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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 annual by the Federal, provincial or territorial governments. [Note: Future data sources are forthcoming as more datasets are integrated into the database.]
Fiscal Year Public Accounts reports transfer payments over a fiscal year (e.g. April to March). The year reported is the end year. For example, data from Public Accounts published for 1987-1988 is listed as 1988.
Funding Organization: Government The current dataset includes information from three governments: British Columbia, federal, and Nova Scotia.
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 identified as the grant recipient. There are a few organizations that included the notation “(edit)”. This is a reference to an organization where the name of its 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 (Original)” field for the original text. 
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 original name from the source file.



  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Women

The records were coded based on names of organizations that match four sectors: environment, human rights, Indigenous peoples, and women. The coding included any organization associated with these four sectors, such as the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) or the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies. 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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Readings lists on the topic of state funding for social movements

All information sources from and the database should be acknowledged by the User and cited as follows:


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


Clément, Dominique. State Funding for Social Movements Database. Accessed [date accessed, e.g. 28 July 2020]