About the Fund
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th brought people together and built a greater sense of belonging through hundreds of local projects connected to the country’s sesquicentennial.
More than 2,100 projects across the country were supported through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaborative initiative that launched in 2016 between the Government of Canada, community foundations, and local leaders.
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th activated a breathtaking array of initiatives and activities that brought out the best of Canada for the sesquicentennial. The Fund provided communities with thousands of small grants to support local projects, distributed by participating community foundations from coast to coast to coast.
Community foundations are philanthropic organizations that direct grants, leadership and other investments toward community initiatives. Across the country more than 90 per cent of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation — from our largest cities to our smallest towns. Use our map to find the community foundation nearest you to learn more about funded projects in your community.
Broadly, the Fund supported thousands of local projects connected to Canada’s 150th, that:
- ENCOURAGED participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
- INSPIRED a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that have shaped and continue to shape our country and our communities.
- BUILT vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflected our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th was a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and matched and delivered locally by Canada’s 191 community foundations.