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Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
(formerly Cultural Spaces Canada)

What's new

Program Renewal

On June 26, 2009, Minister Moore announced renewal of funding for the arts. He also noted that the Cultural Spaces Canada Program will now be called the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and that its funding will be kept at the current level for fiscal years 2011-12 to 2014-15. The program's mandate and objectives remain the same.

Economic Action Plan 2009

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2009, an additional $60 million over 2 years was announced to stimulate the economy by investing in cultural infrastructure through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF).

The response to this additional $60 million has been very successful. As of fall 2009, funding commitments have been made for many projects in communities across Canada. As a result, the majority of funding for the two years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 is now allocated.

Applications for projects which can be completed by March 31, 2010:
Limited funding remains available for a number of projects which can be completed by March 31, 2010. Please contact your local Canadian Heritage office to discuss your project and the availability of funds. 

Applications for projects with funding requirements starting in April 2010:
Given the program's success, we are accepting letters of intent only for projects requiring funding after April 1, 2010. Please contact your local Canadian Heritage office before submitting letters of intent.

For further information on projects receiving support, please refer to the Web site on Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2009 at

Recent Announcements:

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund


Canada Cultural Spaces Fund 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 Program 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.

Who can apply?

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 Advisor at the nearest Department of Canadian Heritage regional office before submitting a funding application.

A list of the Department's regional offices can be found on the Canadian Heritage website.

Guidelines and Application Form

For alternate formats of any of these documents and forms, please contact the appropriate regional office, listed below.

If your organization currently has an application on file at your local Department of Canadian Heritage office, you should contact your program officer to update your file.

If your organization has a Letter of Intent on file at your local Department of Canadian Heritage office, you should submit an official application when the new guidelines and form are available.

Summary of program activities

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has financially contributed to 631 projects since 2001.

For more information: You must contact the nearest Department of Canadian Heritage regional office before submitting an application.


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