How to apply

We're accepting applications!

Organizations have until January 12, 2023, at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) to submit their application.

For us to consider your application, you must:

  • apply before the deadline
  • meet all eligibility requirements
  • submit a complete application package

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Before you apply

Gather your documents

To complete the online application package you will need:

  • Proof of non-profit status or registration as a charitable organization
  • Proof of incorporation, if you are an incorporated organization
  • Letter of referenceFootnote 1 (if your organization is not incorporated) from a recognized national association or any level of government

    The three previous documents are mandatory for all applicants, with the exception of Indigenous government institutions.

  • Financial statementsFootnote 2 for your last two completed fiscal years (audited if available)
  • Annual report or strategic plan
  • Organizational chart
  • List of current board members and full-time staff
  • Project Budget Form (mandatory DHCP template)
  • Project Timeline Form (mandatory DHCP template)
  • Supporting documents, depending on the proposed project:
    • Proposals, agreements and/or terms of reference for tenderers, consultants, etc.
    • Resumes or other information demonstrating consultants’ or project-lead’s expertise related to your project
    • Letters of intentFootnote 3 or confirmation letters (for example, from project hosting venues)
    • Confirmation of other sources of funding
    • Partnership information (if you are submitting a project in partnership with another eligible organization)
      • Identify the organization as partner in your application
      • Provide an organization profile and supporting documents (see list above) for your partner
    • Confirmation of copyright, if a project involves a newspaper collection

Complete and submit your application

Submit your application and complete other requirements through the LAC funding portal. We will not accept applications submitted by other methods, such as email or mail.

If this is your first time applying, start by creating a user account and registering your organization. Thereafter, you can submit future funding requests from the same account.

You must complete your organization profile and application form in either English or French.

During the call period, you can save your information on the portal and complete it later.

Once you've submitted your application, you'll receive a confirmation email. At this point, we lock your application so you can't make further changes.

After you apply

Once we receive your application:

  • You'll receive an email confirming the receipt of your application
  • About 13 weeks after the application deadline, you’ll receive an email informing you of the funding decision

Refer to our service standards for further information, including our results from past years.

For help at any time in the application process, send us an email at: contributions@bac-lac.gc.ca.

Deadline for submitting questions

  • General questions about this call for proposals: December 21, 2022, before noon PST.
  • Technical questions related to the LAC funding portal: January 12, 2023, before noon PST.

We try to respond to telephone and email queries within three business days.

Service standards

Service standards let you know what to expect from us about turnaround times for the DHCP.

LAC is committed to these timeframes:

  • Acknowledgment of receipt of applications (within 5 calendar days)
  • Communication of funding decisions (within 13 weeks after the application deadline)
  • Issuance of payments (within 28 calendar days)

Compliance with these service standards is a shared responsibility between the applicants and the DHCP team. Applicants must provide the required documents, duly completed, according to the program or announcement of opportunity guidelines within the prescribed deadlines.

2021–2022 results

2021–2022: Acknowledgment of receipt

This table shows the total number of applications received, the number of acknowledgment receipts sent within 5 calendar days, and the number of acknowledgment receipts sent after 5 calendar days.

Total applications received 120
Acknowledgment sent within 5 calendar days 120
Acknowledgment sent after 5 calendar days 0

2021–2022: Decisions

This table shows the total number of applications received, the number of written notifications of funding decisions sent within 13 weeks of the program’s application deadline, and the number of written notifications sent beyond 13 weeks.

Total applications received 120
Notifications sent within 13 weeks 0
Notifications sent after 13 weeks (but within 16 weeks) 120

Note: Due to unforeseen delays, funding decision notifications were sent within 15 weeks.

2021–2022: Payment

This table shows the total number of projects funded, the number of payments issued within 28 calendar days of the successful fulfillment of requirements outlined in the contribution agreement, and the number of payments issued later than 28 calendar days.

Total projects funded 26
Number of payments issued within 28 calendar days 23
Number of payments issued after 28 calendar days 3

2020–2021 results

2020–2021: Acknowledgment of receipt

This table shows the total number of applications received, the number of acknowledgment receipts sent within 5 calendar days, and the number of acknowledgment receipts sent after 5 calendar days.

Total applications received 122
Acknowledgment sent within 5 calendar days 119
Acknowledgment sent after 5 calendar days 3

2020–2021: Decisions

This table shows the total number of applications received, the number of written notifications of funding decisions sent within 13 weeks of the program’s application deadline, and the number of written notifications sent beyond 13 weeks.

Total applications received 122
Notifications sent within 13 weeks 36
Notifications sent after 13 weeks (but within 16 weeks) 86

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funding decision process was delayed. Funding decision notifications were sent within 16 weeks.

2020–2021: Payment

This table shows the total number of projects funded, the number of payments issued within 28 calendar days of the successful fulfillment of requirements outlined in the contribution agreement, and the number of payments issued later than 28 calendar days.

Total projects funded 36
Number of payments issued within 28 calendar days 34
Number of payments issued after 28 calendar days 2

2019–2020 results

2019–2020: Acknowledgment of receipt

This table shows the total number of applications received, the number of acknowledgment receipts sent within 15 calendar days, and the number of acknowledgment receipts sent after 15 calendar days.

Total applications received 104
Acknowledgment sent within 15 calendar days 104
Acknowledgment sent after 15 calendar days 0

2019–2020: Decisions

This table shows the total number of applications received, the number of written notifications of funding decisions sent within 11 weeks of the program’s application deadline, and the number of written notifications sent beyond 11 weeks.

Total applications received 104
Notifications sent within 11 weeks 104
Notifications sent after 11 weeks 0

2019–2020: Payment

This table shows the total number of projects funded, the number of payments issued within 28 calendar days of the successful fulfillment of requirements outlined in the contribution agreement, and the number of payments issued later than 28 calendar days.

Total projects funded 47
Number of payments issued within 28 calendar days 26
Number of payments issued later than 28 calendar days 21