FEDERAL UPDATE: Continued Support for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sector Organizations

Published June 29, 2021


In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada committed $1.9 billion to help support the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors. This funding will help ensure recovery and growth, and help create good, middle-class jobs in these sectors.

Today, the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, highlighted key components of this investment:

The Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors will leverage existing programs to provide $300 million over two years to organizations that are still struggling due to the pandemic. It will provide organizations and individuals with the financial means to help build organizational resilience and pursue business innovation and transformation. This will also contribute to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in these sectors, as well as greening activities.


The Reopening Fund 
will provide $200 million over two years through existing programming to help Canada’s festivals, cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events and more. It will support organizations and projects that deliver in-person experiences or events that draw visitors to our communities. Read the full news release here .

Distribution of Recovery and Reopening Funds – find here

How to apply?
New funding applicants: For certain programs, new funding applicants will be able to submit proposals through an application-based online portal. Details about eligibility and this application-based portal will be available in the coming weeks.


Existing funding recipients: For existing funding recipients, Canadian Heritage programs participating in the Recovery and Reopening Funds will make more information available in the coming weeks to indicate to eligible stakeholders and industry members how they might apply for support through these funds.