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Grants to Ontario Cultural Heritage Nonprofits for Community Projects

Project Grant - Community Cultural Heritage Project Grant


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Funding Source
Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM)
City of Kingston Heritage Fund (CKHF)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Ontario: City of Kingston;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/19/23 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for arts and cultural projects that benefit the community. Funding is intended for both collaborative projects and organization-specific projects. Cultural heritage includes activities that present the traditions and historical practices of the community. Eligible applicants serve the Kingston community.

The Community Cultural Heritage Project Grant provides support to cultural heritage organizations and community organizations operating heritage or cultural programs and/or services in the community. 

Cultural Heritage Sector Objectives:

  • Leverage municipal investments in museums, heritage projects, cultural groups, and historical societies, to increase their profile, capacity, impact, relevance, and sustainability;
  • Encourage the development and creation of innovative cultural heritage programming and initiatives that promote cultural vitality;
  • Increase access to quality local cultural heritage activities;
  • Support and promote the preservation, protection, documentation, and conservation of significant Kingston artifacts and archival materials;
  • Develop the means of organizing, collecting, and interpreting Kingston’s stories, both tangible and intangible, and engaging the community at all levels of the process;
  • Encourage collaboration with other orders of government, and the business and community sectors;
  • Seek professional development opportunities that benefit the cultural heritage sector, in collaboration with other stakeholders; and
  • Nurture the capacity and quality of heritage in Kingston, while fostering excellence.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for a CKHF Community Cultural Heritage Project Grant, organizations must meet all the criteria listed below:
(i) Be in the City of Kingston.
(ii) The applicant organization must be either:
a. Incorporated as a non-profit cultural heritage organization; or
b. Incorporated as a distinct and discrete non-profit entity organization created solely to support a cultural heritage organization or initiative. Examples of eligible supporting organizations include “Friends of…”; or
c. Incorporated as a non-profit, whose fundamental focus may not be cultural heritage exclusively, but whose project application is culturally or heritage based.
(iii) Provide latest year-end financial statements.

Collaborative projects involving multiple partners and organizations will be considered for CKHF Project Funding. To meet CKHF funding requirements, any incorporated non-profit or charitable organization (except for KAM) may agree to serve as the sponsoring partner for a collaborative project. The following eligibility criteria must be met for all collaborative project applicants:
(i) All collaborating partners must be in the City of Kingston;
(ii) Applications must identify the lead organization (responsible for signing and submitting the application), list partner agencies, and provide letters of support for the project from the partners;
(iii) Applications must state the terms of the collaborative project, and the way the duties, and responsibilities for the project will be shared;
(iv) Applications must identify the division of project costs and budget responsibilities, in addition to the distribution of any potential project deficit; and
(v) The lead organization assumes ultimate responsibility for providing proof of insurance, financial management, and meeting the reporting requirements for the collaborative project.

Normally, the following organizations will not be eligible for CKHF Operating Grants:
(i) Academic units of publicly or privately funded educational institutions (colleges, universities, training institutions, etc.);
(ii) Organizations and activities outside the City of Kingston;
(iii) Individuals;
(iv) For-profit organizations; or
(v) Cultural heritage institutions that are wholly owned and operated by senior levels of government.
(vi) A CKHF Project Grant will not be awarded to an applicant that budgets on a deficit basis.

Organizations currently receiving grant funding from the City of Kingston through sources other than CKHF are deemed ineligible to receive funding through CKHF for the duration of the grant agreement. In addition, City of Kingston Cultural Services and/or KAM permanent or contract staff may not hold a primary role with an organization applying to CKHF.

CKHF Operating Grant funding may not be used for the following:
(i) Major capital projects including, but not restricted to, the purchase of land, facility renovations, and fixed equipment;
(ii) To benefit a for-profit venture;
(iii) Built heritage preservation projects;
(iv) Refreshments;
(v) For fundraising events and/or to recover the cost of a deficit;
(vi) To fund bursaries and/or scholarships;
(vii) Retroactive funding for projects that have already occurred; or
(viii) To pay staff salary related to the daily operations of a site/venue.

No grant will be made retroactively, or to fund deficits or shortfalls.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by 3 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their intention to apply for CKHF funding with KAM’s Grant Review Officer, prior to submitting an application.

Applications received in advance of the deadline will be reviewed for completeness and the CKHF Grant Review Officer may contact the applicant to ask for missing information. The applicant can submit additional materials up to the application deadline.

Organizations awarded a CKHF Community Cultural Heritage Project Grants are not eligible to receive a CKHF Operating Grant (Large or Small) in the same year, but they are eligible to receive one Cultural Heritage Development Grant in addition to a Community Cultural Heritage Project Grant. The following grant combinations are possible:
• Community Cultural Heritage Project Grant plus Cultural Heritage Development Grant
• Large/Small Operating Grant plus Cultural Heritage Development Grant

A single organization may apply for their own project grant AND may be a supportive partner in a concurrent collaborative project grant application. However, they cannot be the sponsoring partner in the collaborative project application.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Organizations may apply up to a maximum of $20,000 within the Community Cultural Heritage Project Grant stream.

Term of Contract
CKHF Project Grants are awarded for a term of one calendar year.

Contact Information
Applications may be submitted electronically to

Please contact the Grant Review Officer for technical assistance with form input.

Jamie McKenzie-Naish
CKHF Grant Review Officer
Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites, Inc.
837 Princess St. Suite 203A
Kingston, ON K7L 1G8
(613) 507-4014

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