Current Funding Opportunities

Please see below for a variety of collected funding opportunities relevant to Ontario's museums. This page will be refreshed regularly, however, deadlines may pass between updates. Additionally, please note that the OMA may be unable to provide information about specific opportunities; it is advised to contact the funders directly. 

Last Updated: January 12, 2022

January 14, 2022: Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance

  • The program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition.

January 21, 2022: Young Canada Works 

  • This program offers eligible employers wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Subsidies to eligible employers enable the creation of about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.

January 25, 2022: Canada Summer Jobs

  • CSJ is a program under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

January 28, 2022: Listen, Hear Our Voices

  • Library and Archives Canada is providing funding to support Indigenous communities in their efforts to: digitize existing documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures, and build the skills, knowledge and resources required to carry out this work in their communities.

January 28, 2022: The National Anti-Racism Fund

  • This fund seeks to support organizations to combat racism, promote events and educations, and build a more anti-racist society. The $3 million fund will be dispersed over two years. Applications must align with one or more of the following themes and objectives: systemic racial barriers, research and education, public awareness, and cultural and intercultural community building.

January 31, 2022: Celebration and Commemoration Program — Reopening Fund

  • This 1-year funding initiative, available through the Celebration and Commemoration Program, will provide funding to eligible recipients to support initiatives that meet 1 or more of the following requirements: increase opportunities for Canadians to participate in various commemorative activities and celebrations to mark Canada’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, build a sense of pride and belonging to Canada by holding celebratory and commemorative activities that recognize people and achievements in the response to COVID-19, and support the revival of local economies through in person events.

January 31, 2022: Local Festivals - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

  • Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers. This includes the celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities and Indigenous cultural celebrations. For festivals starting between September 1 and December 31 of 2022.

February 2, 2022: Reconnect Ontario 2022

  • Reconnect Ontario supports festivals and events that have a tourism economic impact and motivate visitors to rediscover Ontario, reconnect people with local experiences and increase tourism spending. 

February 15, 2022: Summer Experience Program

  • This program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations, and First Nation communities to create career-related summer employment opportunities for students. The summer employment positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors within the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. View the Guidelines for more information HERE

March 1, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage

  • The Digital Access to Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program provides funding to heritage organizations to digitize collections, develop digital content and build their capacity in these areas. For projects starting between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2024. 

April 30, 2022: Community Anniversaries - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

  • Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Community Anniversaries component provides funding to local groups for non-recurring local events, with or without a minor capital project. For events that will occur during 2023.

April 30, 2022: Local Festivals - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

  • Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers. This includes the celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities and Indigenous cultural celebrations. or festivals starting between January 1 and June 30 of 2023.

August 31, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Canada-France Agreement

  • The Museums Assistance Program – Canada-France Agreement component provides funding for joint missions between French and Canadian heritage organizations, to create ties and enhance competencies of museum professionals. Partnerships may relate to research on development and diversification of audiences. Projects that further the development of official language minority communities are given a priority for funding support.

October 15, 2022: Local Festivals - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

  • Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers. This includes the celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities and Indigenous cultural celebrations. For festivals starting between July 1 and August 31 of 2023. 

OpenIndigenous Peoples Resilience Fund

  • This fund is an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience. Any Indigenous-led organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency support. Read the Applicant Guide for more information. 

Open: Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program

  • This program is a national merit-based program with the objective of improving the availability and condition of community buildings in Canadian communities experiencing higher needs and who are currently underserved. Read the Applicant Guide for more information.

Open: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

  • The NOHF Corporation provides economic development funding toward approved projects in the territorial districts of Northern Ontario, namely Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timiskaming. Four main programs are organized by the focus areas of business supports, community enhancement, people and talent, and cultural supports. There is a total of eight streams under the four programs: Invest North, People and Talent, Community Enhancement, and Cultural Supports. 

Open: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

  • OCAF has three specific aims: to increase cultural tourism by providing investments to assist Ontario cultural organizations to promote, market and present one-off or first-time events, or a significant expansion of existing activity, which are designed to attract new tourists and visitors to cultural events; increase the earned revenue capacity of the applicant organization; and support events that foster economic growth and contribute to job creation.

Open: Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund

  • This fund is an application-based, cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects. The program also supports innovative tourism recovery projects aimed at increasing tourism within Ontario to address the reduction in global travel as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the Application Guide for more information. 

Ongoing: Canada Community Revitalization Fund FedDev Ontario

  • This fund aims to help communities, towns and cities across Canada to build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, assist with community vitality, support social and economic cohesion and help reanimate communities. The Fund supports not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities.

Ongoing: Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

Ongoing: Commemorate Canada

  • The Commemorate Canada program provides funding to initiatives that commemorate and celebrate historical figures, places, events and accomplishments of national significance. The program favours commemorations and celebrations marking 25th, 50th, 75th, 100th anniversaries and subsequent anniversaries in increments of 25 years. For the commemoration of an individual, at least 10 years must have passed following their death.

Ongoing: Community Enhancement Program, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

  • The Community Enhancement Program is designed to help build strong and resilient Northern communities through infrastructure investments, to upgrade / repair existing assets to improve community quality of life, economic development infrastructure and strategic economic development initiatives.

Ongoing: Community Events Stream

  • The Community Events Stream supports organizations that host events that increase community profile and promote economic development in Northern Ontario. Municipalities, Indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations, and Local Services Boards located in Northern Ontario are eligible to apply. 

Ongoing: Events - Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program

  • The Events component of the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program provides funding to community-based events that promote intercultural or interfaith understanding, promote discussions on multiculturalism, diversity, racism and religious discrimination, or celebrate a community’s history and culture such as heritage months recognized by Parliament. Read the Application Guidelines for more information.

Ongoing: Digital Generator, Canada Council for the Arts

  • Digital Generator is a short-term initiative to support Canadian arts groups, collectives, and organizations to build their digital capacity and transform their business model and operations. This initiative offers 2 streams: to support hiring external consultants or experts, and to support implementing recommendations from external consultants or experts.

Ongoing: Digital Greenhouse, Canada Council for the Arts

  • The Digital Greenhouse is a digital innovation initiative for Canadian individuals, groups and organizations. It supports short-term projects that leverage digital technology to address sectoral and digital challenges. 

Ongoing: Exhibition Circulation Fund, Museums Assistance Program

  • The Exhibition Circulation Fund component assists museums with the costs related to the hosting of travelling exhibitions originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution and the borrowing of artefacts from any of the National museums of Canada. Read the Application Guidelines for more information.

Ongoing: Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

  • Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. These loans are for small and medium-sized businesses that have seen their revenues decrease by 50% or more as a result of COVID-19.

Ongoing: Jobs and Growth Fund

  • The Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The Fund, delivered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over three years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria. Read the Application Guide for more information. 

Ongoing: Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

  • The Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative (the Initiative), administered by Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF), is well positioned to help Canadian arts and heritage organizations prepare their spaces to reopen while following public health guidelines. The support can be used for renovating or adapting spaces, and for the purchase and installation of health and safety-related specialized equipment. Examples include the addition of an outdoor programming space, the purchase and installation of plexiglass barriers or improving ventilation systems.

Ongoing: Movable Cultural Property Grants

  • Movable Cultural Property Grants help designated organizations acquire cultural property of outstanding significance and national importance to Canada, as outlined in the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Designated organizations are located in Canada and demonstrate the ability to ensure the long-term preservation of cultural property. Grants can be used to purchase cultural property for which an export permit has been denied; or that is important to Canada’s national heritage and available for purchase outside the country.

Ongoing: People and Talent Program

  • The People & Talent Program is designed to attract, retain and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce. It has 2 streams: Indigenous Workforce Development Stream, and Workforce Development Stream. 

Ongoing: Tourism Relief Fund FedDev Ontario

  • This fund supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. The Fund will help to position Canada to be a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again safe.

Ongoing: Tourism Relief Fund FedNor

  • The Fund supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. With a budget of $500 million over two years (ending March 31, 2023), including $50 million specifically dedicated to Indigenous tourism initiatives and $15 million for national initiatives, this fund will position Canada to be a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again safe.

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