Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP)

DHCP: Documentary Heritage Communities Program

October 18, 2018 – Please note that we have made some modifications to the 2019-2020 DHCP Guidelines. Major changes include:

  • New maximum funding amounts for:
    • Small contributions: Now below $25,000 per project for up to two years
    • Large contributions: Now between $25,000 and $50,000 per project, per funding cycle for up to three years
    • Additional support for organizations located in remote areas:
      • small contributions up to $29,999 per project
      • large contributions up to $60,000 per project, per funding year
  • Amendments to the list of eligible organizations to be more inclusive
  • Criteria used to assess the proposals

Please consult the relevant sections of the guidelines for more details on these changes.

Program objectives

The Documentary Heritage Communities 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 is delivered in the form of contributions that 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 provides 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 organizations and their holdings
  • increase the capacity of local documentary heritage organizations to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage

Application deadline

The deadline for submitting completed application packages is January 8, 2019 before 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) (UTC-5). LAC will not accept proposals after the deadline.

  • The deadline for submitting any questions about this call for proposals is January 3, 2019, before 4:00 pm EST (UTC-5)
  • The deadline for any technical questions related to the online application portal is January 8, 2019, before 4:00 pm EST (UTC-5)
  • In keeping with its service standards, LAC responds to queries submitted by telephone and e-mail within three business days

Contact us

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

Library and Archives Canada
Documentary Heritage Communities Program
550 de la Cité Boulevard
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0N4

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