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Ontario 400th Celebrations Program


The Ontario 400th Celebrations Program will provide project-based funding to support organizations in developing community engagement projects that celebrate and commemorate 400 years of Francophone presence and contributions in Ontario during 2015. These projects will also be underscored by the anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s most important voyage to the province. The overall goal is to provide Ontarians with access to a variety of projects that recognize the important role of Franco-Ontarians in the province’s history and development, while stimulating local economies and tourism in the province.


The application deadline for the Ontario 400th Celebrations Program category has passed.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Ontario 400th Celebrations Program funding, the applicant organization must propose a project that meets all of the following eligibility requirements. The event or initiative must:

  • Take place in the Province of Ontario.
  • Occur between April 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
  • Have an applicant organization in existence for one year or longer in Ontario as of January 2015.
  • Have a sufficient number of bilingual staff, proportional to expected audience size, to offer services in both official languages during the proposed project. (May vary per event type.)
  • Be open to the public at large without membership in a club or group.
  • Have a confirmed cash contribution of at least 50 per cent of the total cash operating budget for the proposed project, which includes a minimum cash contribution of 10 per cent from the applicant organization.

In addition, the applicant organization must provide a copy of its most recent audited or Board-endorsed or Treasurer-certified financial statement as an attachment. Applicants who do not provide the attachment noted above will not be considered.

Each application must demonstrate compliance with the above Eligibility Requirements. Applications that fail to do so will be deemed ineligible.

Program Guidelines and Sample Application

For complete details on the Ontario 400th Celebrations Program eligibility requirements, please refer to the Ontario 400th Celebrations Program Application Guide.

Ontario 400th Celebrations Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Sample Application

The Grants Ontario System Registration Guide for Applicants provides detailed instructions on how to attach documents to an online application.


For technical support including any computer related issues please contact Grants Ontario Customer Service by one of the following methods:


  • In Toronto: (416) 325-6691
  • Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090


Ontario 400th Celebrations Program applicants may direct telephone or e-mail enquiries to a Regional Advisor or contact the Ontario 400th Commemoration office by email at 400commemoration@ontario.ca or by telephone at (416) 325-4949.

Last updated: February 11, 2015