$15 million for making cultural spaces safe during COVID-19

Nov 22, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
In this eNews Alert, you will find:
New Funding Opportunity:
Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19
Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada made an investment in Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) of an additional $15 million in 2021–2022 to provide a one-time project-based financial support for arts and heritage organizations across Canada to upgrade their space to be able to open safely while following relevant public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

Support for “Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19” (the Fund) can be used for renovating or adapting spaces to make them safe for workers and the public to return, as well as the purchase and installation of health and safety-related specialized equipment.

The initiative can fund up to 100% of eligible expenses or $150,000 per fiscal year in the case of grants, and 100% of eligible expenses or $300,000 per year in the case of contributions.

There is no deadline to apply for the Fund. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and assessed as they are received until the funds are fully disbursed. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure that the program has sufficient time to assess their application and the organization has enough time to carry out its project. 
All projects must be carried out before March 31, 2022.

For more information, click HERE

Find out if this funding can support your museum!

The OMA is hosting a free information session about the Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative with Valerie Hopper, Regional Manager of Arts Programs, and Sarah Hill, Senior Program Advisor, of Canadian Heritage. See below for details, and register HERE
Webinar: Making Cultural Spaces Safe
During COVID-19 Initiative from the
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
with Canadian Heritage
Free Webinar
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Join us for an information session on the Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Initiative will provide 1-time project-based support to arts and heritage organizations to upgrade their spaces and purchase specialized equipment needed to safely reopen while following public health guidelines. The Initiative seeks to increase the number of cultural facilities able to re-open safely to the public and staff.

In this webinar, Regional Manager of Arts Programs Valerie Hopper and Senior Program Advisor Sarah Hill will provide an overview of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and share further details on the Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative, including project examples, eligibility, and timeline. 

Following the presentation, there will be time for Q&A with participants. 

Register HERE.
Talking Change, Taking Charge at #OMAConf2021: Supporting A Diverse Workforce
Registration Ends Noon November 24
Speakers: Angela Cassie, Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Madeline Smolarz, and Jingshu Helen Yao

Museums would be nothing without all their incredible volunteers and staff. But not all museum workers are the same. Each worker is an individual with their own unique perspectives and experiences. As one of two concurrent discussions this afternoon, conference attendees who join this session will meet and brainstorm with museum professionals at different stages in their careers. Join Angela Cassie, the Vice-President of Strategic Transformation and Inclusion at the National Gallery of Canada, Ontario Museum Professional's Michael Rikley-Lancaster, the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals’ Madeline Smolarz, and Museum Professionals of Colour’s Jingshu Helen Yao in exploring how museums can support and nurture a diverse workforce. This session will focus on museum workers as individuals navigating their museum careers and doing so in ways that are mindful of all the identities they bring to their work.

Read more about the speakers HERE
Stay up-to-date with the OMA's 2021 Annual Conference by viewing our webpage HERE, and following the hashtag #OMAConf2021 on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

We hope to see you on
November 25, 2021!
Please note that registration will end Wednesday, November 24 at 12pm noon ET. 
Register Here
Reminder: Registration for the OMA's Annual Conference 2021
Reopening, Recovery, Reimagination
will end Wednesday November 24, at 12pm noon ET. 
Register Here
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