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Documentary Heritage Communities Program


DHCP funding can cover up to 100% of a project's eligible expenses.


Library and Archives Canada (LAC) provides $1.5 million each year to documentary heritage organizations across the country. This funding helps to ensure that Canada’s continuing memory is documented, preserved and accessible.

Organizations may apply for funding through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program’s annual call for proposals.

Eligible Applicants

Local documentary heritage organizations eligible to apply to the DHCP are non-profit organizations that hold collections of mainly local or regional significance:

  • Archives
  • Genealogical organizations/societies
  • Historical societies
  • Indigenous government institutions
  • Libraries
  • Organizations with an archival component
  • Professional library and archival associations

*All applicants must be privately funded (50% or more) with the exception of Indigenous government institutions.

Eligible Expenses

The DHCP can provide funding for projects and activities that relate to either or both of the program’s objectives.

Objective 1: Increase access to, and awareness of, Canada’s local documentary heritage organizations and their holdings.

  • Collection, cataloguing and access-based management
  • Commemorative projects
  • Conversion and digitization for access purposes
  • Development (research, design and production) of virtual and physical exhibitions, including travelling exhibits

Objective 2: Increase the capacity of local documentary heritage organizations to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage.

  • Conservation and preservation treatment
  • Conversion and digitization for preservation purposes, including interviews to capture oral history
  • Increased digital preservation capacity (excluding digital infrastructure related to day-to-day activities)
  • Training and workshops that improve competencies and build capacity
  • Development of standards, performance and other measurement activities

Deadline Date

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