The Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program is a new contribution program that supports Indigenous communities in re-establishing and revitalizing cultural spaces. The program offers opportunities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals to access culture and language, and strengthen identities.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for the construction or revitalization of spaces that support cultural activities within their communities. These spaces aim to support self-determination, increase safety and promote Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects and initiatives include the construction or revitalization of spaces that support cultural activities within Indigenous communities. Revitalizing existing cultural spaces includes renovations or retrofits to enhance quality and accessibility.

Applicants will have to demonstrate how the proposed project creates or promotes opportunities for girls, women or 2SLGBTQQIA+ people to access culture and language.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • long houses
  • women’s lodges
  • powwow grounds
  • heritage parks
  • cultural centers
  • facilities to support cultural ceremonies, teachings and contact with Elders

The main eligible costs include:

  • acquiring permits
  • construction plans
  • feasibility studies
  • project personnel such as construction workers, electricians, plumbers
  • acquisition of construction materials

For a full list of eligible and ineligible expenses, consult the Type and nature of eligible expenditures section of the terms and conditions.

Who can apply

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis section 35 rights-bearing groups
  • Indigenous groups with a signed self-government agreement or modern treaty
  • any corporation, foundation, association or other type of organization identified by an eligible recipient, to act as their agent or representative


The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021.

How to apply

  1. Complete the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program Project Funding Application (PAW# 9739545)
  2. Email your completed application form and required supporting documents to

In addition to your completed application form, you may need to submit:

  • a project plan that describes each activity with their start date, end date and anticipated cost
  • a 5-year operations and maintenance plan and costing
  • any other supporting documents you wish to include

Agents or representatives will need to include proof of representation of a section 35 rights-bearing First Nation, Inuit or Métis group, or of an Indigenous group with a self-government agreement or Modern Treaty. If a nominee or representative has been appointed, include a letter of appointment.

Contact us

For more information please contact Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.