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Cultural Infrastructure

Program Category: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation
Program Sub-Category: Economic Development
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Status: Open


Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT)

Deadline Details

Dates of NDIT's new intake structure will remain consistent on an annual basis and will be January 31, April 30 and July 31 at 11:59 pm.

Funder Organization Type

  • Trust

Regional Limitations

This is a regional program and only supports communities in its service area.

(See the Map)

Culture plays a key role in developing dynamic, prosperous communities. Investing in the development of new or enhanced arts and cultural facilities will encourage people to visit and stay longer in communities and support year-round jobs based in the community.  

The Cultural Infrastructure program provides funding to support construction of new or revitalization of art and cultural facilities to increase and improve the access to and quality of professional arts and cultural facilities for residents and tourists alike.

Although the focus of NDIT programs is economic development, programs can also support community goals related to clean energy and adaptation. 

Eligible Community

All applicants must be located within Northern Development’s service region.
  • Local Governments
  • Registered First Nations Bands
  • Wholly Owned First Nation Development Corporations 

Regional Limitations

Yes (See the Map)

Other Eligible Applicants

Non-governmental Organizations / Not-for-Profits

  • Registered Not-for-Profits 

Type of Funding

  • Grant

Range of Funding Available per Project

  • Under $100 000
  • From $100 000 to $1 000 000

Description of Funding

Up to $100,000 grant to a maximum of 70% of the eligible project budget; orUp to $300,000 grant to a maximum of 50% of the eligible project budget
The types of project that may be eligible include, but are not limited to:
  • Museums
  • Art Galleries and studios
  • Heritage sites
  • Performing art centres
  • Interpretive centres

Percentage of Project Funded

  • Up to $100,000 available to a maximum of 70 % for upgrades or repairs to an existing facility or amenity
  • Up to $300,000 available to a maximum of 50 % for new construction and/or substantial upgrades to existing facilities 

Eligible Costs

  • Capital expenditures considered to be direct and necessary for the successful implementation of an eligible project
  • Contractor fees
  • Incremental third-party project management
  • Rental of tools and equipment for construction work
  • Wages for direct project labour
  • CPP, EI, Pension (employer portion eligible to a maximum of 9.85%) related to direct project labour
  • PST


In-kind (volunteer) labour contributions, internal equipment use (heavy equipment or machinery owned by the applicant to be used during the project), and/or monetized donations (donated materials, equipment, or services from third parties) may be considered.

Ineligible Costs

  • GST
  • Costs incurred (work started and/or deposits paid) prior to signing an agreement with Northern Development 
  • Vacation pay, statutory holiday pay, WCB, extended benefits or other benefits (such as a fitness credit), bonuses, or allowances (such as vehicle, phone or living expenses)
  • Regular or routine repair and maintenance
  • Administration costs related to the project
  • Costs related to planning, design, engineering, environmental reviews and preparing tender documents
  • Purchases of construction equipment or tools
  • Real estate and other fees related to purchasing or leasing land, buildings, or facilities
  • Renovations to spaces that are not available for public use
  • Restoration, refurbishments, or acquisition of artefacts/collections
  • Public art displays (statues, memorials, murals) 
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Projects and/or project activities that may displace any level of government from its core obligations are not eligible for funding (including infrastructure costs such as paving, sidewalks, sewer/water)

Reporting Requirements

Final report only