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Canada History Fund

Grants to Canada Organizations and IHEs to
Engage Citizens in History, Policy, and Civics

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Government of Canada - Department of Canadian Heritage

Deadline Date:

09/30/18 11:59 PM Local Time Electronic Submission of Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Canada organizations and postsecondary institutions to engage citizens in learning about the nation’s history, public policy, and civics. Funding will support the production of educational materials, as well as the maintenance or creation of networks, and the organization of learning activities.

Expected results include:
-Learning materials and activities related to Canada’s history, civics and public policy are developed;
-Formal and informal history, civics and public policy networks are developed;
-Educators and specialists use new knowledge to promote learning opportunities about Canada’s history, civics and public policy;
-Leadership and collaboration in Canada’s history, civics and public policy sectors are encouraged; and
-Knowledge of Canada’s history, civics and public policy is enhanced amongst Canadians.

Eligible projects may include:
-Learning materials;
-Websites, mobile applications or other new media tools;
-Group activities such as conferences and workshops;
-Establishment of networks and partnerships;
-Large-scale works of reference; and
-Research and publications on current trends and public policy issues about Canada.

Conservation and archive-building projects; and projects designed to fill the curriculum needs of one specific province or one particular course/institution are not eligible.

Eligible expenses:

The Department will only fund eligible project-related expenses, which can be of cash and in-kind value. These may include:
-Up to 75% of costs for the design, development, delivery, promotion, and evaluation of projects; or
-Up to 100% of costs for large-scale works of reference on Canada.

Administrative expenses are limited to a maximum of 15% of the total amount of funding.

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).

Your application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
-The project’s significance in the history/civics sector;
-The project is aligned with the objectives of the Canada History Fund;
-The project’s capacity to reach a wide audience in both of Canada’s official languages;
-The budget is reasonable and balanced (no surplus or deficit); and
-The organization has the capacity to carry out the project.

Priority for funding recommendations will be given to projects that:
-Integrate themes of inclusion and diversity;
-Address the history of Official Language Minority Communities;
-Address the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada;
-Build on the commitment to engage young Canadians;
-Have a pan-Canadian focus or importance;
-Demonstrate a wide potential reach and are aimed at the general public;
-Provide interactive learning experiences;
-Explore innovative uses of technology; and
-Include diversified funding sources.

It is expected that all activities undertaken as part of funded projects will take into consideration the needs of diverse Canadians, including Canadians of various faiths, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183569

Term of Contract:

You may request funding for a project spanning more than 12 months. You must then show that there is a need for a multi-year commitment and that you have the capacity to complete the project. This is demonstrated with a realistic project timeline and budget projections as well as sound governance and continued financial viability.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be:
-An organization that has a mandate with a focus on Canadian history, civics, or public policy, and a demonstrated track record of successfully delivering programming nationally; or
-A post-secondary educational institution.

All applicants must demonstrate that their activities have a national geographic reach.

Individuals, governments, Indigenous authorities and Canadian organizations that generally deliver regional programming are not eligible.

The Department is responsible for determining the eligibility of each applicant, the project and project-related expenses.

The Canada History Fund is highly competitive. Requests for funding typically exceed available resources. If your organization is eligible, submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.

The Department cannot fund expenses that you incurred before we receive your application. If you incur expenses for your project before receiving written confirmation of your funding approval, you will be doing so at your own risk.

Pre-Application Information:

To ensure the success of your project, you are encouraged to have other funding sources. This may include contributions from your organization, the private sector or other levels of government.

Additional funding cannot come from another Department of Canadian Heritage program. The total financial assistance received from the Canada History Fund and other levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial) and municipal administration cannot exceed 100% of the total eligible project-related costs.

The application deadline is September 30.

When an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

The embedded “sent” date must be no later than 11:59 p.m. local time on the date of the application deadline for your application to be considered eligible.

You can mail, courier or hand-deliver your complete application package to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Your application must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than the published deadline to be considered.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Department of Canadian Heritage
Canada History Fund
15 Eddy Street 8th floor, 15-8-C
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5

Phone: 819-997-0055 / 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
TTY: 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon