Celebration and Commemoration Program — Reopening Fund

Current status: Closed

PLEASE NOTE: The application intake is now closed and financing is no longer available through the Reopening Fund. For further information on other funding opportunities, please visit: Funding – Culture, history and sport.

This 1-year funding initiative, available through the Celebration and Commemoration Program, will provide funding to eligible recipients to support initiatives that meet 1 or more of the following requirements:

  • increase opportunities for Canadians to participate in various commemorative activities and celebrations to mark Canada’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • build a sense of pride and belonging to Canada by holding celebratory and commemorative activities that recognize people and achievements in the response to COVID-19
  • support the revival of local economies through in person events

Who can apply

The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organization, corporation, trust, cooperative, or unincorporated association
  • Canadian for-profit organization where proposed projects are non-commercial in nature
  • Canadian educational institution
  • Canadian provincial/territorial, municipal government, Indigenous government (or equivalent authority) or another municipal, provincial or territorial institution

The following organizations are not eligible for funding:

  • private individuals and political parties
  • federal departments, their institutions and portfolio agencies

Eligible projects

To be eligible for funding from the Celebration and Commemoration Reopening Fund, your project must:

  • be free of charge (no admission fees or donation required for entry)
  • be open to the general public and promoted as such
  • support the revival of local economies after the hardship of the pandemic
  • commemorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, either as a general theme or by specifically honouring first responders, front-line workers, communities, pay tribute to lives lost or
  • provide an opportunity for Canadians impacted by COVID-19 to share their stories, experiences and contributions during the course of the pandemic in Canada

Examples of eligible projects:

  • one-time celebratory or commemorative events that encourage participation and engagement
  • commemorative gardens or monuments (not exceeding $100,000)
  • educational and awareness material, exhibits or documentaries

The project must not be designed for fundraising for operational purposes or generate commercial advantage or profit.

How to apply

  • Contact Commemorate Canada to request an application package, including the application guidelines and form
  • Read the Application Guidelines in their entirety before completing your application
  • Complete, sign and date the Application Form (electronic signatures are accepted)
  • Attach all the required supporting documents
  • Submit your application by email

If your funding request is over $1,000,000, please contact the program directly before submitting your application.

You must meet all eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package by January 31, 2022, to be considered for funding.

Application deadline

The application intake is now closed.

Contact us

Commemorate Canada
Department of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy St
11th floor (25-11-T)
Gatineau QC J8X 4B5
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (ET).

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