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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Cultural Projects

Project Grant - Cultural Heritage Development Grant


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

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

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for cultural projects. Funding is intended to support projects that fill thematic gaps and product readiness challenges within the local cultural heritage sector. In the current grant cycle, funding is available for the following thematic category: “Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Program Development.” Eligible projects are those that benefit the City of Kingston.

While the Cultural Heritage Development Grant stream identifies a specific thematic gap to be addressed within a CKHF grant cycle, this thematic gap sits in relation to the broader CKHF objectives.

City of Kingston Objectives

  1. Culture and creativity are important sources of wealth creation and are being leveraged to develop community vitality;
  2. Align tourism marketing and attraction strategies, creating greater return-on-investment and refocusing marketing strategies;
  3. Create awareness and civic pride in local history and heritage;
  4. Heritage and culture are key to a vibrant community and are economic drivers for the local economy;
  5. Enhance Kingston’s distinctive identity, enrich the cultural life of residents and attract newcomers, audiences and visitors from around the world;
  6. Build the creative experiences that are the basis of an authentic tourism strategy;
  7. Embrace Kingston’s powerful historical narrative, built heritage, and natural heritage features, as unique resources that can be used to tell Kingston’s stories;
  8. Use cultural heritage to enhance the reputation of the City of Kingston as a community where history and innovation thrive; and
  9. Support initiatives that align with the City’s strategic objectives for promotion of heritage and cultural vitality.

Cultural Heritage Sector Objectives

  1. Leverage municipal investments in museums, heritage projects, cultural groups and historical societies, to increase their profile, capacity, impact, relevance, and sustainability;
  2. Encourage the development and creation of innovative cultural heritage programming and initiatives that promote cultural vitality;
  3. Increase access to quality local cultural heritage activities;
  4. Support and promote the preservation, protection, documentation and conservation of significant Kingston artifacts and archival materials;
  5. 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;
  6. Encourage collaboration with other orders of government, and the business and community sectors;
  7. Seek professional development opportunities that benefit the cultural heritage sector, in collaboration with other stakeholders; and
  8. Nurture the capacity and quality of heritage in Kingston, while fostering excellence.

Examples of eligible expenses can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The new Cultural Heritage Development Grants are open to organizations and sites that apply to and receive support through the Operating Grant category, as well as to community heritage organizations and groups more broadly.

To be eligible to apply for a CKHF Cultural Heritage Development 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.

Organizations awarded a CKHF Community Cultural Heritage Project Grants or a CKHF Operating are eligible to receive ONE Cultural Heritage Development Grant in addition to the other. For additional information, see:

Normally, the following will not be eligible for CKHF Cultural Heritage Development 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 Cultural Heritage Development 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.

Exclusions from Project Grant Eligible Costs can be found at

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

Pre-Application Information
CKHF 2023-2024 Cultural Heritage Development Grant Applications are due by 3 pm on Tuesday, September 19th, 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 Grant Review Officer may contact the applicant to ask for missing information. The applicant can submit additional materials up to the application deadline.

Additional materials will not be accepted once the submission deadline has passed, and applications will be assessed as submitted. After applications have been reviewed for eligibility, those eligible will be forwarded to the Grants Adjudication Committee.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000

Term of Contract
CKHF Cultural Heritage Development Grants are awarded for 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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