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Community Engagement

Community Engagement funding supports organizations undertaking remembrance initiatives including commemorative activities or the development of commemorative materials.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, the project must commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of those who served Canada since Confederation (1867). Eligible recipients can be non-profit or for-profit organizations, in Canada or abroad, as well as Canadian provinces, territories and municipalities. Projects must also be of a finite duration, with clear start and end dates.

Throughout 2021, significant commemorative milestones are being marked, notably the 30th  anniversary of the end of the Gulf War, the 105th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel, the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Emergency Force, the 80th anniversary of the Defence of Hong Kong, and the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong. We strongly encourage organizations seeking funding to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Please review the Program Guidelines for funding limits and more information.

How to apply

  1. Please review the guidelines and then complete all sections of the application form.
  2. Ensure budget information is complete. Sign and date the form and the Attestation.
  3. Send the completed application and any supporting materials to:

or by mail to:

Veterans Affairs Canada
Commemorative Partnership Program
191 Great George Street, Room 304
PO Box 7700
Charlottetown PE C1A 8M9

If you have questions about your application, please contact us

It is strongly recommended that applications be submitted at least three (3) months before your project's start date.

To be considered, applications must be duly completed. Veterans Affairs Canada will acknowledge receipt of applications and may solicit additional information. Only applications deemed complete will be assessed. Veterans Affairs Canada aims to notify applicants in writing of its funding decision within 12 weeks of the application deadline, provided that an application is deemed complete.

Articles for Veterans and families

The Captain Nichola Goddard Day of Peace for Students

“Every year, kids who didn’t know each other in the morning are hugging goodbye at the end of the day. It gives me goosebumps,” says Susan Casey, Principal of East St. Margaret's Elementary School in Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia.

Project '44 recreates the Battle of Normandy online

Project '44: The Road to Liberation is an interactive online map of Normandy that begins with the big picture of the battle and dives right down to the experiences of individual units, and even soldiers.

Giant floor maps recreate the First World War in the classroom

With support from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)'s Commemorative Partnership Program, an Ottawa based production company has teamed up with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) to distribute giant floor maps of the First World War as an educational tool—and a way to connect to the experiences of Canadian soldiers.

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