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: March 15, 2023

March 31, 2023: Museums Assistance Program - Canada-France Agreement, Canadian Heritage

  • Provides funding for joint missions between French and Canadian heritage organizations, to create ties and enhance competencies of museum professionals
April 20, 2023: Inclusive Community Grants, Ontario Government
  • grant provides municipalities, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous communities with up to $60,000 for local projects that will help older residents and people with disabilities participate in community life
June 14, 2023: Capital Grants, Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Apply for a Capital grant to help your non-profit organization address a community need by improving the infrastructure Ontarians need to thrive. Whether it’s purchasing equipment, building a new space, or completing renovations, retrofits or repairs, Capital grants support projects that will have a positive impact in your community (application will be available on May 17, 2023).
October 25, 2023: 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 (application will be available on September 27, 2023).
November 1, 2023: Youth Innovations Test Grant, Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • The grant supports youth-led and youth-adult partnerships to research important issues, explore different approaches, and test new ideas. Express of interest deadline is August 23, 2023 (only successful candidates will be invited to submit a grant application).
November 1, 2023: Youth Innovations Scale Grant, Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • The grant supports youth-led grassroots groups and youth-adult partnerships who want to expand their reach or enhance their impact on young people. Scale your successful project with a proven model. Express of interest deadline is August 23, 2023 (only successful candidates will be invited to submit a grant application).
  • The 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.
  • 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.
  • The fund 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 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, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
  • The 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 Program, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
  • The program is designed to attract, retain and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce. It has 2 streams: Indigenous Workforce Development Stream, and Workforce Development Stream. 
  • The 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
  • The grant 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 grant 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: Movable Cultural Property Grants, Canadian Heritage
  • The grant 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.
  • Funding provides funding for community-initiated capital projects, intended for community use. Recipients may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible project expenses up to a maximum of $500,000. 
Ongoing: Reconnect Ontario — Marquee Event Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Funding provides support to municipalities and organizations in Ontario for the hosting of large-scale, high-impact events that meet the ministry’s definition of a marquee. The fund supports expenses related to programming and production, media buys specifically targeting tourist markets (40km or beyond), event security and accessibility services, all specific to the delivery of a Marquee Event. Applications must be submitted at least four months prior to the event start date.
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