Cultural ToolKit- Grants, Scholarships & Resources


As a resource, the following links provide local, Provincial and Federal Funding sources- as of January 2015

ACO Port Hope Scholarship

Hydro One PowerPlay Grant



The following listing gives a summary of other Cultural resources and funding sources:


Business for the Arts

Business for the Arts aims to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by connecting arts organizations to business patrons and volunteers through our artsSceneand boardLink programs; by stimulating investment in the arts through matching incentives and sponsorship training for arts organization with artsVest; by communicating the value of investing in the arts through advocacy and research; and by providing a platform for arts organizations to celebrate their outstanding business partners in the arts with our Canadian Arts and Business Awards.


Celebrate Ontario

Celebrate Ontario is focused on tourism festivals and events.

For more information: Contact your Tourism Advisor, and/or visit (Promotional Organization & Offers Grants)


Creative Communities Prosperity Fund (CCPF)

The program supports municipalities and innovative organizations that increase local capacity for Municipal Cultural Planning (MCP) and community economic development.

For more information contact your local Regional Services Advisor or visit: (Offers Grants)


Doors Open Ontario

From April to October each year, Doors Open brings together communities across Ontario to celebrate and showcase their heritage, including commercial buildings, places of worship, gardens, natural heritage and more.

For more information: (Promotional Organization)


Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Culture Division

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Culture Division encourages the arts and cultural industries, protects Ontario's heritage and advances the public library system in order to maximize their contribution to the Province's economic and social vitality. Changing the way people view culture and its value is the real ‘cultural renaissance’."

For more information on Municipal Governments’ Planning for culture: (Planning & Promotional Organization)


Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF)

The Government of Ontario's Cultural Attractions Fund (CAF) is a $20 million initiative to help Ontario's arts, cultural and heritage organizations with new cultural programming ventures. It seeks to help reduce the financial risk of creating new ventures by providing up-front working capital.

For more information: (Funding)


Ontario Community Builders (OCB)

The Ontario’s Community Builders Program supports community projects that promote appreciation of our diversity, and increase awareness of Ontario’s rich heritage.

For more information: (Offers Grants and Program Funding)


Ontario Heritage Tool Kit

It includes a series of guides that explain different aspects of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA), the Planning Act and related programs. Guides include: Your Community, Your Heritage, Your Committee; Heritage Property Evaluation; Designating Heritage Properties; Heritage Conservation Districts; Heritage Resources in the Land Use Planning Process and Heritage Places of Worship.

For complete information: (Resource)


Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

An agency of the Ministry of Culture, the Ontario Trillium Foundation awards grants to fund capital, operating and/or specific project costs in support of: Arts & Culture, Environment, Human & Social Services, and Sports & Recreation. The Foundation makes grants that have province-wide impact as well as grants in local communities across Ontario.

For more information: (Grants and Funding)


Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

An agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ontario Arts Council offers more than fifty funding programs for Ontario-based artists and arts organizations, with funds from the Ontario government.

For more information: (Grants, Funding & Awards)


Summer Experience Program (SEP)

SEP is a summer employment grant program to provide career-related employment opportunities for youth in a variety of areas including the citizenship, sport, recreation and cultural sectors.

For more information: (Grants for Student Employment)


Bell Canada – Connected to Communities

Bell's Community Investment program is all about being connected to Communities through youth and community economic development.

For more information: (Promotional Organization)


Royal Bank Financial Group

RBC Financial Group provides donations that have direct social impact and strengthen the communities in which our clients and employees live and work.

For more information: (Funding)


The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA)

The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA) provides listings of student scholarships for Aboriginals across Canada.

For more information: The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (Online resource and scholarships)


Canada Council for the Arts

This is the federal arts funding body. They have programs in all artistic disciplines and their Aboriginal Peoples’ Secretariat has programs specifically for Aboriginal arts.

For more information: (funding)


National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

The NAAF has several programs including funding for professional development and internships, arts scholarships, cultural projects as well as various youth initiatives.

For more information:


Department of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage supports projects that contribute to Aboriginal museums/cultural centre development through their Museum Assistance Program (MAP) and offers the National Arts Training Contribution Program (NATCP).

For more information: (training and promotional organization)


Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)

As part of its International Cultural Relations Program, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade provides support to the cultural sector through its International Cultural Relations Program and its Business Development – Arts and Cultural Industries Program. The Program provides support in the form of grants to individuals, institutions or organizations that create, interpret, promote or market Canadian cultural products internationally.

For more information: (online resource and grants)


Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens

Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual arts. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.

For more information: (Promotional organization and online resource)


The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings

FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance towards the growth and development of the Canadian independent recordings industry.

For more information: (online resource)


Cultural Human Resources Council

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of cultural workers – artists, creators, technical staff, managers and all others engaged professionally in the sector, including the self-employed.

For more information: (training, promotional organization and online resource)


Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

SOCAN is an organization that administers the communication and performing rights of virtually the world’s entire repertoire of copyright-protected music, when it is used in Canada. We collect license fees, then distribute the fees as royalties to our members and affiliated performing rights organizations (PROs) worldwide. We ensure that music creators and publishers get paid for the communication and public performance of their music in Canada.

For more information: (online resource)


Provincial Government Gaming Grants

Government gaming grants allow eligible organizations to apply for gaming revenues to support a broad range of programs and services. To receive a grant, the program must fall into one of the following five sectors: Arts, Culture and Sport; the Environment; Human and Social Services; Public Safety; or Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils (these organizations are aligned with schools.)

For more information: (Online resource and Grants)