Endowment Incentives

Service Delivery Standards for this funding program

Next deadline: December 1, 2015


The Endowment Incentives component is intended to foster a climate that encourages private donors to contribute to endowment funds for not-for-profit professional arts organizations in order that they may have access to new sources of funding in the future. Raising capital and creating endowments gives these organizations greater capacity for realizing artistic expression by supporting their long-term stability. The Endowment Incentives component invites active involvement from the private sector in the cultural affairs of the community by providing matching funds of up to one dollar for every dollar raised from private donors, to create endowment funds or to increase existing ones.


The Department of Canadian Heritage under the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund disburses funding through grants.

Who may Apply

An application to the Endowment Incentives component is submitted jointly by a not-for-profit professional arts organization and an associated public foundation. Both parties must meet appropriate, separate eligibility criteria.

The following are not eligible under this component: heritage organizations; competitions; and federal agencies, Crown corporations, provinces, territories, and municipalities and their agencies.

How to Apply

Please read the Guidelines carefully before preparing your application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a program officer at the Department of Canadian Heritage before submitting a completed application.

Guidelines and Application Forms

Note: The guidelines and forms have been updated for the December 1, 2015 deadline. If you have already filled in your application using the previous posted forms, please note that the Program will accept them.

Deadline for application

All completed applications and support material must be postmarked no later than December 1. When December 1 falls on a weekend, an application postmarked on the next business day will be considered on time. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use a shipping method that provides a proof of sending and the ability to track delivery.

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For additional information do not hesitate to contact us by writing or by telephone.

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