Application Guidelines – Projects component
The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
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- Objectives and expected results for the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
- Objectives and expected results for the Projects component
- Application deadline
- Who can apply
- Eligible projects
- Eligible expenses
- Limits of government assistance
- Applying for more than 12 months
- How to apply
- Application process
- How applications are evaluated
- Evaluation criteria
- Application processing time
- Funding decisions
- How funding is provided
- Funding conditions
- Workplace well-being
- Official languages requirements
- Acknowledgement of financial assistance
- Environmental Assessment Act
- Access to information requests
- Disclosure of information
- Audits of recipients and evaluation of the Program
- Contact us
Objectives and expected results for the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program supports the mandate of the Department of Canadian Heritage by building on Canada's strength as a diverse and inclusive society.
The Program's objective is to build an integrated, socially cohesive society by:
- building bridges to promote intercultural understanding;
- promoting equal opportunity for individuals of all origins, and
- promoting citizenship, civic engagement and a healthy democracy.
Objectives and expected results for the Projects component
The Projects component of the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program provides funding for community development, anti-racism initiatives, and engagement projects that promote diversity and inclusion by encouraging interaction among community groups.
We support projects that encourage positive interaction between cultural, religious, and ethnic communities in Canada and projects that promote the expression of Canadians' multiple identities. This interaction, through the inclusion and welcoming of diverse Canadians, will help to increase participants' sense of belonging and attachment to Canada.
Expected results are that participants and communities gain knowledge, develop strategies and take action to:
- increase awareness of Canada’s cultural diversity;
- increase awareness of issues affecting full participation in society and the economy, related to culture, ethnicity or religion;
- increase awareness of democratic institutions, systems, and legal frameworks, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and
- increase capacity within communities to address racism and discrimination.
This component is for projects that address one or more of the following priority themes:
- work toward the elimination of discrimination, racism and prejudice, with a priority for those targeted against Indigenous Peoples, and racialized women and girls;
- provide opportunities for youth community engagement and involvement; and
- bring people together through art, culture, and/or sport.
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Who can apply
The following groups and institutions are eligible for funding:
- Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) governments, tribal councils, band councils, or organizations;
- Canadian not-for-profit organizations and associations;
- Non-federal Canadian public institutions such as boards of education, schools, colleges and universities, chambers of commerce, law enforcement and police agencies, hospitals and other health care institutions;
- Crown Corporations as defined in the Financial Administration Act;
- Provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments and their agencies (must apply in partnership with a non-governmental organization); and
- Private sector (applications from the private sector must include at least one not-for-profit partner organization in the form of either financial or in-kind support).
Specific consideration will be given to organizations whose projects target communities impacted by racism and discrimination.
To be eligible for funding your project must contribute to the Program's priorities, objectives and expected results.
The following types of activities are eligible:
- mentorships and internships;
- skills development initiatives;
- development of learning materials, tools, and training sessions;
- network and partnership development;
- leadership and volunteerism initiatives;
- knowledge sharing initiatives;
- meetings, events and workshops; and
- development of programs, policies and services responsive to diversity, or combatting racism and discrimination.
Activities funded under the Events component of the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program cannot receive funding under the Projects component for the same activities.
Only project-related cash expenses are eligible; these may include:
- rental of office space and equipment not normally used in your organization's daily operations;
- promotion and communications costs:
- salaries, benefits and consultant fees directly related to the project;
- travel and accommodation within Canada, which must not exceed the rates permitted for travel on government business;
- hospitality (only for meals and refreshments for workshop participants);
- insurance (recipients must ensure that any public events funded by the Program are covered by appropriate insurance);
- evaluation and audit; and
- meetings, events and workshops (organization, logistics, venue).
In all cases, administrative/overhead costs (e.g. rental of office space) will be limited to a maximum of 15% of the total project funding.
We cannot fund expenses incurred prior to receiving your application. If you incur expenses for your project before receiving written confirmation of your funding approval, you will be doing so at your own risk.
Expenses that will not be considered for funding include:
- any type of Director's fees for volunteer members of Boards or other governing bodies;
- capital costs or expenditures;
- annual general meetings or regular executive board meetings of an organization or association, including related travel;
- ongoing production of newsletters, newspapers, magazines, journals, or radio and television broadcasts;
- core program expenses, including those incurred by the organization in its normal or daily conduct of business; and
- in-kind expenses.
We are responsible for determining the eligibility of each applicant, its project, and project-related expenses.
The Program is highly competitive. Requests for funding typically exceed our available resources. If your organization is eligible, submitting an application does not guarantee funding.
Limits of government assistance
To ensure the success of your project, we encourage you to have other funding sources. This may include contributions from your organization, the private sector, or other levels of government.
Total government assistance cannot exceed 100% of total eligible project-related expenses. Total government assistance includes all levels of government funding: federal, provincial and municipal.
We can fund up to $200,000 per project in the case of grants, and $2,000,000 per project in the case of contributions.
Applying for more than 12 months
If your project spans more than 12 months, you must show that there is a need for a multi-year commitment and that you have the capacity to complete the project. This is demonstrated with a realistic project timeline and budget projections, as well as sound governance.
How to apply
Please contact us to receive an application package.
Read the Application Guidelines in their entirety before completing your application.
You must meet all the eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package to be considered for funding. A complete application package includes:
- the Application Form Projects-CSMARI;
- a balanced (no surplus or deficit) Budget Form Projects-CSMARI; and
- the following supporting documents:
- two most recent financial statements (annual audited statements if available);
- documents demonstrating your organization's legal constitution, bylaws, and incorporation, or articles of association for unincorporated applicants; and
- letters of support from project partners (if applicable).
Additional documents may be required, depending on the nature of your project.
- Complete, sign, and date the Application Form;
- Complete the Budget Form;
- Attach all the required supporting documents; and
- submit your application through only one means (i.e., by email, mail, in-person, etc.).
We encourage you to submit your application package electronically, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail or in-person submissions
You can mail, courier or hand-deliver your complete application package to the nearest office of the Department of Canadian Heritage or headquarters of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Please contact us if you wish to submit your application package by fax.
How applications are evaluated
We fund projects that have clear objectives and measurable results. Funding decisions are based on the number and quality of applications received. Your application will be evaluated based on the criteria below. It will be compared with other applications received and prioritized in relation to the funds available.
Failure to comply with any conditions of a previously funded project will be considered in the evaluation of your new application and could result in the rejection of your new application.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate all eligible applications:
- the project contributes to the program objectives and the expected results of the Projects component;
- the project demonstrates efficient use of resources and value for money;
- the application clearly demonstrates the need for and the value-added of the project;
- project activities are clearly described and the project has an effective dissemination plan to share results;
- the project plans to conduct performance measurement and report on results, and expected project results are realistic and measurable;
- the project is likely to have lasting impacts in the community or communities;
- stakeholders and beneficiaries are active participants in project design and implementation;
- demonstrated involvement of more than one single cultural, religious and/or ethnic community and concrete opportunities for positive interaction between them;
- proposed activities create concrete opportunities for positive interaction between different communities;
- the project is designed to effectively reach the target audience;
- the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) as an engagement/promotional tool in the project (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.);
- project partners are confirmed and contribute to the project (if applicable);
- the project has financial and/or in-kind support from several sources and the applicant has successfully raised funds from sources other than the Government of Canada (if applicable);
- the applicant has the capacity and necessary resources to successfully carry out the project and has presented a reasonable, detailed, and balanced budget; and
- the applicant has demonstrated the required experience, capacity and governance structure to successfully deliver the proposed project.
Application processing time
We will acknowledge receipt of your application within two weeks of the date your application is received by the Department.
We reserve the right to target our funding to specific projects.
Please note that decisions regarding eligibility and funding amounts are final.
How funding is provided
We will determine if funding will be disbursed as a grant or as a contribution.
A grant is a payment issued to a recipient for a project. The conditions you agree to at the time of application will apply. At the end of your project, you may be required to submit a report and/or participate in the evaluation of results.
A contribution is a conditional payment issued for a specific purpose, as outlined in a funding agreement. The agreement is signed by your organization and by us, and specifies the terms and conditions to receive payment. At the end of your project, you must submit a final report.
You may be required to submit interim reports during your project. If you receive $250,000 or more as a contribution, you are required to submit an audited financial report.
Additional funding conditions may apply and, if applicable, will be included in your funding agreement.
The Government of Canada is committed to promoting healthy workplaces where harassment, abuse and discrimination are not tolerated. Organizations that receive funding from Canadian Heritage must take measures conducive to creating a workplace free from harassment, abuse and discrimination.
Official languages requirements
We are committed to taking positive measures to enhance the vitality of official language minority communities and to promote the use of English and French in Canadian society. If you receive funding, you agree to comply with the official languages requirements set out in your application and in your funding agreement.
Acknowledgement of financial assistance
If you receive funding, you must publicly acknowledge – in English and in French – the financial support received from the Government of Canada in all communications materials and promotional activities. Additional requirements may be included in your funding agreement.
For additional information, please refer to our Guide on the public acknowledgement of financial support.
Environmental Assessment Act
If you receive funding, your project may be subject to the provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. If your activities are to be carried out on federal lands, we will contact you for additional information prior to the start of your project.
Access to information requests
Disclosure of information
By submitting your funding application, you authorize us to disclose any information submitted with this application within the Government of Canada or to outside entities for the following purposes:
- to reach a decision;
- to evaluate the results of the project; and
- to support transparency, accountability and citizen engagement.
Audits of recipients and evaluation of the Program
We reserve the right to audit your accounts and records to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of your funding agreement. We also conduct periodic Program evaluations, during which you may be required to present documentation.
You must keep any records, documents, or other information that may be required to perform the audit or the evaluation for five years. Demonstrated failure to maintain such records may result in the repayment of amounts previously received.
For further information, please contact us by:
- Department of Canadian Heritage
Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
15 Eddy Street
- (for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired)
Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).
This glossary contains definitions for some important terms used in the application guidelines, the application form or any other documents that could be required in the assessment of your project.
- Administrative costs
- Administrative expenses such as office supplies, telephone, fax, Internet, utilities, postage, courier, photocopying/printing, and rent for office space.
- Audited financial report
- An audited financial report includes a statement of operations for the given period with regard to the project and is prepared by a certified accountant who is not part of your organization.
- Audited financial statements:
- A complete set of financial statements including a statement of financial position; a statement of operations; and a statement of changes in financial position. Audited financial statements are completed by a certified accountant who is not part of your organization. The certified accountant performs auditing activities in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
- Cash flow
- A presentation of all anticipated revenues and planned expenses that will occur over the length of your project. At the beginning of your project, your cash flow will have only forecasted revenues and expenses. Over time, your cash flow will be updated to reflect the actual revenues and expenses.
- Final financial report
- A final financial report includes, as separate items, the budget as well as all the revenues realized and expenditures incurred for the given period with regard to the project being funded.
- Final report
- A final report is submitted at the end of your project based on the requirements in the funding agreement. Your final report needs to provide the results of the activities you have undertaken for the duration of your project.
- Financial statements
- A complete set of financial statements, including a statement of financial position; a statement of operations; and a statement of changes in financial position. Financial statements may be audited or unaudited.
- Payments for services provided by a person who is not a staff member of the organization, or by a firm that is separate from the organization. For example, it includes fees for, or in respect of, services provided by writers, translators and event managers.
- Indigenous communities
- Indigenous communities include First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
- In-kind contribution
- In-kind contributions are considered real contributions to the cost of the proposed activities but are not reimbursable. Donated goods and services may be considered in-kind contributions if they are essential to an event's success; if they would otherwise have to be purchased or paid for by the recipient; if they can be measured at fair market value (i.e., in relation to similar goods and services); and if they are balanced by an equal expense in the budget.
- Interim reports
- Interim reports are submitted during your project based on the requirements in the funding agreement. These reports indicate the results of the activities undertaken for a specific period. In addition, they include a status report on the work to be accomplished and updated revenue and expense reports.
- Liability insurance
- Insurance for claims arising from injuries or damage to other people or property.
- National in scope:
- Projects that are delivered or have an impact in three or more provinces and/or territories.
- Official-language minority communities
- The official-language minority communities are the Anglophone communities residing in Quebec and the Francophone communities residing outside of Quebec.
- All parties (individuals, communities, community-based organizations, public and private sector institutions and funding bodies) with a vested interest in a particular issue.
- An individual working on behalf of others without receiving financial or material gain.
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