The Department of Canadian Heritage is launching a call for proposals for the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program (CSMARI).

The CSMARI Program has three funding components: Projects, Community Capacity Building and Events.

  • The Projects component provides funding for community development, anti-racism initiatives, and engagement projects that promote diversity and inclusion by encouraging interaction among community groups.
  • The Community Capacity Building component provides funding for capacity building projects that will contribute to the recipient’s ability to promote diversity and inclusion of racialized and religious minority communities, and Indigenous peoples.

The deadline to submit an application for funding under the Projects and the Community Capacity Building components is January 12, 2021.

Please note that you must submit your completed application to this email address to ensure that it is officially received by the Program:

We have attached to this email, a copy of the new application form and the budget for the Projects and the Community Capacity Building components.

  • The Events component provides funding to community-based events that promote intercultural or interfaith understanding, promote discussions on multiculturalism, diversity, racism and religious discrimination, or celebrate a community’s history and culture, such as heritage months recognized by Parliament.

Note that there is no established deadline to submit a funding application under the Events component, as applications are accepted on a continuous basis. However, funding applications must be submitted at least 18 weeks prior to the proposed event start date.

For Events, please contact your respective region to obtain the new Events application package:






The Program is highly competitive. Funding requests typically exceed our available resources. If your organization is eligible, we encourage and recommend you to contact the Program before submitting your application.

Before completing an application kit, please read the new guidelines for the component to which you wish to apply for funding by visiting our website: