Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 was a historic moment that brought people and places together as we dreamed big about our communities and our country. It was a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that fostered a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

We marked our own celebration of Canada’s 150th, with a partnership between Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada and PotashCorp to fund local projects and initiatives.

A broad range of projects applied for support from the Fund. Eligible projects had to be based in Canada, connected to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and work towards one or more of the following principles:

  • ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation;
  • INSPIRE  a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and our communities; or
  • BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities. 

Eligible projects had to commit to performing funded activities and expenditures before January 31, 2018.


Eligible projects were required to match the value of the grant requested, through in-kind or cash contributions equal to the value of the requested grant. Grants from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th did not exceed $15,000.

For example, an applicant that requested a $2,000 grant for a project would be required to come to the table with $2,000 worth of cash or in-kind support for their own project. Cash contributions may come from other funding sources; in-kind contributions may include volunteer hours or other resources that are not covered by the requested grant.

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