Community Cultural Action Fund

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

Objectives

The objectives of the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) are to:

  • support and strengthen the cultural, artistic and heritage actions of official-language minority communities;
  • ensure outreach of the wealth and diverse cultural, artistic and heritage expressions of official-language minority communities.

Cooperation framework

National, interprovincial/interterritorial, provincial/territorial, regional or local contributions will be made directly to organizations in the form of contributions or grants. Investments for projects conducted by provincial and territorial governments and their creations will be made through federal-provincial/territorial cooperation agreements.

For the purposes of the program, actions in the areas of culture, arts and heritage and outreach are defined as follows:

  • Action in the areas of culture and arts: active participation of members of official-language minority communities in artistic and cultural activities.
  • Action in the area of heritage: presentation of the heritage of official-language minority communities through artistic or cultural activities that involve the participation of the targeted community.
  • Outreach: increase in the visible presence of official-language minority communities’ arts and culture and increased visibility.

Eligible recipients

Canadian not-for-profit institutions and organizations, as legally defined, provincial and territorial governments, and their creations.

Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

  • costs to carry out projects that help ensure the long-term development of official-language minority communities in the area of arts, culture and heritage.

The following expenditures are not eligible:

  • capital expenditures;
  • organization’s operating expenditures;
  • regular coordination, networking and strategic planning;
  • needs analyses and research;
  • professional training;
  • activities with an international dimension.

Calendar

Each year, the Program will set deadlines for submitting applications and post them on its website: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1358890687846/1358890731962.

Content of application

  • Linkages with the objectives of the Community Cultural Action Fund sub-component:
    • Official-language issues 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 project and implementation schedule.
  • Clear statement of expected outcomes, with performance indicators for the entire project.
  • Linkages with the development priorities of official-language minority communities, if applicable.
  • Implementation schedule.
  • Budget including breakdowns of the projected expenditures and the sources of financial contributions for the proposed activities.
  • If applicable, any measures taken with regard to the communication and outreach activities to the other official-language group.

Evaluation criteria

  • Linkages with the Community Cultural Action Fund sub-component objectives, while referring to the definitions of action in the areas of culture, arts and heritage, and outreach
  • Contribution of the project to the development of official-language minority communities through action in the areas of culture, arts and heritage, and outreach.
  • Advancement of action in the areas of culture, arts or heritage within official-language minority communities.
  • Diversification of funding sources and quality of cooperation with other public or private partners.
  • Project demonstrating an innovative nature or a best practice.

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

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.

With the provincial and territorial governments, the Department will provide funding to successful applicants in the form of contributions and will establish the reporting requirements and terms and conditions of payment through federal-provincial/territorial cooperation agreements.

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.

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 of Canadian Heritage in any promotion or advertising related to the activities for which funding is provided in accordance with the Guidelines for acknowledging funding from Canadian Heritage.

How to apply

Organizations and institutions wishing to apply for funding must refer to the Application Guide and complete the Application Form of the Community Cultural Action Fund sub-component.

For more information or to submit an application, organizations and institutions must contact the Official Languages Support Programs in their local Canadian Heritage office, whether the project is local, provincial, territorial, interprovincial, or interterritorial.

Applications for funding for pan-Canadian projects must contact the Official Languages Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage at 819-994-2222.

Provincial and territorial governments that wish to apply must contact the Official Languages Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage at 819-994-2222.