External Funding Opportunities


Grants for First Nation Public Libraries

 List Compiled by OLS-N

Library & Information Sciences Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

List Compiled by the Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee

We've listed grant opportunities that may be applicable to your library below. 

Canada Council for the Arts

Various Grants to support Arts and Culture.  

Canadian Heritage

Aboriginal People's Program - Aboriginal Languages Initiatives

The Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) supports the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages through community-based projects and activities. Expected results include the following:
  • Indigenous people have access to community-based programs and activities that contribute to the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures;
  • Indigenous communities are assisted in their efforts to enhance languages and cultures; and
  • Indigenous languages and cultures are preserved and enhanced as living cultures.
The Department of Canadian Heritage recognizes that initiatives that aim to preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages must be flexible and responsive to the broad range of community needs, goals and priorities.

Applications deadline: December 5th.  When an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

Sponsorship for summer job programs in Heritage Organization
Deadline passed (January 15, 2019)

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
Internship program
Deadline varies.

Canada Post Foundation

To support initiatives that benefit children.
The application period is currently closed. New applications open March 2020. 

Indigo Love of Reading

Supports Canadian high-needs elementary schools through funding the purchase of books and educational resources.​
Deadline passed, February 2019

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) is a cost-shared infrastructure funding program between the federal government, provinces and territories, and municipalities and other recipients. This program will see up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial and other partner funding, under four priority areas, including Community, Culture and Recreation. The Community, Culture and Recreation stream will support community infrastructure priorities across the province, improving access to and / or quality of community, cultural, and recreation priority infrastructure projects. Municipalities and First Nations are eligible to apply for funding for cultural facilities including libraries.
Deadline November 12, 2019

Ontario Arts Council

Various Grants to support Arts and Culture

Ontario Ministry of Education

Parents Reaching Out Grants

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Various Grants to support Arts and Culture

Public Library Operating (PLOG) Grant // Public Library Pay Equality (PE) Grant // First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grant
Library operating grants are statutory under the Public Libraries Act. Library operating funding goes to:

  • Public Library Boards and First Nations public libraries; and
  • Municipalities, Local Service Boards or First Nations that establish a contract for library service with a neighbouring public library board

Deadline October 24, 2019

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Skills Catalyst Fund

To support new and existing high-impact projects/pilots addressing Highly Skilled Workforce priorities.
Current application period is closed (as of October 2019)

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Provides project based funding to support 6 Action Areas: Active People, Connected People, Green People, Inspired People, Promising Young People, Prosperous People.
Application deadline: November 27, 2019, 5 p.m. ET.

For more information on grants that may be available, please consult:

  • Grants Ontario is your source for grants provided by a number of Government of Ontario ministries.
  • Charity Village for comprehensive guide of government funding programs.

Further Ideas:

  • Check bank web sites
  • Check your community-based supports: Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce.
Do you know of a funding opportunity to support libraries? Please contact Sarah Roberts, Advocacy & Research Officer, OLA to tell us about it.
Last updated October 2019*