FCC Expression Fund FAQs
Find answers to commonly asked questions about the FCC Expression Fund.
Questions about eligibility
What programs are not eligible for the FCC Expression Fund?
Your program isn’t eligible if it:
- Contributes to debt reduction campaigns
- Raises funds for a charity through private foundations or third parties (Lion’s Club, Knights of Columbus, etc.) unless funds are directed to a specific capital project for which FCC receives recognition for the donation
- Supports individual projects/interests
- 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
- Benefits private schools or private daycares
- Adversely impacts the environment
- Is an organization directed by an elected Federal Official
Why are third party groups ineligible?
FCC prefers to provide funding directly to charitable organization or beneficiaries.
What is debt reduction?
FCC considers debt reduction to be re-payment of any expenses incurred before receiving funding from FCC. When you apply for funding, the project or expenses must not be completed before receiving notification of funding or you’ll be ineligible.
Why does the FCC Expression Fund only support projects for English and French?
As a federal Crown corporation, FCC is required under Part VII of the Official Languages Act to take positive measures to support the vitality of English and French linguistic minority communities. The FCC Expression Fund was created in 2008 to respond to this obligation.
Our organization is not a registered charity. Do we need to partner with a municipal body?
Questions about the application process
I’ve applied for the FCC Expression Fund before and my application was denied. Why hasn’t my project received funding?
Each application is evaluated based on eligibility and is reviewed against other applications from your area. Projects are awarded funding based on their evaluation score.
We have numerous projects happening in our organization. Can we apply for all of them?
Organizations can apply for more than one project, but must apply separately. It’s important to note your projects will be competing against each other.
I’m having trouble submitting the application. What should I do?
Email us and someone will contact you within one business day.
Can I set up a meeting to discuss our project?
We don’t schedule individual meetings. Please include all details of your project in your online application.
Do I need to submit contractor quotes or other financial information with the application?
No quotes are needed with the initial application, but after completion of the project (within two years of being awarded the funds) you’ll need to provide receipts for any expenses paid for with awarded funding.
For the initial application, we only need general information including:
- Information about the organization you serve
- Information about the project/program you’re applying for
- How the funding (if awarded) will be used
- How much funding you’ve already secured for your project/program and where you received the funding from
Can I see the application before the fund opens?
Questions about funding
Will all projects receive the full amount of requested funding?
No. Funding is often approved for smaller portions of larger projects. For example, funding might cover the cost to install new cupboards in a community centre or supply medical equipment for a new community clinic.
Can awarded funds be put toward wages directly related to the program or project?
We may consider granting the use of funds toward wages if those wages are part of the project that’s chosen for funding.
Do we need to raise a portion of the funds on our own before applying for the FCC Expression Fund?
You don’t need to have any funds raised before applying. You can be in the beginning stages of fundraising, or apply for the entire amount.
If we’re awarded funding, do we need to match the amount provided by FCC?
You don’t need to match any funding received from FCC.
Can’t find the answer to your question? Email us and we’ll get back to you within one business day.