Application guidelines – National Acadian Day funding
Celebration and Commemoration Program
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- Objectives for Celebration and Commemoration Program
- Objectives and expected results – National Acadian Day 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
- Email submissions
- Mail or in-person submissions
- 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
- Impact Assessment Act
- Access to information requests
- Disclosure of information
- Audits of recipients and evaluation of the Program
- Contact us
The Acadian people, pioneers and builders of the country, have celebrated National Acadian Day on August 15 since 1881, the year in which the first national Acadian convention was held in Memramcook, New Brunswick. The National Acadian Day Act was assented by the Government of Canada in 2003.
Events during the celebrations of National Acadian Day on August 15 recognize the contribution of Acadians to the Canadian cultural fabric, recognize their historical presence on the land, and recognize their cultural specificity in all its diversity.
Objectives for Celebration and Commemoration Program
The Celebration and Commemoration Program is comprised of two components, Celebrate Canada and Commemorate Canada. The objectives of the Program are to:
- provide access to celebrations across Canada to enable all Canadians to appreciate Canada’s cultural, ethnic, linguistic and geographic diversity.
- provide access to commemorations and celebrations of national significance to all Canadians to recognize Canada’s notable people, places, symbols, anniversaries and accomplishments.
- create opportunities for all Canadians to participate in national celebrations and commemorations that contribute to building a sense of pride and belonging to Canada.
Objectives and expected results – National Acadian Day component
The Program provides funding for community-based activities celebrating and promoting National Acadian Day on August 15. These celebrations enable Canadians to appreciate Canada’s cultural, ethnic, linguistic and geographic diversity.
- provide access to celebrations across Canada to enable all Canadians to appreciate Canada’s cultural, ethnic, linguistic and geographic diversity; and
- create opportunities for Canadians to participate in celebrations that create a sense of pride and belonging to Canada.
December 6, 2021 to submit a letter of intent to host a large-scale project;
February 25, 2022 to submit a funding application for a community event.
When an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.
Who can apply
To be eligible for funding, your organization must be a:
- Canadian not-for-profit organization, such as a corporation, trust, cooperative, unincorporated association, etc.;
- Canadian business corporation where projects are non-commercial in nature; or
- Canadian educational institution, Canadian municipal government or other municipal, provincial/territorial institution.
- Federal, provincial and territorial governments.
We are responsible for determining the eligibility of each applicant, its project and project-related expenses. Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding.
The component – National Acadian Day is highly competitive. Requests for funding typically exceed our available resources. If your organization is eligible, submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.
To be eligible for funding for National Acadian Day, your project must:
- be held on August 15 or the weekend before/after;
- be free of charge; and
- be open to the public and promoted as such.
Only project-related expenses, which can be of cash and in-kind value, are eligible; they may include:
- promotional expenses, communications, entertainment, supplies, equipment;
- traditional food;
- administrative costs (not exceeding 15% of the total contribution), such as salaries and benefits, fees for professional services, bank charges and utilities; and
- travel expenses within Canada and hospitality expenses can not exceed the rates permitted for travel on government business.
- Costs related to major infrastructures, lobbying activities; activities or services that take place outside Canada, prizes, fairs and festivals, and liquor permits are not eligible for funding.
We cannot fund expenses incurred before April 1. If you incur expenses for your project before receiving written confirmation of your funding approval, you will be doing so at your own risk.
In-kind contributions are considered real contributions to the cost of the proposed project but are not reimbursable. Donated goods and services may be considered in-kind contributions if they:
- are essential to your project’s success;
- are eligible and would otherwise have to be purchased or paid for by you;
- can be measured at fair market value (i.e. in relation to similar goods and services); and
- are balanced by an equal revenue in your budget (i.e. total in-kind expenses equal total in-kind revenues).
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.
The total financial assistance received from National Acadian Day and other levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) must not exceed 100 % of your total project-related costs.
The total amount that can be requested to the Program for a National Acadian Day community celebration cannot exceed $5,000.
There is also an opportunity to submit a letter of intent for a large-scale community celebration for National Acadian Day. For more information, please contact the Atlantic regional office.
You can submit only one application for National Acadian Day per the application deadline.
Applying for more than 12 months
The duration of your project cannot exceed 12 months.
How to apply
Read these Application Guidelines in their entirety before completing your application.
You must meet all eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package to be considered for funding. A complete application package includes:
- the Application Form, completed and signed (Part J – Attestation);
- the sub-components of the Application Form:
- the Direct Deposit Form (if you have not yet completed one, or if your information has changed);
- the Unincorporated Applicant Acceptance of Responsibility Form (only in the case of an unincorporated group);
- proof of legal status, which can include letters patent, incorporation documents.
- Complete, sign and date the Application Form;
- Attach all the required supporting documents; and
- Submit your application in only one format.
We encourage you to submit your application package electronically, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The email must be sent no later than 11:59 p.m. local time on the date of the application deadline for your application to be considered.
Mail or in-person submissions
You can mail, courier or hand-deliver your complete application package to:
1045 Main Street, 4th Floor, Unit 106
Moncton, NB E1C 1H1
Your application must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than the published deadline to be considered.
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. Your application will be evaluated based on the evaluation criteria below and in relation to the funds available. Following the receipt of a letter of intent for a large-scale project, a review committee will compare it with other applications to then invite only one organization to complete a funding application. When prioritizing the applications, we will consider the following:
- proposals that seek wider participation and that are inclusive of various community groups such as Indigenous groups, official-language minority communities, ethno cultural groups and youth;
- applicants who have obtained financial support from other sources; and
- activities held on the designated day.
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.
During the prioritization of eligible projects, the following elements will be taken into consideration:
For proposals requesting $5,000 or less:
- The proposal is complete and contains all required documents;
- The applicant demonstrates that it has the capacity to deliver the project;
- The scope of the celebration;
- Contribution from community partners; and
- The proximity of the celebration to other events.
In addition, for a large-scale project:
- Description how the project meets the Program objectives;
- Role of partners;
- Event programming on the designated day;
- Site accessibility;
- Realistic participation rate;
- Completeness of the application; and
- Balanced and detailed budget
Application processing time
Please refer to the Service standards for Canadian Heritage funding programs or contact the Program.
We will acknowledge receipt of your application within two weeks of receiving your application in our office. If you have not received confirmation from the Department within 14 days of submission, please contact the Atlantic regional office: email@example.com
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 agreed 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 to your organization 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 and a final report is required if the funding is a contribution.
Additional conditions may apply and, if applicable, will be included in your funding agreement.
Should you receive funding, you must inform the Atlantic regional office if you make significant changes to your activity.
The Government of Canada is strongly committed to promoting healthy workplaces where harassment, abuse and discrimination are not tolerated. Organizations that receive funding from Canadian Heritage must take measures to create 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 or 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.
Impact Assessment Act
If you receive funding, your project may be subject to the provisions of the Impact Assessment Act. 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:
Department of Canadian Heritage
Celebration and Commemoration Program
1045 Main Street, 4th Floor, Unit 106
Moncton NB E1C 1H1
1-888-997-3123 (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. (Eastern Time).
- 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 accounting principles.
- Business plan
- A written document that describes your organization’s current status and plans for two to five years. It identifies future opportunities and includes the financial, operational and marketing strategies to achieve your goals.
- 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.
- Ethnocultural communities
- A group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage. For the purpose of this definition, ethnocultural communities include Canadians of diverse culture such as, but not limited to African, Arab, Asian, Latin American or mixed heritage.
- 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.
- Final financial report
- A final financial report includes, as separate items, the budget as well as all of the revenues realized and expenditures incurred for the given period with regard to the Project being funded.
- Indigenous communities
- Indigenous communities include First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
- 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.
- Official-language minority communities
- The official-language minority communities are the Anglophone communities residing in Quebec and the Francophone communities residing outside of Quebec.
- An individual working on behalf of others without receiving financial or material gain.
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