Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals Program

Receive up to $200,000 in Grant Funding for Festivals.

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals Program provides financial support to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or heritage performers. This includes the celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities and Indigenous cultural celebrations.\

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Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals Program

Amount of Funding

Access up to 100% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $200,000.

Amount of Funding from the Canadian Government

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals Program

Eligible Applicants

Applicants may be eligible for funding if they meet these criteria:

  • Must represent one of the following community groups:
    • A non-profit organization or group (incorporated or unincorporated); or
    • A local band council, a local tribal council or other local Indigenous government (First Nations, Inuit or Metis)
  • Must encourage local community engagement through activities that promote, celebrate and preserve local performing and visual arts or heritage

Have successfully organized a prior edition of the festival, within the past two years

Eligible Applicants for Canadian Government Funding

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals Program

Eligible Activities

A program may be eligible for funding if they meet the following project activities:

  • Offer arts and heritage programming;
  • Present local performing artists, cultural carriers, the work of local creators, or aspects of local heritage as a primary component;
  • Encourage community involvement by integrating volunteers into the project planning or delivery and give local artists, artisans and cultural carriers the opportunity to interact with the community;
  • Be designed for the general public, easily accessed and appropriately promoted;
  • Benefit from support in cash and in-kind from local community partners;
  • Benefit from tangible support from your city administration or equivalent authority (you must provide written confirmation of this support); and
  • Present eligible activities for more than 24 hours and less than 29 consecutive days.
Eligible Expenses for Canadian Government Funding

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals Program

Program Deadline

This program is currently closed.

Program Deadline for Canadian Government Funding
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