Types of documents held at the National Archives of Canada. 

Program objectives

The Documentary Heritage Community Program (DHCP) ensures that Canada’s continuing memory is documented and accessible to current and future generations by adopting a more collaborative approach with local documentary heritage communities. The program will be delivered in the form of contributions that will support the development of Canada’s local archival and library communities by increasing their capacity to preserve, provide access to and promote local documentary heritage. Additionally, the Program will provide opportunities for local documentary heritage communities to evolve and remain sustainable and strategic.

The DHCP provides financial assistance to the Canadian documentary heritage community for activities that:

  • Increase access to, and awareness of Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
  • Increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage.

Application deadline

LAC invites all eligible organizations to apply at their earliest convenience. The deadline for the 2017–2018 funding cycle is January 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

New information regarding the application deadline: "The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 funding cycle will be announced in the fall of 2017."


For applicant and project eligibility, please refer to the DHCP Guidelines.

Service standards

LAC has set service standards for the timely delivery of the acknowledgement of receipt, funding decision and payment processes. The following service standards have been set for the DHCP.


Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of your application form within 15 calendar days.


Our goal is to issue official written notification of funding decisions within 11 weeks of the program’s application deadline date.


Our goal is to issue payments within 28 calendar days of the successful fulfillment of requirements outlined in the contribution agreement.

Note: For contributions over $15,000, a 15% holdback will be imposed and will be paid upon receipt and approval of the Interim Assessment and Financial Report. The Program may provide advanced funding based on a demonstrated need; please refer to the DHCP Guidelines for more information.

Our performance target is to meet these standards for the majority of files. The achievement of these service standards is a shared responsibility. All required documentation must be submitted in a timely fashion.

Incomplete applications will not be assessed and will be considered ineligible.

 Service Standard Results for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program

Public acknowledgement of financial support

The Recipient is required to acknowledge publicly the financial assistance of the Government of Canada. In any promotional programs, advertising and publicity for the activities funded under this program. Acknowledgement shall be given to LAC in a manner reflecting Canada’s contribution. This acknowledgement shall be in both official languages. For more information, please consult the Guide on the Public Acknowledgment of Financial Assistance from Library and Archives Canada.

Funding history

Supporting documentation

Contact us

The Documentary Heritage Communities Program
Telephone: 819-997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035 (toll-free in Canada and the US)
TTY: 613-992-6969 or 1-866-299-1699 (toll-free in Canada)
Fax: 819-934-5835

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