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Ugnayan Fund


Do you have an idea to ENGAGE, ENABLE, and EMPOWER Filipino-Canadians in the National Capital Region of Canada?

Do you need funding support to turn this idea into reality?

If so, APPLY NOW to the Philippine Centre Canada’s Ugnayan Fund 2022.



The Ugnayan Fund is a grant program that serves the Filipino-Canadian community in the National Capital Region. It is available to individuals and organizations that need funding support for projects, programs, and services that promote PCC’s mission to help Filipino-Canadians meet their aspirations and needs to become an integral part of Canadian society.

The original purpose of the fund was to build a multi-purpose facility, which was to be called The Philippine Centre. The idea of a centre was launched and promoted by the former Philippine Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency, Mr. Francisco Benedicto. According to him, the Philippine Centre would serve as a facility “where Filipino-Canadians can share happy moments together in social, civic, cultural and sport gatherings”. In 1999, the PCC was incorporated to lead a community effort to raise funds for the centre. From 1999 to 2017, various fundraising activities were held to achieve PCC’s goal.

The 2018-2019 Board of Directors decided to defer the building objective as the environment has changed. The cost of building or managing a facility has risen significantly, and the Ottawa community demographic and interests have changed. The funds that were originally intended to own a Philippine Centre were then repurposed to support projects, programs, and services to benefit the Filipino-Canadian community. It is now known as the Ugnayan Fund.


Who is eligible to apply?

  • The applicant must be:
    • A Filipino-Canadian organization OR a group of at least three (3) individuals of Filipino heritage who have teamed up for this project;
    • At least 18 years old; and
    • Based in the National Capital Region of Canada.
  • Current PCC board of directors, staff members, and those who have professional and personal connections to them are ineligible to apply.

What projects are eligible?

  • From a networking event to a cultural exhibition to a series of development workshops, the Ugnayan Fund welcomes any initiative as long it is:
    • Conducted in the National Capital Region of Canada;
    • Intended for one of these groups within the Filipino-Canadian community in the NCR: youth, newcomers, working professionals, and seniors; and
    • Completed by December 31, 2023.
  • Proposed projects should have a budget of not more than $2,000.
  • The funding amount that each project will receive is between $1,500 and $2,000.

Proposals will be chosen based on how the initiatives:

  • Address the crucial needs of the Filipino-Canadian community in the NCR based on verifiable evidence such as consultations, government data, etc.;
  • Demonstrate the potential to make an impact for the intended audiences;
  • Facilitate community outreach, advocacy, and partnerships;
  • Promote Filipino heritage and culture in Canada; and
  • Foster the well-being of the Filipino-Canadian community through civic engagement.


  • To apply, click this link to access the online form [Ugnayan Fund Application Form] or email us at to receive the application form as a .doc file.

Before completing your application, consider attending one of the following virtual information sessions:

    • 28 OCTOBER 2022 (FRI), 6:30 PM
    • 04 NOVEMBER 2022 (FRI), 6:30 PM
    • 18 NOVEMBER 2022 (FRI), 6:30 PM

To register, click here [Information Session Registration]

  • The deadline of application is on 30 NOVEMBER 2022 (WED).
  • The announcement of selected proposals will be on 10 DECEMBER 2022 (SAT).
  • For further questions, please email us at