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Canada History Fund Grant Program

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

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Department of Canadian Heritage - Canada History Fund

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09/15/21 11:59 PM Local Time Electronic Submission or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Canada organizations and post-secondary institutions to engage citizens in learning about the nation’s history, public policy, and civics. Applicants should contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to promote the production of educational materials, as well as the maintenance or creation of networks, and the organization of learning activities.

The Canada History Fund provides Canadians with an opportunity to improve their understanding of Canada and fosters their engagement as informed citizens.

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.

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 Fund's 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

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project-related expenses 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.

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.

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.

The Department cannot fund expenses that you incurred before they 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:

The application deadline is September 15, 2021 for projects that start during fiscal year April 1, 2022-March 31, 2023. Please note: the 2021 application deadline is two weeks earlier than that of previous years.

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications electronically. Applications can also be mailed, delivered by courier or hand-delivered to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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

Applicants must contact the Canada History Fund to determine eligibility and to request an application package.

The Fund will issue written notification of the funding decision within the program specific timeline outlined in the Decision service standard table:

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.

In-kind contributions are considered real contributions to the cost of the proposed project but are not reimbursable.

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

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Mail, courier or hand-deliver to:

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;

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