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: June 23, 2022

 

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

August 3, 2022: Capital Grants, Ontario Trillium Foundation

  • Capital grants support projects that provide people with suitable, accessible, and well-equipped buildings and spaces. Projects should improve access to community spaces, programs, activities and services, and facilitate community members’ full participation in the life of the community, improve and build community spaces, make programs better and more efficient, and make better use of technology.

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

  • 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.

September 1, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage, Canadian 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 September 1, 2022, and March 31, 2024. 

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

December 7, 2022: Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation

  • OTF is investing in projects of non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19 to support their medium to longer-term recovery efforts and help rebuild their capacity and resiliency. Funding is available for projects that align with at least one of the Resilient Communities Fund outcomes to help organizations address their diverse needs and support them to rebuild and recover.

Open: 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.

 

OngoingIndigenous Peoples Resilience Fund, Community Foundations of Canada

  • 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. 

Ongoing: Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program, Infrastructure Canada

  • 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.

Ongoing: 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.

Ongoing: Supporting the Foundations of Cultural Infrastructure Initiative (supplemental funding for 2022-2023), Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund

  • The funding will provide a 1-time project-based support to current Canada Cultural Spaces Fund recipients with approved funding for a project that is currently under way and struggling with operational viability due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ongoing: Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund, Ontario Government

  • 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 Cultural Spaces Fund, Canadian Heritage

  • 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, Canadian Heritage

  • 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: 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. 

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 StreamNorthern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

  • 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: People and Talent ProgramNorthern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

  • 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: Events - Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program, Canadian Heritage

  • 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, Canadian Heritage

  • 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: Movable Cultural Property Grants, Canadian Heritage

  • 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.

 

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