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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 crosses multiple years, the total is reported in a single year.
Coverage 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.

FOI or ATIA: Data was secured directly from the government agency using access to information legislation.

Fiscal Year Public Accounts reports transfer payments over a fiscal year (e.g. April to March). The year reported is the start year. For example, data from Public Accounts published for 1987-1988 is listed as 1987.
Funding Organization: Government Level The government jurisdiction (eg. British Columbia, Federal, Nova Scotia) that was the source of the funding.
Funding Organization: Name The ministry, department or crown agency that was the source of the funding.
Funding Organization: Program Applies only to Federal funding. Some federal agencies organize their transfer payments under programs.
Keywords Keyword search applies to all fields.
Parent 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 A description of the funded research project.
Recipient Organization: City The city where the recipient organization is located.
Recipient Organization: Name The organized as identified as the grant recipient.
Recipient Organization: Name Original The ‘Recipient Organization: Name’ field was processed using Google OpenRefine and other programs to clean errors in spelling or produce consistency among records. This field provides the original name from the source file.



  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Women

The records were coded based on names of organizations that match four issues: Aboriginal peoples, environment, human rights 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 Aboriginal 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.

Most of the for-profit organizations that were excluded and fit within the definition of an issue-area were environmental or Aboriginal peoples’ organizations, such as forestry companies.] Aboriginal governments were coded as all organizations with the following keywords: band, tribe, and government. We also exclude references to Aboriginal peoples’ communities to focus on organizations in those communities (eg. “Algonquin of Pikwakanagan” was removed but “Algonquin Child and Family Services” was retained). However, the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council was included in the dataset. The Council is a Crown corporation. But its mandate is to distribute grants to First Nations organizations for language, culture and arts that are not reported in Public Accounts.


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


  • Clément, Dominique. “page title or document title.” State Funding for Social Movements. (date accessed).


Dominique Clément. [year] State Funding for Social Movements Database. Retrieved from