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Heritage Funding Program

Cultural Funding Support Section Values

The Cultural Funding Support Section (CFSS) assists independent, local, not-for-profit organizations, as well as professional artists and heritage professionals in the presentation of arts and heritage events and activities that reflect a broad representation of communities within Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa’s diverse community, including people from a diversity of ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations.

The City of Ottawa is built on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. The Cultural Funding Support Section honours the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as host nation. 

Submissions from applicants reflecting Ottawa’s diversity, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged.

The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges, and therefore accepts applications in both English and French.

About the Heritage Funding Program

The Heritage Funding Program supports and promotes activities that increase awareness of Ottawa’s distinct local history and heritage through education, research and documentation, and preservation/conservation.

Individuals and Organizations

Program Objectives

The Heritage Funding Program supports projects undertaken by individuals or organizations that:

Project Funding

Project Funding is available to individuals, groups and not-for-profit organizations. A project proposed by a non-heritage group will be considered, provided that it has a heritage focus and is produced in partnership with a professional heritage organization, collective or heritage professionals. 

Projects are to be carried out within a specific timeframe and consist of either a single activity or a series of activities. Activities must possess strong heritage merit, as determined by the assessment committee, and produce an impact on the community and the discipline. The budget must include sources of revenue other than the City’s contribution. Project grants in recent competitions rarely exceeded $10,000. Receipt of a project grant in previous years does not guarantee subsequent funding.

Application deadline

The 2018 deadline date was Monday, October 30, 2017 at 4pm

Application Forms

Please note: fillable PDF forms may no longer be completed through web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and others. Please first download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through the web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded to your computer.

Annual Operating Funding

Annual Operating Funding is available to established, incorporated as not-for-profit organizations that have been in existence for at least two years, possess a heritage mandate and have a minimum two year history of providing regularly-scheduled heritage programming to the community throughout the year. Recognition for excellence in the heritage field and financial stability must be demonstrated. Heritage organizations must receive at least one Heritage Funding project allocations before being considered for operating funding.

Application Forms

Please contact us for a copy of the guidelines and application form.

Activity Report on Previous Funding

If funding was previously received from the City of Ottawa, an activity report detailing how the funds were used must be submitted at the completion of the project, or attached to a subsequent application. Applicants who fail to provide an activity report on previous funding will NOT be eligible to apply for subsequent City of Ottawa funding

Individual and Organization Report Form

Heritage Project Funding Report Form 

Please note: fillable PDF forms may no longer be completed through web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and others. Please first download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through the web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded to your computer.

Contacts us

Program inquires

For specific information on your submission, or to discuss eligibility, contact:

Anik Després
Cultural Funding Officer
613-580-2424, ext. 27208

General inquiries

For general information or to request an application form, contact:

Infoculture
613-580-2424, ext. 29404

Direct Deposit Information

Please be advised that over the next year, the City of Ottawa’s Financial Services Unit will be moving to the use of an automated Direct Deposit system solely in providing all payments, including Cultural Funding allocations.

If you have not already registered your organization’s banking information, please complete the Direct Deposit Form and send to Financial Services mailing address as indicated.

For all inquiries, please contact Financial Services Unit:

Peggy Li  613-580-2424, ext. 13910

Henry Wang 613-580-2424, ext. 23747