Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada committed $15 million in 2021-2022 to help support the reopening of the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors.

The Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative (the Initiative), administered by Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF), is well positioned to help Canadian arts and heritage organizations prepare their spaces to reopen while following public health guidelines. The support can be used for renovating or adapting spaces, and for the purchase and installation of health and safety-related specialized equipment. Examples include the addition of an outdoor programming space, the purchase and installation of plexiglass barriers or improving ventilation systems.

Objectives and expected results

The Initiative will provide 1-time project-based support to arts and heritage organizations to upgrade their space to safely reopen while following relevant public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

The Initiative aims to:

  • increase the number of cultural facilities able to safely re-welcome workers and the public to their spaces

Who can apply

The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • a not-for-profit arts and/or heritage organization incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, or under the equivalent provincial or territorial legislation
  • a provincial/territorial government and municipal administration and their agencies or an equivalent Indigenous peoples’ institution or organization (Indigenous peoples include Inuit, Métis, Status and Non-Status people)

How to apply

  • Read the detailed funding parameters in their entirety
  • Contact the Canadian Heritage regional office nearest you to discuss your project and obtain an application package
  • All applicants will be required to fill out:
    • an application and attestation form that includes a project description
    • a budget form related to the project
  • Only complete applications will be accepted

Program advisors may request additional information and documents for assessment purposes, which must be provided within ten days.

Application deadline

There is no deadline to apply for the Fund. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis for projects to be carried out before March 31, 2022.

Applications will be assessed as they are received by the program, until the Fund is fully disbursed.

Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure that the program has sufficient time to assess their application and the organization has enough time to carry out its project before March 31, 2022.

Although all efforts will be made to assess applications in a timely fashion, the program cannot guarantee that applications received later than Friday, January 14, 2022, will be assessed before March 31, 2022.

Contact us

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Department of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau QC  J8X 4B3
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

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

Regional offices of the Department of Canadian Heritage

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