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Grants and Contributions to Nunavut Nonprofits, Individuals, and Municipalities to Promote and Preserve Local Culture

Culture and Heritage Grants and Contributions


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Funding Source
Government of Nunavut, Department of Culture and Heritage
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Nunavut;

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants and contributions to Nunavut nonprofit organizations, individuals, and municipalities for programs and activities that promote, protect, preserve, and revitalize local culture, heritage, and official languages. Funding is intended for projects within a range of focus areas, including but not limited to youth, elders, language, arts, culture and heritage, and Inuit societal values.

Each year the Department of Culture and Heritage funds over 100 separate grants and contributions. These include both complex and minor projects. Community-based projects that involve local people, especially elders and youth, are strongly supported. These programs have a significant impact on individuals and communities across Nunavut. 

This policy is based on the following principles:

  1. Programs support the growth of community capacity, independence, and self-reliance;
  2. Programs and services support the values, knowledge, beliefs, and cultural distinctiveness of the people of Nunavut;
  3. Partnerships will respect the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit guiding principles of:
    • Pijitsirniq (to serve and provide for community);
    • Aajiiqatigiinniq (arriving at a decision through discussion and consensus);
    • Piliriqatigiinniq (working together for a common cause); and,
    • Qanuqtuurniq (being innovative and resourceful).
  4. All roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, and the process is open and transparent to the public.

Grants and Contributions are available for programs related to:

  • Heritage: Culture and Heritage Grant; Toponymy Contributions; Heritage Centre Core Funding; Arts Contributions; Culture & Heritage Contributions; Archaeology or Paleontology Research; Heritage Facilities Contributions; Cultural Communications Programs; and Community Library Services 
  • Elders and Youth: Elder Initiatives Grant; Youth Initiative Grants; Elders and Youth Facilities Contributions; Elder and Youth Committee Grant
  • Official Languages: Inuit Language Initiatives; French Language Initiatives; and Community Radio Grant
  • Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit / Inuit Societal Values: The Inuit Societal Values funding program is to strengthen Elders’ roles in the process of addressing social and community well-being issues through Inuit Inuusilirijjusingit

For information about specific program areas, begin here:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
(a) Eligibility is restricted to individuals, nonprofit organizations, and municipal corporations.
(b) The Community Radio Grant, Heritage Centre Core Funding Contribution, and Public Library Services Contribution funding streams may accept funding proposals to provide ongoing financial support to applicant organizations. Funding proposals for all other grants and contributions funding streams must be project specific, with a clearly defined timeline for completion.
(c) All funding proposals for grants and contributions must be for projects or initiatives that are delivered within the Nunavut Settlement Area, as defined by the Nunavut Agreement.

Organizations, agencies, or individuals that do not meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to consider partnerships with non-profit community-based organizations, or municipal corporations.

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline is January 31, each year.

Applications submitted to any address other than the ones listed, below, will not be considered.

Estimated Size of Grant
For information regarding grant amounts for individual categories, begin on Page 12 of the Policies document in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract
Applicants can apply for multi-year funding on various schedules.

Contact Information
You can submit your proposal and address questions to

Contact Information:
Financial Analyst, Grants & Contributions
Department of Culture and Heritage
P.O. Box. 1000, station 800,
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 975-5519
Fax: (867) 975-5523 or (867) 975-5504
Toll free number: 1-866-934-2035

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