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HCNT Lighthouse Funding Support!

Funding is being made available to support the repair and conservation of historic lighthouses along Nova Scotia’s Fundy Shore. Apply now!

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Funding for Leadership and Organizational Development

Funding for Research

Funding for Publications, Content and New Media Development

Funding for Youth Education and Employment

General Funding for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Community


Funding for Sites/Projects/’Bricks & Mortar’

Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program
This initiative offers cash grants (up to $4,000) and paint (up to $750 retail value) to support registered charities with heritage restoration projects in Canada. Benjamin Moore & Co., Limited, in partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, offers cash grants (up to $4,000) and paint (up to $750 retail value) to support heritage restoration projects in Canada. Canadian registered charities with volunteers from the local community may apply for funding, but priority is given to the specific communities targeted in Benjamin Moore’s three regions: Western, Central and Eastern. The communities change each year.

Contact: Sara Lyons
Community Foundations of Canada
slyons@communityfoundations.ca
613-236-2664 ext. 331

Runciman Endowment Fund - Lighthouse Funding Support

Funding from the Runciman Endowment Fund for Heritage Conservation, created with the assistance of a generous bequest, is being made available to support the repair and conservation of historic lighthouses along Nova Scotia’s Fundy Shore, in the counties of Digby, Annapolis and Kings.

HCF will consider funding requests from community groups and organizations seeking one-time financial support for repair and heritage conservation work at historic lighthouses in the three named counties. Among other considerations, priority will be given to:

  • Proposals to preserve lighthouses that are included on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans surplus lists.
  • Proposals for lighthouse preservation that include pledges of financial support from the community and/or other funding partners.

Financial support from the Runciman Fund can be part of a viable business plan to sustain historic lighthouses over the long term.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee with representation from the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, the Nova Scotia Heritage Trust, the Annapolis Heritage Society and the Heritage Canada Foundation.

For more information, see the Terms and Conditions and the Grant Application Form.

Donors who would like to contribute to the Runciman Endowment Fund for Heritage Conservation or help create additional lighthouse preservation funds are encouraged to contact HCF at heritagecanada@heritagecanada.org

Cenotaph & Monument Restoration Program

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is committed to honouring those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace, and to keeping the memory of their achievements and sacrifices alive for all Canadians. The Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program (CMRP), which supports this commitment, aims to expand the reach of remembrance programming by providing funding for projects that recognize traditional and modern-day Canadian Veterans and those who died in service. Supporting commemorative projects ensures that cenotaphs and monuments to Canada’s Veterans and war dead are conserved, and that these places of remembrance, reflection and thanks are preserved.

Funding for Leadership and Organizational Development

Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund distributes a total of $1,000,000 in funding annually to a range of small, medium and large projects that have been proposed and selected by communities, through an on-line competition format.

Canadian Museums Association Bursary Program
Funding is available for individual professional development through events related to museum studies. Individuals must apply for a bursary before the event and are eligible for a maximum of five bursaries or $5,000.

Contact: Veronique Chikuru
Tel: 613-567-0099 x. 228

Heritage Organization Development Grant Program 
The ministry provides annual operating support to over 200 historical societies and heritage organizations across the province. The purpose of the Heritage Organization Development Grant (HODG) program is to encourage and assist incorporated heritage organizations to expand the audience for heritage activities within their communities. Applicants must meet all criteria under Regulation 879 of the Ontario Heritage Act in order to qualify for this regulated grant program.

Daniel O'Brien
Museum and Heritage Programs Advisor
Tel: (416) 314-7160
Email: daniel.obrien@ontario.ca

Angelina French
Program Assistant
Tel: (416) 326-8536
Email: angelina.french@ontario.ca

Museums Assistance Program (MAP)
Incorporated, not-for-profit museums, heritage services organizations, and Aboriginal governing bodies/ organizations supporting Aboriginal heritage can apply for project funding related to Access to Heritage, Exhibition Circulation Fund, Aboriginal Heritage, Organizational Development, and the Canada France Agreement. The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is a Department of Canadian Heritage initiative that helps fund projects in the categories of Access to Heritage, Exhibition Circulation Fund, Aboriginal Heritage, Organizational Development, and the Canada France Agreement. Incorporated, not-for-profit Canadian museums, heritage services organizations, and Aboriginal governing bodies and organizations with a mandate to support Aboriginal heritage are eligible to apply for funding. Applications are accepted once a year, and are typically due in November. Contact your regional program officer. Tel: 1-866-811-0055

Support for Interpretation and Translation
This Department of Canadian Heritage initiative assists primarily Canadian not-for-profit organizations to fund simultaneous interpretation and translation of public events, intended for the Canadian public. Support for Interpretation and Translation is a Department of Canadian Heritage initiative that assists primarily Canadian not-for-profit organizations to fund simultaneous interpretation and translation (from one official language to the other) of public events, such as conferences, or of documents intended for the Canadian public. Requests can be submitted throughout the year, but an organization can only submit one funding request per fiscal year, and funding may not exceed 50% of eligible expenses (to a maximum of $5,000). Tel.: 1-866-811-0055


Funding for Research

External Research Program (ERP)
Canadian researchers may apply to funding of up to $25,000 to conduct research related to housing.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s External Research Program (ERP) offers funding up to $25,000 for Canadian researchers to conduct research on topics related to housing. Applications are typically due in October and results posted by the end of April each year. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status.

Contact: Project Officer, Responsive Programs, Policy and Research
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
700 Montréal Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0P7
Tel.: 613-748-2526
Email: erp@cmhc.ca


Funding for Publications, Content and New Media Development

Support for Interpretation and Translation

This Department of Canadian Heritage initiative assists primarily Canadian not-for-profit organizations to fund simultaneous interpretation and translation of public events, intended for the Canadian public. Support for Interpretation and Translation is a Department of Canadian Heritage initiative that assists primarily Canadian not-for-profit organizations to fund simultaneous interpretation and translation (from one official language to the other) of public events, such as conferences, or of documents intended for the Canadian public. Requests can be submitted throughout the year, but an organization can only submit one funding request per fiscal year, and funding may not exceed 50% of eligible expenses (to a maximum of $5,000). Tel.: 1-866-811-0055


Funding for Youth Education and Employment

Canada Summer Jobs
Not-for-profit, public sector and small size private sector (less than 50 employees) organizations are eligible to apply for funding to create career-related summer jobs for students.
Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is a Service Canada initiative that is part of the Summer Work Experience program and provides wage subsidies to Canadian employers to create career-related summer jobs for students. Not-for-profit, public sector and small size private sector (less than 50 employees) organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline typically falls in early spring.

Tel: 1-800-935-5555
TTY: 1-800-926-9105
Visit your local Service Canada Centre

First Nations and Inuit Youth Work Experience Program
This Indian and Northern Affairs Canada initiative supports projects that offer First Nation and Inuit youth mentored work experiences that enhance employable skills. First Nation and Inuit governments and non-profit organizations may apply, and the maximum contribution awarded is $3,000. Tel: 1-800-567-9604

Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund

Administered by the Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF), the Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund awards funds annually to one or more Canadian students or young professionals (age 35 and under) pursuing studies or working in heritage conservation or a related field. With assistance from the Fund, Herb Stovel Scholars will deepen their capacity in heritage conservation through study at an educational institution or through experiential learning and conference attendance. There are two types of support: up to $2,500 for candidates who propose projects or study programs that continue Herb's interest in community innovation and/or international dialogue in conservation theory and practice; or HCF Conference travel bursories up to $1,000 and free conference registration for candidates to attend the HCF annual conference.

For information on how to apply, or to make a donation to the fund contact:
Heritage Canada Foundation: www.heritagecanada.org
Tel.: 613-237-1066 or 1-866-964-1066; or by email: heritagecanada@heritagecanada.org

Young Canada Works (YCW)
This program helps employers to create summer jobs for students and recent graduates. YCW in Heritage is delivered by several organizations, and applications are usually due in February each year. The Young Canada Works (YCW) program, a Youth Employment Strategy initiative funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, helps employers in the creation of summer jobs for students and recent graduates. YCW in Heritage is delivered by several organizations such as the Heritage Canada Foundation, Canadian Museums Association, Canadian Library Association, Canadian Council of Archives. Applications are usually due in February each year.

Department of Canadian Heritage
Tel: 1-800-935-5555


General Funding for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Community

Celebrate Canada 
A wide range of groups are eligible to apply for funding to support community activities and events that celebrate Canada during the period of June 21 to July 1. Celebrate Canada is a Department of Canadian Heritage program that helps support community activities and events that celebrate Canada during the period of June 21 to July 1 (including National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day). Non-governmental community and charitable organizations, municipal governments, educational institutions and public and private corporations are eligible to apply. Contact your Celebrate Canada Committee regional office.

The Getty Foundation
The foundation provides grants to national and international professional membership organizations in fields related to the preservation of the visual arts.
The Getty Foundation provides grants to national and international professional membership organizations in fields related to the preservation of the visual arts, such as art history, conservation, and museums. Organizations are asked to submit a preliminary letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full application.

Contact: The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA, 90049-1685
Tel.: 310-440-7320

Green Municipal Fund
Grants of up to $350,000 are available to municipal governments to cover half the eligible costs of integrated sustainable community Plans and Studies. Funding is also available for Capital Projects related to brownfields, energy, transportation, waste, water.

Hylcan Foundation
Grant applications are accepted from registered charities fitting the following categories: health and social service, education, arts and animal welfare. Grants range from approximately $1,000-$25,000. The Hylcan Foundation accepts grant applications from registered charities across Canada that have been advised to apply and that fit within the following categories: health and social service, education, arts and animal welfare. Applications are reviewed each May and October, and applicants are asked to discuss their prospective project with the coordinator of the program before submitting an application. Grants range from approximately $1,000-$25,000.

Contact: Judy Martin
24 Windsor Avenue
Westmount, Québec, H3Y 2L6
Tel: 514-369-4731
Fax: 514-488-4940 

Innovative Communities Fund (ICF)
Not-for-profit, non-commercial organizations in Atlantic Canada with projects that strengthen communities by promoting economic development and addressing particular community challenges may apply for funding.
The Innovative Communities Fund is an Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) program that contributes toward projects that strengthen communities in Atlantic Canada by promoting economic development and addressing particular challenges faced by communities. The fund is a total of $175 million over five years, and the amounts allocated to particular projects are determined by the level of funding necessary for the project to proceed. Not-for-profit, non-commercial organizations in Atlantic Canada with projects that clearly fit the objectives of the program are eligible to apply for funding.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Tel: 1-800-561-7862

The McLean Foundation
Applications are accepted from registered charitable organizations. Grants are awarded to projects that demonstrate a general public benefit in areas such as conservation, the arts, education, health and welfare. Grants average approximately $6,500 in a given year.

Contact: Ms. Ev McTaggart
The McLean Foundation
2 St. Clair Ave. W., Suite 1008
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4V 1L5
Tel: (416) 964-6802
Fax: (416) 964-2804
Email: info@mcleanfoundation.ca

The Royal Bank of Canada Charitable Foundation
Grant applications are accepted from not-for-profit, registered charities that fit within the following categories: education, health, social services, civic and arts and culture.
The Royal Bank of Canada Charitable Foundation accepts grant applications from not-for-profit, registered charities in Canada that fit within the following categories: education, health, social services, civic and arts and culture. Application requests are accepted by regional offices throughout the year and are responded to within 90 days. RBC targets programs and projects that add value to the scope of services offered by organizations that have a broad base of funders and RBC involvement. Please contact RBC about the specific types of organizations that are not eligible.

Contact: 9th Floor, South Tower
Royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2J5
Tel: 416-974-3113