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Program Components

Component 1: Collections Conservation, Management and Presentation

This component is aimed at enhancing the conservation, management and presentation of collections in eligible organizations. Support will be provided for activities that raise the professional quality and authenticity of heritage resources. Projects involving the presentation and preservation of intangible cultural heritage will be eligible.

The maximum level of funding available under this component is $20,000. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of support for larger projects.

Component 2: Professional Development and Training

This component encourages human resource development in order to strengthen the level of expertise within the heritage sector. Training that contributes to the increased sustainability of heritage operations, or in the case of independent heritage professionals, to increased marketability of their skills, will be considered a priority.

The focus is on advanced training that can be received through professional workshops and courses. Conferences and forums are not normally considered unless they contain significant professional development in a specialized area. The applicant must provide 10% of the eligible costs of the proposal. Eligible costs include travel, accommodation and per diems. To encourage the sharing of skills and knowledge, funding recipients will be required to deliver a public presentation.

Component 3: Research

This component encourages groups to undertake research and to ensure that research is carried out by qualified individuals. Research projects will engage professionals to undertake research or supervision of projects. Applicants are encouraged to supplement this funding with other sources (i.e., employment or skills development programs such as those available under Service Canada).

Types of Research Projects that qualify:

  • Research on collections of artifacts and archival materials to help develop a better understanding of them (i.e., provenance, ownership, use, social history and folklore, who made them and why)
  • Research for exhibits
  • Oral History research for conducting interviews and/or transcription
  • Research for publications on historical subjects (e.g., books, booklets, online information sources, film/video) undertaken by community heritage organizations on topics of local, regional, or provincial interest (e.g., community histories, biographies)
  • Archaeology - archival research for archaeological investigations
  • Heritage Structures and Landscapes - to develop a better understanding of them, considering such things as provenance, ownership, builder, use, social history and folklore, who made them and why

Criteria for Research projects:

  • The applicant must be a community heritage organization - individual researchers are not eligible to apply
  • The applicant must demonstrate how the research supports their collection, mandate, and/or interpretive strategy
  • The applicant should detail the focus and purpose of the research (i.e. how it will be used)
  • Research projects must be directed by qualified individuals that would normally include:
    • a person with a B.A. or higher in a field appropriate to the area of research
    • a senior B.A. student in a field appropriate to the area of research
    • Individuals who do not possess the above must demonstrate that they have a proven track record for research and writing
  • Oral history projects must be conducted by those with training in oral history (with course certificates), or must be supervised by a qualified individual
  • While research for publications is eligible, the costs of publication are not covered under this program.

The maximum level of funding available under this component is $3,000.

Component 4: Heritage Publications and Digital Projects

This component is intended to increase access to funding for community heritage print-based and digital-based projects that promote the cultural heritage of the province. The goal is to strengthen the heritage sector by enabling groups to publish or generate works of an important historical significance and to increase their ability to generate revenue.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Exhibit Guides
  • Community histories
  • Projects that highlight significant aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador history
  • Documentaries/digital publications

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must meet general CEDP project eligibility
  • The applicant must be a community heritage organization - individuals are not eligible to apply
  • The applicant must demonstrate how the project will increase their sustainability through revenue generation
  • The applicant must demonstrate how the project supports the mandate of their organization
  • The applicant must demonstrate the involvement of professionals throughout the project on research, writing, editing, design, and publication
  • Works of fiction are not eligible

Assessment criteria:

  • Professional involvement at all stages of the project (research, writing, editing, production)
  • Partnerships with other groups and other funding agencies
  • Sustainability and revenue generation opportunities
  • Demonstrated project management capacity of organization
  • Clear project goals and timeline

The maximum level of funding is $5,000. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding.

For advice on obtaining a professional writer or editor, contact the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador at (709) 739-5215 or

Component 5: Provincial Sector Organizations

This component supports activities targeted at increasing productivity for provincial sector organizations. Support will be based on the submission of an annual sector strategy and work plan. This document will identify measurable objectives for development of the sector, and a strategy for increased stability of the organization. Specific criteria will be applied to determine sectoral operational support.

Province-wide organizations are defined as being managed by a board with regional representation, and as offering services and programs to all parts of the province.


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