The John Bragg Award for Atlantic Canada

Connecting Communities through the History of Inspired 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 is presented for the purpose of assisting heritage organizations to share the stories of inspiring leaders who have helped shape Atlantic Canadian history and society.

Key Objectives: To contribute to the success of initiatives and projects that conserve and promote the history, heritage, and diversity of leaders who have helped shape Atlantic Canadian history, and to inspire a new generation of Canadian innovators.

Successful applicants will receive a financial contribution award for projects (or activities) that do two or more of the following:

  • Expand knowledge about the history of and/or built-heritage associated with leaders who have helped shape Atlantic Canadian history and society.
  • Increase public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the diverse and inclusive histories of people in Atlantic Canada.
  • Conserve heritage properties, cultural heritage areas, or preserve and protect archaeological areas or locations.
  • Involve local communities in the sharing and promotion of these stories.

Criteria for Application

  • Historical societies, heritage organizations, community groups, and other related organizations may apply. Communities will be defined in both geographic and cultural terms. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the commitment and capacity to carry out the project.
  • Applicant organizations and their proposed projects must be based in Atlantic Canada.
  • Applicants must clearly explain the historical significance of the person or people being commemorated.
  • Requests must clearly describe an initiative or project that will expand public knowledge and understanding of the people and places that shaped Atlantic Canada.
  • In years one and two of a pilot project, grants are available for amounts up to $50,000.
  • At least fifteen percent (15%) of the overall project budget must be dedicated to public outreach and community development.
  • Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from sources beyond the John Bragg Award to achieve economic, community, and national impact.
  • Applicants must include a plan for the sustainability of the project and indicate how they will continue supporting this work after the grant has been allocated.
  • Applicants must clearly describe the activity or program already underway; the purpose of the project; why they are the right group to deliver the project; and the alignment with the John Bragg Award objectives.

To Apply

An online application form will launch in the fall of 2022. Please complete the form below to receive up-to-date information about the John Bragg Award.

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