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New Community Fund for Canada's 150th to build community and encourage participation

March 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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A new community fund to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation was announced on March 14 by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada. The Department of Canadian Heritage has seeded the Fund with a contribution of $10 million, and has invited private philanthropists to increase the Fund's impact. The Fund will ultimately provide thousands of small grants to community initiatives in every province and territory in 2016 and 2017. 

Led by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations, with the support of the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast to coast, the Community Fund for Canada's 150th is intended to bring Canadians together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities, and events leading up to and during Canada's sesquicentennial. The Fund will be responsive to local priorities and will be accessible to all Canadians, including indigenous peoples, youth, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, and official language minority groups.

Community foundations will match public and private contributions and lead local grant making from the Fund, with the goal of growing the Fund to up to $40 million. As further leverage, grant applicants are required to match the dollars received from the Fund through direct contribution or in-kind support, doubling the impact in communities across the country.

For more information about the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, please visit