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Field Descriptions:

Additional Information Further information on the individual record.
Amount Disbursed The total amount of funding allocated to the grant. If a grant is awarded for multiple years, the total is reported in a single year. [Amount Disbursed – 2014 Inflation: The number in the Amount Disbursed field in 2014 dollars. Does not apply to payments for post-2014]
Coverage / Jurisdiction (for federal grants) Applies only to federal funding. Region, province or territory where the recipient organization is located.
Data Source Public Accounts: A detailed annual budget published annually by Federal, provincial and territorial governments (this database includes Federal, B.C. and N.S.). Municipal: Grants data from 21 municipalities in British Columbia using a diversity of sources. 
Fiscal Year

Governments report transfer payments over a fiscal  – rather than calendar – year (e.g. April to March). The year reported is the end year. For example, a grant listed in Public Accounts for  1987-1988 is listed here as 1988.

This database includes grants data from a dozen major Federal ministries for the years 1972 to 2014 as well as British Columbia and Nova Scotia governments for the years 1960 to 2014. Municipal data for Vancouver and Vicotoria is for the years 1960 to 2017; other municipalities, with a few exceptions, include data for the years 2006 to 2017.

Funding Organization: Government The current dataset includes information from three governments: British Columbia, federal, and Nova Scotia as well as 21 municipal governments in British Columbia.
Funding Organization: Agency The ministry, department or crown agency that was the source of the funding. Some provincial governments do not report this information, particularly in earlier years.
Funding Organization: Program Applies only to federal funding. Some federal agencies organize their transfer payments under programs.
Keywords Keyword search applies to all fields. Use quotation marks to search a phrase. Use and to search multiple words in the same field.
Funding Organization: Lead Program Applies only to federal funding. Some federal agencies organize their transfer payments under a broader heading above the Funding Organization: Program field.
Project Description Forthcoming. Does not apply to the current Public Accounts dataset. A description of the funded research project. 
Recipient Organization: City The city where the recipient organization is located. Most provincial governments do not report this information.
Recipient Organization

The organization listed as the grant recipient. There are some organizations in this field with the added notation “(edit)”. In this case, the name of an organization’s branch location was remove to provide consistency among the names (e.g., Elizabeth Fry Society of London was revised to Elizabeth Fry Society). Refer to the “Recipient Organization (Original Text)” field for the original text. 

Use quotation marks to search an exact name. The search functions as an “and” rather than an “or” search. In other words, searching Elizabeth Fry (without quotation marks) will produce results for every record with the terms Elizabeth and Fry in the recipient name.

Recipient (Original Text) The ‘Recipient Organization: Name’ field was processed using Google OpenRefine and other programs to correct errors in spelling or produce consistency among records. This field provides the text from the source file.



Checking multiple sectors in a search functions as an “and” rather than an “or” search. In other words, checking both “women” and “Indigenous peoples” sectors will only produce results that include records coded as both women and Indigenous peoples. The Public Accounts (Federal, British Columbia, Nova Scotia) records were coded into four sectors: environment, human rights, Indigenous Peoples, and women (with Indigenous Government as a sub-category of Indigenous Peoples). The municipal records were coded for these sectors as well as five additional: Arts, Culture, Economic, Heritage, Recreation (Public Accounts records were not coded for these five sectors). See the Field Descriptions page for further information on coding and sectors.

The records were coded based on names of organizations such as the Young Women’s Christian Association (women) or the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies (environment). Whether or not an organization was included in one of the sectors was based on one of two factors: membership and/or mandate. Self-identified human rights or civil liberties organizations, for instance, were coded as human rights (e.g. Powell River Civil Liberties Association or B.C. Human Rights Council). Similarly, organizations were included if their primary mandate fit within one of these sectors, such as transition homes or family crisis centres for women. At the same time, organizations whose membership was primarily Indigenous Peoples or women were included, such as the Victorian Order of Nurses. The data collection excluded grants to governments (e.g, municipalities), government agencies, individuals and for-profit organizations.

Indigenous governments: This category is a sub-set of the Indigenous peoples category (i.e. all records under this category are coded as both Indigenous governments and Indigenous peoples). We included organizations with the following keywords: band, tribe, reserve and government. We also manually reviewed the remaining records to code as Indigenous government those Aboriginal peoples’ communities that did not specify an organization or association (eg. “Algonquin of Pikwakanagan” was included in this sector). Other common keywords for this sector included development corporation, development fund, management services, regional development, education authority, child and family services, fisheries and education authority, construction, housing corporation and association, land corporation, board of education, “Metis and Non-Status” or Non Stat, alcohol and drug abuse, college, Société de Développement.

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  • Clément, Dominique. “Title of Page or Document.” State Funding for Social Movements. Accessed [date accessed, e.g. 28 July 2020]


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