Library and Archives Canada offers financial assistance to preserve and share your histories and documentary heritage
“The work done by documentary heritage devotees on projects that we have been able to support financially is absolutely amazing! The range of initiatives and their impact reflect an incredible wealth of material. This program clearly shows the importance of collaboration among memory institutions, regardless of their nature. It is through more collaboration, more partnerships, more public awareness and more relevance that we can realize all the fantastic possibilities available to us when we work together.”
Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
“The financial assistance provided by the Program has enabled us to treat, digitize and preserve nitrate negatives, which are highly flammable and unstable supports that generate gases threatening the preservation of the negatives and adjacent prints. Digitizing nitrate negatives is a way to share images with the public and preserve the images over the long term. As a museum, we have a multitude of dissemination projects in which these images could be used, including social media.”
Mylène Bélanger, Archivist, EXPORAIL, Canadian Railway Museum
Since the Documentary Heritage Communities Program was created in 2015, Library and Archives Canada has invested $6 million in supporting some 170 projects submitted by 130 organizations.
The following types of non-profit organizations can apply for financial assistance under the Program, whether they are incorporated or not: libraries, archives, historical societies, professional library and archival associations, genealogical organizations and societies, organizations with an archival component, Indigenous organizations, and Indigenous governmental institutions.
Applications received by Library and Archives Canada are reviewed by an External Advisory Committee.
The Program supports a wide range of projects across all provinces and territories: women’s groups, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2, visible minorities and linguistic-minority communities, among others.
Some changes have been made to the program guidelines for 2019–2020.
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