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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.


Community Engagement funding up to a maximum of $25,000 is available for organizations undertaking a commemorate initiative that recognizes and commemorates at least one of the following groups:

  • Modern Veterans
  • Women Veterans
  • Indigenous Veterans
  • Racialized Veterans
  • LGBT2Q+ Veterans
  • Canadian Armed Forces Veterans who have served our country in domestic operations such as wildfires, ice storms and floods

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until 1 November 2022. Projects must be completed this fiscal year (prior to 31 March 2023).

Application deadline for the 2023-24 fiscal year will be communicated this fall.

Applications continue to be accepted on an on-going basis for requests of $5,000 or less and should be submitted at least three months before the project start date.
For requests over $5,000, the next application deadline will be communicated shortly.

  • Up to a maximum of $2,500 for local projects
  • Up to a maximum of $5,000 for regional projects

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 VAC by email.
or by mail to:

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

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.

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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