Socio-cultural Funding and Partnerships

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Funding and Partnerships

This page is a resource for Chapters who are looking for additional funding opportunities and resources. See below for a list of funding agencies, grant application resource guides and branch partnerships.


ArtStarts in Schools is a charitable organization that expands the role of art in education to activate learning and nurture creativity in British Columbia’s young people.

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BC Gaming Grants

Gaming grants are awarded through the provincial government (specifically, the ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development—Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.)

There are three types of BC Gaming Grants to apply for: Community, PAC/DPAC, and Capital Project Grants. The type of gaming grant most applicable to CPF Chapters is “Community.”

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BC Arts Council

The BC Arts Council has programs that encourage innovation, support regional initiatives, touring, training and sustainability.

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B.C. Francophone Affairs Program (FAP)

The B.C. Francophone Affairs Program (FAP) supports programs and services in French for approximately 70,000 Francophones and 300,000 Francophiles in B.C. to ensure our French-speaking community has access to information it needs.

Francophone Funding Opportunities

The Francophone Affairs Program supports the planning and delivery of French language government services as well as initiatives implemented by non-profit organizations that address the needs of French-speaking British Columbians.

There are three different ways organizations can access funding:

1. Provincial funding for French language services

The provincial funding for French language services supports Francophone and Francophile non-profit organizations with the implementation of initiatives that will improve the lives of French-speaking British Columbians. 

2. Canada-B.C. Funding Partnership on French Language Services

The Canada – B.C. Agreement on French Language Services (PDF) supports the planning and delivery of French language government services for the B.C. Francophone community.  Eligible projects must have a matching contribution from a provincial ministry, Crown Corporation, government agency or municipality worth at least 50% of the project’s French component.

3. B.C. – Quebec Cooperation Agreement Funding

Through the B.C. – Quebec Agreement on Cooperation and Exchange with respect to the Francophonie (PDF), eligible non-profit organisations may apply to the Programme de coopération intergouvernementale (PCI) for funding to implement an initiative developed in collaboration with an organization in Quebec.

Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. The Trust supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.

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Community Cultural Action Fund

The Community Cultural Action Fund supports and strengthens the cultural, artistic and heritage expressions of official-language minority communities. Funding is typically provided to organizations in the form of contributions or grants.

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Youth Take Charge Program

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

The Youth Take Charge Program will accept Expression of Interest forms until August 1, 2019, for projects starting between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021 (multi-year projects must end by March 31, 2023).

Important Notes

  • Projects must directly engage many youth in more than one region of a province or territory or in several provinces and territories.

  • Funding requested cannot exceed 75% of project eligible expenses, globally or by fiscal year.

  • Funding priority may be given to projects promoting/supporting Reconciliation, Diversity and Inclusion, or Official Language Minority Communities.

If you are interested, please send the completed Expression of Interest form by email no later than August 1, 2019 to [email protected]

Click here to view the Application Guidelines!

Enhancement of Official Languages Program | Promotion of Linguistic Duality Component

The 2020‑2021 funding request process for projects that fall within the Appreciation and Rapprochement and the Promotion of Bilingual Services sub-components consists of two steps:

STEP 1 – SEND A LETTER OF INTENT by September 9, 2019 to: [email protected]

STEP 2 – The Department will contact organizations whose project proposals are accepted to submit a DETAILED APPLICATION by September 27, 2019.

Priorities of the Program for 2020-2021 Projects

For the Appreciation and Rapprochement component, the Department will want to prioritize projects that bring together the two language groups (English- and French-speaking Canadians) to achieve a common goal. The active participation of both groups will be encouraged for the success of the project. Concretely, instead of creating contacts where members of both language groups would only have the occasion to interact with each other (for example attending the same show), we will prioritize projects that create situations where participants work together, whether it be create of cultural products, set up youth camps or enhance cultural heritage, etc.

Special attention will be paid to initiatives that aim to create new cooperation opportunities and that seek to increase the meeting spaces between English-speaking and French-speaking Canadians, which may include Aboriginal Canadians, foreign-born people, second-language learners, public institutions, the private sector, etc.


For additional contacts for fundraising, see the latest Fundraising Options document.

National Film Board

The NFB’s Rendez-vous de la francophonie runs throughout the entire month of March, when the Film Board will be offering free screenings of several French-language films! Visit their website for more information.

REEL Canada

NCFD is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema taking place on April 17, 2019. CPF chapters have the opportunity to register and hold free screenings of numerous French-language films! You can find more information here.

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