The CCSF seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays. The Fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment as well as conducting feasibility studies. In January 2009, the Federal Government announced $60M over two years (2009-2010 and 2010-2011) to support infrastructure for local and community cultural and heritage institutions. The program has temporarily increased its maximum level of support to 50% of eligible costs. It had previously been 33% or 40% (depending on project type). For funding available in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, priority will be given to projects that clearly demonstrate a contribution to economic stimulation through immediate job creation and longer-term economic impacts. Submitted projects must be fully completed by March 31, 2011 to be considered for funding. Eligible are: Non-profit arts and heritage organizations incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act or under corresponding provincial or territorial legislation. Provincial/territorial governments, municipal or regional governments, and their agencies, as well as First Nations and Inuit equivalent governments, are also eligible. Federal organizations and federal Crown corporations are not eligible for funding. All potential applicants must contact a CCSF program advisor at the nearest Department of Canadian Heritage regional office before submitting a funding application.
Canadian Heritage Grants and Funding Programs: