In 2015, Canada will welcome 41 countries and territories from across the Americas and Caribbean as Toronto and the municipalities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario host the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. The Pan American Games will be held from July 10-26, 2015 and the Parapan American Games will be held from August 7-15, 2015.
The Government of Canada is proud to support the Games and, as part of its support, has established a $3.6 million Community Celebrations Fund (CCF) to help communities celebrate the Games across Canada.
The CCF is intended to:
· Raise awareness of the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games and provide Canadians with opportunities to participate in the celebrations;
· Enhance Canadians’ awareness of their country’s place in the Americas and the importance of the Americas to Canada;
· Celebrate the diverse cultures of Canadian diaspora communities from the Americas;
· Showcase Canadian values, culture and identity to the over 250,000 tourists who will attend the 2015 Games in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario; and
· Commemorate Canada’s shared history and heritage in summer sports.
The CCF can support a wide variety of projects including, community events that celebrate local athletes; theatrical and musical performances; as well as commemorative activities and events.
The CCF will accept applications until October 3, 2014.
To begin the application process, review the program guidelines and complete the expression-of-interest form attached to this email, and send your form to CelebrationJeux2015Games@pch.gc.ca. Pending review of your form, you will then be invited to submit a complete application by October 3.
Or, if you wish to discuss the CCF with one of our program officers, please contact us via:
Telephone: 1-866-811-0055 (toll free)* or (819) 997-0055
Fax: (819) 956-3645
TTY: 1-888-997-3123 (toll free)**
*The toll-free lines have agents available Monday to Friday, 8:30AM – 5:30PM (Eastern Standard Time)
**The TTY is a telecommunications device for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired.
NOTE: If you currently receive funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund orBuilding Communities through Arts & Heritage programs, please contact your program officer related to these funds before contacting the CCF.