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Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Legacy Fund – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

Government of Canada


The Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program helps you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program increases opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists and First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural carriers to be involved in their community. It also allows local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. The expected results of the program are as follows:

  • citizens have the opportunity to get involved in their community through the arts and heritage;
  • partners within the local community support the festivals and local commemorative projects;
  • citizens have access to arts and local heritage; and
  • artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists and cultural carriers have the opportunity to get involved in their community.


To be eligible for funding, your organization must have been in operation for at least two years, plan to continue operating after this project’s completion, and be one of the following:

  • a local non-profit incorporated organization; or
  • a local band council, local tribal council, or other local Indigenous government (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or equivalent organization; or
  • a municipal administration or any of its agencies, boards or commissions that, for the purposes of your proposed commemoration project, demonstrate an active partnership with at least one community-based group.

In addition, all applicants, including the community-based groups that will partner with municipal governments, must:

  • have a publicly stated objective that is linked to the local community; and
  • encourage local community engagement through activities that promote, celebrate, and preserve local arts or local heritage.


We determine funding amounts based on your financial need. Please note that decisions regarding eligibility and funding amounts are final.

How to Apply

  • Complete, sign and date the Application Form (PDF, 351 KB);
  • Attach all the required supporting documents; and
  • Submit your application in only one format.

Application Period

There is no established deadline date to submit a funding application under Legacy Fund component, as applications are accepted on a continuous basis. However, you must submit your application no later than the date of the anniversary being celebrated. You are encouraged to submit your application at least 12 months prior to the proposed start date for your project (or six months prior for smaller projects with total costs of 200K or less).
Contact Name: Department of Canadian Heritage
Contact Phone: 1-866-811-0055
Contact Email: [email protected]
Subject Area(s): Heritage
Last Reviewed: November 3, 2021, 5:08 pm
Deadline: No Official Deadline
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