Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program

Contribution program to support Indigenous communities in re-establishing and revitalizing cultural spaces.

The Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program call for proposals closed on December 1, 2021. Applications are no longer being accepted.

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About the program

The Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program is a new contribution program that supports Indigenous communities in re-establishing and revitalizing cultural spaces. The program offers opportunities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals to access culture and language, and strengthen identities.

Budget 2021 announced $108.8 million over 2 years, starting in 2021 to 2022, to re-establish and revitalize Indigenous cultural spaces. This investment is part of the Federal Pathway, the Government of Canada's contribution to the National Action Plan.

By investing in spaces for cultural activities that prioritize the voices of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, the program aims to:

Applicants were encouraged to submit proposals for the construction or revitalization of spaces that support cultural activities within their communities. These spaces aim to support self-determination, increase safety and promote Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects and initiatives include the construction or revitalization of spaces that support cultural activities within Indigenous communities. Revitalizing existing cultural spaces includes renovations or retrofits to enhance quality and accessibility.

Applicants were required to demonstrate how the proposed project creates or promotes opportunities for girls, women or 2SLGBTQQIA+ people to access culture and language.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to:

The main eligible costs include:

For a full list of eligible and ineligible expenses, consult the Type and nature of eligible expenditures section of the terms and conditions.

Who can apply

Deadline

The deadline to apply was December 1, 2021.

Applications are now being reviewed. More than 340 applications were received from across Canada. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by the end of spring 2022.

We are currently assessing whether early investment opportunities are available, although we anticipate that the majority of selected projects will be funded in fiscal year 2022 to 2023.

How to apply

  1. Complete the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program Project Funding Application (PAW# 9739545)
  2. Email your completed application form and required supporting documents to aadnc.csicp-pecca.aandc@canada.ca

In addition to your completed application form, you may need to submit:

Agents or representatives will need to include proof of representation of a section 35 rights-bearing First Nation, Inuit or Métis group, or of an Indigenous group with a self-government agreement or Modern Treaty. If a nominee or representative has been appointed, include a letter of appointment.

Contact us

For more information please contact Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

Email: aadnc.csicp-pecca.aandc@canada.ca

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