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Arms Length Agencies & Independent Funding Sources

Actors' Fund of Canada (The)

The Actors' Fund of Canada promotes artistic excellence for performers, creators, technicians and other members of creative and production teams in all entertainment industry sectors. The fund carries out this mission by providing encouragement and short-term financial aid to help entertainment industry workers maintain their health, housing and ability to work after an illness, injury or sudden unemployment.

Alpine Club of Canada Environment Fund

The Alpine Club of Canada maintains or administers permanent funds to which people may apply for financial support for their mountain-related projects and initiatives. Support is provided in the form of annual cash grants and scholarships to individuals and groups who are judged as best meeting the selection criteria. Each year the ACC grants over $10,000 through these grants.

Bell Fund

The Bell Fund encourages and funds the creation and development of excellent Canadian digital/TV multi-platform projects.

British Columbia Arts Council

The British Columbia Arts Council is an independent agency that supports arts and cultural activity in communities across British Columbia. They work to support the arts and cultural community by providing financial assistance, research, advocacy, and public education.

Calgary Learns

Calgary Learns funds innovative projects and programs that provide learning opportunities for adult Calgarians. It provides both annual and multi-year funding to nonprofit community-focused organizations for a diverse range of foundational learning opportunities.

Canada Council for the Arts

A national arm's-length agency that fosters the development of the arts in Canada through grants, services, and awards to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations, as well as administering scholarly awards. The council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, media arts, music, theatre, writing and publishing, interdisciplinary work and performance art, and the visual arts.

Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative

CAIC was formed in the early 1980s by Catholic religious communities who wanted to pool financial resources in order to make investments promoting social justice. CAIC invests in groups working for positive social change and community economic development in Canada that lack access to traditional financing.

Church of Christ Development Company Ltd. (National: Edmonton, AB)

Church of Christ Development Company Ltd. was initiated with the approval at the All Canada Convention on August 23, 1957. The mandate of Church of Christ Development Company Ltd. (CCDC) is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ by providing low interest capital loans to congregationally governed churches in Canada. Churches that borrow from CCDC are governed independently but share a common set of principles based on a commitment to Biblical integrity.

CIRA (National: Ottawa, ON)

CIRA’s Community Investment Program provides funding for projects that help build a better online Canada, specifically in the areas of infrastructure, online services, digital literacy, and research. In 2017, $1,000,000 will be invested back into the community. The typical grant will be approximately $25,000 - $50,000, to a maximum of $100,000.

Enterprising Non-Profits (enp)

enp is a funding program that provides matching grants to nonprofit organizations in BC who are interested in starting or expanding a business. enp program funding enables organizations to conduct planning activities related to the development of a business venture.

Independent Production Fund

The IPF’s Professional Development Grants program supports Canadian nonprofit organizations or associations whose activities reflect the objective of the Fund and enhance the quality and availability of Canadian dramatic television and web series.

Manitoba Community Services Council Inc. (MCSC)

MCSC is funded by the Province of Manitoba and also receives bingo events each year from Manitoba Lotteries Corporation. MCSC operates as an arms-length organization with a committee of volunteers representative of the Manitoba community responsible for the allocation of dollars and/or bingo events to qualifying groups.

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

A nonprofit organization whose purpose is to foster the arts of the province by operating financial assistance programmes; providing services and resources; and by working with government and the community for development in the arts. Their Professional Project Grants Program (PPGP) is available to professional artists and professional arts groups creating and/or presenting works of art in the disciplines of dance, film, music, multidisciplinary arts, theatre, visual arts, or writing.

Ontario Arts Council

OAC is an independent agency of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation that supports artists and arts organizations in Ontario through grants, awards and services. Since its establishment in 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

Social Venture Partners Calgary

Seeks to develop philanthropy and volunteerism to achieve positive social change in the Calgary region. Using the venture capital approach as a model, SVPC is committed to giving time, money and expertise to create partnerships with non-profit organizations.

Toronto Arts Council (Local: Toronto, ON)

An arm's length funding body that supports the development, accessibility and excellence of the arts in Toronto. Grants to the city's arts organizations and professional artists invest in a broad range of activities from individual creation and small start-up projects to some of Canada's largest and most renowned arts institutions.

True Sport (National)

The True Sport Foundation is a national charitable organization that is dedicated to advancing and supporting values-based and principle-driven sport in communities throughout Canada.

West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund

The West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund is designed to help environmental and community groups use the law to better protect the environment. The fund provides financial assistance to citizens and groups who need legal assistance to resolve environmental issues.

Worker Co-op Fund

Owned and managed by the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF), the CWCF was formed to work for the development and expansion of businesses organized according to co-op principles and the principles of worker ownership and control, and to promote the ideals of democracy in the workplace. The $1.5 million Fund helps create new and existing worker-owned co-ops in all regions of Canada.