FCC Expression Fund

The FCC Expression Fund was developed to support Canada's official languages and honour those communities where both languages thrive. It's $50,000 in funding for projects that contribute to the vitality of official language minority communities and help residents express the cultural and linguistic diversity of their area. The fund awards between $2,000 and $10,000 to each successful applicant. 

Online applications are closed. The next application period will begin in January 2016.

What it’s for

The fund supports projects such as community centres, daycares and artistic projects like theatrical productions, art galleries and concerts – to name a few.

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Who’s eligible

Official language minority communities – anglophone communities inside of Quebec and francophone communities within official language communities outside of Quebec who are:

  • registered charities with Canada Revenue Agency
  • non-profit organizations, including schools

Your project must

  • enhance the vitality of an official language minority community
  • be located in Canada
  • recognize FCC’s contribution
  • be completed within approximately two years

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How to apply

Online applications are closed. The next application period will begin in January 2016.

For more information about the FCC Expression Fund, email us.

Organizations we consider for funding

  • registered charities with Canada Revenue Agency
  • non-profit organizations, including schools

Programs we support

  • enhance the vitality of an official language minority community
  • must be completed within approximately two years
  • recognize FCC’s contribution
  • preferably benefit more than one community
  • encourage volunteerism
  • are located in Canada

Organizations or programs we will not support

  • take place outside Canada
  • have received funding from the FCC Expression Fund in the past two years
  • contribute primarily to operating budgets or debt reduction campaigns
  • raise funds for a charity through private foundations or third parties (Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, etc.)
  • support individual endeavours
  • benefits members of a particular religion, political party or social organization whose primary focus is advocating a particular religious, social, moral, political or economic point of view
  • benefit private schools
  • adversely impact the environment

Additional information

  • only online applications will be evaluated
  • preference may be given to organizations that have a focus on agriculture
  • FCC employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to complete the application for the FCC Expression Fund
  • selected organizations must sign a letter of agreement with FCC and show documentation of project completion
  • an environmental assessment may be required as part of the evaluation process
  • we will consider projects that take place within school buildings that are accessible to the outside community but do not fund individual classroom projects limited to only the students of that classroom

For more information, email us.

# Organization Amount Project
1 Société Maison de la Francophonie de Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia $6,000 New lighting in the Studio 16 theatre will improve the experience of the performers and the patrons.
2 Comité Culturel de
St-Isidore, St Isidore, Alberta
$10,000 Extensive renovations and expansion to the francophone community centre will help the building meet the needs of those who use it.
3 Coopérative des publications fransaskoises, Regina, Saskatchewan $8,000 Digitizing content, creating an online search tool and electronically archiving articles for l’Eau Vive, Saskatchewan’s French weekly newspaper, will make historical information more easily available.
4 Coopérative multiservices francophone de l’Ouest d’Ottawa Inc., Ottawa, Ontario $5,000 Helping to purchase exterior signage for the new francophone multiservice centre will help its visual presence in the community.
5 École Secondaire publique le Sommet, Hawkesbury, Ontario $5,000 New lighting and sound system for l’Agora theatre means the theatre will now be able to continue hosting Francophone events.
6 Gaspesian British Heritage Village, New Richmond, Québec $10,000 The historic Gendron Building will be renovated so it can act as a year-round English cultural and community centre.
7 Société culturelle Kent-Sud, Bouctouche, New Brunswick


New kitchen renovations will allow the cultural centre to offer cooking classes and showcase local producers and products in French.
# Organization Amount Project
1 Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre Cooperative, Wakefield, Quebec $10,000 The Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre Cooperative’s mission is to provide high-quality and sustainable cultural and recreational programs and events for all ages. Funds will support youth summer camps that offer the opportunity for youths to gather, learn and have fun in both official languages.
2 Really Local Harvest, Dieppe, New Brunswick $10,000 Really Local Harvest is dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture in southeastern New Brunswick. Funds will cover part of the production costs of the "Renaissance Agri-Culturelle" project, which showcases agricultural producers, visual artists and Francophone musicians from New Brunswick and promotes the diversity and vitality of the Acadian culture.
3 Société franco-manitobaine, Winnipeg, Manitoba $10,000 The Société franco-manitobaine (SFM) is the official representative of Manitoba’s Francophone community. La Liberté, the province’s only French-language weekly, reaches an important milestone this year, its 100th anniversary. To mark this anniversary, the SFM will prepare and display a permanent and touring exhibition on the history of Manitoba’s French community. Funds will help the SFM develop an educational guide to accompany the exhibition. The guide will be distributed to French immersion and Francophone school students from grades 9 to 12.
4 Centre culturel ARTEM, Témiskaming Shores, Ontario $9,500 The Centre culturel ARTEM aims to promote Ontario’s Francophone arts and culture in Témiskaming. Funds will be used to develop and translate an interactive tour promoting the area’s Francophone and agricultural history, entitled “Over 100 years of agriculture in Témiskaming”.
5 La Cité des Rocheuses, Calgary, Alberta $5,500 La Cité des Rocheuses, Calgary’s Francophone community centre, organizes and offers a wide array of cultural, artistic and educational events in French for the Calgary and area community and youth. Funds will go towards renovating the theatre.
6 L’ACFA régionale de Plamondon – Lac-la-Biche, Plamondon, Alberta $5,000 The Plamondon-Lac-la-Biche chapter of the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) is committed to promoting the development of a Francophone environment that is accessible to everyone. Funds will be used to renovate the Philip-Ménard cultural centre for the continued support of French-language projects and events.
# Organization Amount Project
1 Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta $7,000 The mission of the AJEFA is to facilitate public access to judicial services in French and promote the use of the French language in the administration of justice in Alberta. Funds will cover a portion of the production and touring costs for the drama production of L’intimidation, ça me concerne. This play addresses the subject of bullying, its effects and causes as well as the law concerning penal justice relating to adolescents. The play will be presented to Albertan francophone students from grades five through 10.
2 Société Francophone de Maillardville, Coquitlam, British Columbia $3,000 The Société Francophone de Maillardville promotes the French language and culture via cultural, social and educational events in the Maillardville and Coquitlam region. Funds will be used to present the 24th edition of the Festival du Bois – a francophone music, dance, art and culture festival.
3 Fédération des parents du Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba $10,000 The Fédération des parents du Manitoba was created by and for parents to allow francophone children to fully live their cultural identity. Funds will serve to produce and distribute French information and activity kits for families of exogamous parents (one francophone parent and one non-francophone parent). These kits will be distributed to parents with children registered in francophone preschools, learning centres and early childhood centres in Manitoba.
4 Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon, Saskatchewan $2,000 The Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon represents Saskatoon francophones in the promotion and development of their interests. Funds will contribute to the renovations of “le Relais”, a place of meeting and exchange for francophones in and around Saskatoon.
5 Société historique et culturelle St-Bernardin, Ontario $2,000 The Société historique et culturelle St-Bernardin is an organization whose mission consists of promoting the cultural life of the community via artistic and cultural activities, archiving of historical documents, spreading local history as well as preserving and honouring the community’s natural and built heritage. Funds will allow the SCHSB to purchase and install permanent display cases to exhibit the community’s photos and historical documents.
6 Éco-Huronie, Tiny, Ontario $7,000 Éco-Huronie, the only francophone ecological centre in central Ontario, works for sustainable development in its community. The organization promotes conservation of the area’s rural heritage, research on biodiversity, and rural development through education in sound environmental practices and nutrition. Funds will be used to establish the Lafontaine ecological camp for French-speaking youth.
7 Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence, Métis-sur-Mer, Québec $10,000 The mission of Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence is to develop and enhance the vitality of the English-speaking communities of the Lower Saint Lawrence region. The organization’s leadership role is not only for the basic health care needs of the population, but also to nurture cultural identity and define the minority community. Funds will be used to cover English-language seniors, youth and family programs hosted inside the Metis Centre.
8 School District 17, Oromocto, New Brunswick $5,000 Located in the heart of New Brunswick, School District 17 encompasses schools in the town of Oromocto (including Oromocto First Nation and Canadian Forces Base Gagetown) and the communities of Burton, Coles Island, Geary and Lower Lincoln, villages of Cambridge-Narrows, Chipman, Fredericton Junction, Gagetown and Minto. Funds will be used to purchase resources and support a French culture evening to enhance the current Intensive French program at Cambridge-Narrows Community School, Gagetown School and Coles Island School.
9 École Mgr-Martin, Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick $4,000 École Mgr-Martin is located in a small francophone town in Northwestern New Brunswick. It offers students from grades one to six a variety of educational approaches and development activities. Funds will be used to create a video of École Mgr-Martin’s theme song, in collaboration with students and a professional artist.