Heritage Ottawa Invites Applications for 2018 Gordon Cullingham Research & Publication Grant

Heritage Ottawa President David Jeanes; Janet Irwin, wife of the late Gordon Cullingham; 2016 grant recipient Hagit Hadaya; Councillor Tobi Nussbaum, Chair of Ottawa Built Heritage Subcommittee. Photo: David Flemming

Friday, October 6, 2017


Heritage Ottawa invites applications for the Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grant.  The grant program was created in 2008 and is named in honour of the late Gordon Cullingham, journalist, broadcaster, editor and heritage activist.

Applications must be received or postmarked no later than December 1, 2017.


The grant program supports work on all aspects of the preservation of Ottawa's built heritage, such as its architectural history, biography, material and technologiclal history, heritage conservation, cultural landscape and heritage planning.  Grants can be awarded to assist research on an appropriate topic or to contribute to the publication of a book or article.


Grants may be awarded to an individual, team or not-for-profit historical, heritage or community organization or to a publisher.

Financial Award

The yearly maximum individual grant will not exceed $1,000 for research and $2,000 towards the cost of publication. A three-person jury will review the applications and will make an appropriate recommendation to the Heritage Ottawa Board of Directors. If no application is deemed worthy of support in a given year, no grant will be awarded.


Research grant applications should include an 800 word research proposal stating the nature of the research being proposed, how it meets the guidelines noted above, a brief resumé of the applicant(s), a budget for the project, the names of two references who can attest to the applican't qualifications, and an indication of the potential for publication arising out of the research.

Publication grant applications should also provide a detailed publishing budget and three draft copies of an article or one draft copy of a book or monography being considered for publication.

Submission and Deadlines

Three copies ( an original and two photocopies ) of each application should be submitted to:

Heritage Ottawa,
2 Daly Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

Applications can be sent by email to info@heritageottawa.org. Please include the words "Gordon Cullingham Grant Application" in the subject line.

All applications must be received or postmarked no later than December 1, 2017.  Application forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Successful Applicants

The successful applicants will be notified of the award by January 31, 2018.

Successful research grant applicants will agree to provide Heritage Ottawa with a copy of any written work resulting from the research funded by the Grant and will include the following credit line in any subsequent publication: "Research for this Work was financed in part by a Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grant awarded by Heritage Ottawa."

Successful publication grant applicants will provide proper credit in the publication consisting of the Heritage Ottawa logo and the credit line: "This publication received financial support from a Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grant awarded by Heritage Ottawa." Successful publication grant applicants will also provide Heritage Ottawa with six copies of the final publication.

Previous Grants

2016 - $1,000 research grant to Dustin Valen for research toward his book Cultivating Canadian Moderism: The Architectural Research Group of Ottawa (ARGO) 1943-1949

2016 - $   500 research grant to Hagit Hadaya for research toward a book entitled At Home with the Prime Minister: Residences of Canadian Prime Ministers Prior to 1951

2016 - $   500 research grant to Lynn Armstrong for research toward a lecture and walking tour about the work of Alexander Stuart, Ottawa Improvement Commission Superintendant 1905-1945

2015 - $ 1,000 research grant to Harold Kalman, Andrew Waldron and Peter Coffman for research for an expanded version of the 1983 book Exploring Ottawa.

2015 - $ 1,000 research grant to Stephen Jarret for historical and archaelogical research on the former site of the mid-late 19th Century W.H. Berry Malt House and Brewery in the west end of Ottawa.

2014 - $ 1,000 research grant to Titania Truesdale for research on seven modern churches designed by Ottawa architect James Strutt.

2014 - $ 1,000 research grant to David Noble for engineering and design research on The Diefenbunker.

2013 - $ 1,000 research grant to Dorothy-Jane Smith for research about the community mausoleum at Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery.

2012 - $ 1,000 research grant to Andrew Elliott for research on buildings along the Ottawa Improvement Commission's proposed ceremonial route in The Glebe.

2009 - $ 2,000 grant toward the publication of  Quentin Gall's A Walking Guide: Ottawa's Building and Monuments Stones (Geological Association of Canada Miscellaneous Publication No. 7, 2009


Application forms for the 2018 Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grant can be downloaded below in either English or French.