Cooperation with the Community Sector

The purpose of the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component is to support engagement by community organizations and strengthen their ability to act in order to obtain measurable gains in terms of community vitality, as well as to encourage innovation and excellence.

  1. Cooperation framework
  2. Eligible recipients
  3. Eligible expenditures
  4. Calendar
  5. Content of application
  6. Evaluation criteria
  7. Funding terms
  8. Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada's contribution
  9. How to apply

I. Cooperation framework

Investments made by the Department will be national, interprovincial/interterritorial, provincial/territorial, regional or local in scope.

Investments will be made directly to the organizations in the form of contributions and grants.

Canadian Heritage also signs cooperation agreements with provincial and territorial community representatives. These non-financial agreements enable the Department to gain a better understanding of the community’s development issues and to establish priorities.


Programming funds will be paid to organizations so that they can carry out ongoing regular activities related to development issues in the community or in the area being supported. The funds aim to support the ongoing commitment and actions of organizations. They cover expenditures related to the activities and organizations’ operating costs.

The Department will give priority to activities that have a lasting effect on the community or the area being supported, that is to say that strengthen relations between community stakeholders and help build the sector being supported.


Project funds will be paid to organizations to carry out one-time activities and whose implementation  does not require ongoing funding.

The Department will give priority to projects that address current issues or are innovative, such as projects which help develop areas that are largely unexplored or are unique.

II. Eligible recipients

Canadian not-for-profit organizations, as legally defined, associations, institutions, commercial organizations for not-for-profit activities, and foundations for not-for-profit activities. These bodies must represent the interests of official-language minority communities.  Their missions, mandates or the majority of their activities must support and assist the development and enhance the vitality of official-language minority communities nationally, provincially, regionally or locally.

The following are not eligible:

  • individuals;
  • government bodies, universities, schools, school boards, foreign institutions and organizations.

III. Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

  • costs to set up, deliver and monitor programs, services, activities and projects (cultural activities program, volunteer training program, recreation, cultural services, community communication services, etc.);
  • costs related to studies or analyses carried out for the purpose of developing programs, services or activities essential to development of official-language minority communities; and
  • administrative costs, including, but not limited to, auditing and evaluation costs and other administrative overhead related to the funded activities.

The following expenditures are not eligible:

  • expenditures related to activities with an international dimension.

IV. Calendar

Each year, the Program will set deadlines for submitting applications and post them on its website at Schedule of Submission Deadlines.

V. Content of application

  • Linkages with the objectives of the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component:
    • The official-language issue(s) that led the organization to submit an application (An official-language issue is defined as what fosters or restricts the use of the minority language).
    • What must be changed, improved or maintained?
  • Description of the proposed programs, services, activities or projects.
  • Clear statement of expected outcomes, with performance indicators for the entire project.
  • Linkages with the community’s development priorities, or the sector of intervention, if any.
  • Implementation schedule.
  • Budget including breakdowns of the projected expenditures and the sources of financial contributions for the proposed programs, services or activities.
  • If applicable, any measures taken with regard to the communication and outreach activities to the other official-language group.

VI. Evaluation criteria

  • Linkages with the objectives of the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component.
  • Relevance of issues in terms of community vitality.
  • Relevance of the proposed activities in relation to the issues raised.
  • Linkages with the community’s development priorities, or of the sector of intervention, if any.
  • Diversification of funding sources and quality of cooperation with other public or private partners.
  • Projected outcomes and impact on the targeted community.
  • Relevance of proposed performance measurements.
  • Correlation between budget and projected activities
  • Contribution to increased inclusiveness of official-language minority communities, if applicable.

Funding decisions are based on the aforementioned criteria and available funds. All funding decisions are the prerogative of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

VII. Funding terms

The Department provides funding to successful applicants in the form of grants or contributions and establishes the reporting requirements and terms and conditions of payment. Multi-year funding may be provided in some cases.

The funding mechanism (grant or contribution) will be chosen based on the proposal’s level of risk and on the criteria established by the Department.

The Department will assume no responsibility for any contractual commitments entered into by the Applicant prior to confirmation of financial support from the Department.

VIII. Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada’s contribution

Public acknowledgment is a condition when receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Recipients are required to acknowledge the contribution from the Department in accordance with the Guidelines for acknowledging funding from Canadian Heritage.

IX. How to apply

Applicants who wish to apply for funding under the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component must use the Application Guide and Application Form.

For more information, applicants can contact the Official Languages Support Programs of Canadian Heritage at our national headquarters or one of our regional and district offices.