eNews Alert: CEWS, MAP, OAC & More!

Aug 18, 2020
Tuesday, August 18 Update
5 Items for Your Attention!
  1. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - EXTENSION
  2. Museums Assistance Program (MAP) - APPLY NOW
  3. Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Response Initiative - LAUNCHED
  4. Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Funding - APPLY NOW
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - Period 5

A reminder that applications for claim period 5 (July 5 to August 1) opened August 17, 2020.


The government is proposing a further extension of the CEWS, until December 19, 2020, providing proposed program details until November 21, 2020, and has shared draft legislative proposals. These proposals would adapt the CEWS to support more workers and businesses, better protect jobs and promote growth, and effectively respond as the economy continues to reopen. The draft legislative proposals would also give the government some flexibility to ensure the wage subsidy can adjust to the needs of businesses if economic conditions change. 

For more information about CEWS, visit HERE.
Young Associates Tipsheet: New CEWS Eligibility Guidelines

The CEWS was recently extended to December 2019, and new eligibility and calculation guidelines have been published to help organizations calculate their new subsidy rates. Young Associates has compiled this information to help folks in our sector make sense of it all. 

Read the tipsheet HERE.

For those who have been waiting, the CRA also came out with a CEWS rate calculator for Periods 5 and 6! This, in connection with a good understanding of the new CEWS rules, will be key in claiming the subsidy. 

Download the tipsheet HERE.

Museums Assistance Program (MAP) Deadline Approaching!
New Portal Guide Available HERE.

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) - COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations provides financial assistance to organizations in order to allow them to continue to care for their heritage collections under these exceptional circumstances so that they remain accessible to Canadians.

Who can apply
The following organizations with heritage collections are eligible for funding:
  • Not-for-profit organizations such as museums, archives, or historic sites (including those that operate seasonally and those without full-time staff);
  • Indigenous organizations or official language minority community organizations; and,
  • Municipal and university museums with a distinct budget.

To be eligible, applicants must also:

  • Provide public access through regular hours of operation (including on a part-time or seasonal basis), and,
  • Have had annual expenses in 2019 between $2,000 and $3,000,000.

Application deadline
September 1, 2020

Please note that funds are limited and the department expects a high volume of applications. The program recommends organizations apply at their earliest convenience.

Read more HERE.
NEW: Download the portal guide HERE.
Apply HERE.

Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Launches Response Initiative
The $1.6M Arts Response Initiative is an investment in the diversity and vitality of the arts across Ontario.

The one-time initiative supports individual artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and arts organizations to carry out their activities in an environment of change. This initiative encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future. 

This funding is available to:

For program details, eligibility details, and to apply, visit HERE.

Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)
Resilient Communities Fund

The Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario. 

Request amount: From $5,000 to $150,000 
Grant term: up to 1 year
Application Deadlines*: September 2, 2020, at 5 pm ET and December 2, 2020, at 5 pm ET 

* Due to the expected high demand and in our efforts to support as many organizations as possible, only one grant per eligible organization will be awarded. Organizations that receive a grant from the September 2nd deadline will not be eligible to apply for the December 2nd deadline.


Download Resilient Communities Fund Resources:
COVID-19 and Ontario Museums: 2nd Survey
Ontario Museum Association 2nd Survey on the Impacts of COVID-19 for Ontario Museums

We know that COVID-19 has created a challenging and unprecedented environment for Ontario's museum operations. Since the pandemic began, the OMA has been working to respond to and voice the concerns and diverse needs of our sector, including presentations and submissions at the provincial and federal levels. 

We ask that you complete this second Survey to capture impacts of COVID-19 on museums to the end of July 2020. Survey responses provide evidence that forms the foundation of our advocacy work with government, funders, and other organizations.

This second Survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and the results will be widely shared with the sector as a reference.