The John Bragg Award for Atlantic Canada

Connecting communities through the history of inspiring Canadians

A small house in Sackville, New Brunswick, where famed artist Alex Colville painted many of his most renowned works. An academic library in Halifax, Nova Scotia, named after Izaak and Dorothy Killam, who funded one of the largest private trusts for higher education in Canada. A one-and-a-half story house in Memramcook, New Brunswick, where journalist, cabinet minister, senator, and Governor General Roméo LeBlanc was born.

Behind each of these sites is the story of an inspiring leader, visionary, and history maker from Atlantic Canada. These individuals helped shape the country we live in today and we continue to feel the impact of their lives and work.

In sharing the stories associated with the people, places, and spaces of Atlantic Canada, this initiative will forge links between history makers and associated sites, between prominent and emerging innovators, and between communities and inspiring stories. The John Bragg Award program strengthens and enhances these connections through the discovery, sharing, and understanding of the stories and history of Atlantic Canada.

Program Overview

The John Bragg Award empowers communities to share the stories of inspiring people who have shaped Atlantic Canadian history and society. Three organizations will receive a grant of up to $50,000 to carry out an initiative or project. This award is a pilot project of the John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation and Canada’s National History Society.

Key Objectives: To contribute to the success of initiatives and projects that conserve and promote the history of individuals who have had a significant impact on communities in Atlantic Canada, and to inspire a new generation of Canadian leaders.

Program Details

Learn more about eligibility, criteria, prizing details, and other program information here.


Applications for the John Bragg Award will follow a two-stage process. Interested organizations are invited to submit a short Letter of Intent for the grant. The Letter of Intent will consist of organizational details and a brief description of the proposed project, including key activities and outcomes. Upon review, Canada’s History will invite a group of candidates to submit a full application. This application will include detailed short answer questions, a budget form, and two letters of reference.

Submit your Letter of Intent here


Please contact us if you have any questions.

Joanna Dawson
1-844-852-7377 ext 225

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