Endowment Incentives – Canada Cultural Investment Fund

Canada Cultural Investment Fund – Endowment Incentives component encourages private donors to contribute to endowment funds for not-for-profit professional arts organizations, so they can access new sources of funding in the future. Raising capital and creating endowments gives these organizations greater capacity for realizing artistic expression by supporting their long-term stability.

Canadians are encouraged to support the arts by providing donations to an arts organization's endowment fund. The government provides matching funds – of up to one dollar for every dollar raised from private donors – to create endowment funds or to increase existing ones.

Important update

The revised Guidelines and the 2021-2022 Application Form are now available. Note that previous versions of the application form will not be accepted.

Please consult the Summary of key changes for more information.

Who can apply

An application to the Endowment Incentives component must be submitted jointly by a not-for-profit professional arts organization and an associated public foundation. Both parties must meet specific eligibility criteria.

Heritage organizations, competitions, arts service organizations, Federal agencies, Crown corporations, provinces, territories, and municipalities and their agencies are not eligible under this component.

Application deadline

December 1

How to apply

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Canadian Heritage before completing their application. Applicants must:

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Department of Canadian Heritage
Canada Cultural Investment Fund
Endowment Incentives Component
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