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Local Festivals – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage


Up to 100 per cent of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $200,000.


Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers. This includes the celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities and Indigenous cultural celebrations.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants must represent one of the following community-based groups:

  • a local non-profit organization or group;
  • a local band council, local tribal council or other local Aboriginal government or organization (First Nations, Inuit or Métis).

In addition, applicants must:

  • encourage local community engagement through activities that promote, celebrate and preserve local performing and visual arts or local heritage; and
  • have successfully organized a prior edition of the festival, within the last two years, that met all eligibility requirements of this component.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible projects and events:

  • present the work of local artists, artisans, or heritage performers;
  • actively involve members of the local community; and
  • are intended for and accessible to the general public.

Deadline Date

  January 31 – for festivals starting between September 1 and December 31; April 30 – for festivals starting between January 1 and June 30; September 30 – for festivals starting between July 1 and August 31


Contact Name: Department of Canadian Heritage

Phone Number: 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

E-mail Address:


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