eNews Alert: Reopening Guidance & MAP Recovery Funding!

Jun 18, 2020
Thursday, June 18 Update

OMA Reopening Guidance Document
& MAP Emergency Funding

In this eNews Alert you will find:
  1. OMA Reopening Guidance
  2. OMA Presents to S.C. on Finance and Economic Affairs
  3. MAP Emergency Funding - Apply Now!
  4. $25.7 million in new funding for national museums and the National Battlefields Commission
  5. Young Associates: Tipsheet: Navigating the CECRA Program
OMA Reopening Guidance
Read the OMA Reopening Guidance HERE!
"The OMA has created this document to provide information that will help Ontario museums to make decisions about whether to reopen, when to reopen, and how to reopen responsibly and safely. That all museums will reopen to the public in the near future is not a foregone conclusion. The decision to reopen any museum will be based on government and scientific guidance, but the financial and operational considerations that directors, funders and policy-makers must take into account mean that reopening will be a difficult process for many museums."

OMA Reopening Guidance Document, crafted with input from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industry (MHSTCI), is available now HERE on our website!
OMA Presents to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
Today, June 18, OMA Executive Director Marie Lalonde presented virtually to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs recommending an Ontario museums relief fund and digitalization funding; emphasizing that museums are key to Ontario tourism and recovery. 
MAP Emergency Funding - Apply Now!

The Museums Assistance Program (MAPis now accepting applications for emergency assistance through the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations.  This assistance will help organizations care for their heritage collections during these exceptional circumstances.

The COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage is meant to complement economic measures already announced by the Government of Canada, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Business Account and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses.

Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $5,000 and $100,000 in emergency support.

To expedite funding requests, the Department has created a simplified online application process. For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations. While the deadline to apply is September 1, 2020, applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.

To apply, click HERE.

The OMA understands that there is a possibility the government will address the fact that there are very small community museums with smaller budgets that are seasonal, dependent on volunteers, that may not reopen this summer. The government is considering adjusting the sliding scale to be able to provide grants below $5,000 that are proportional to those budgets.

Stay tuned for confirmation. 
To see the infographics in full, click HERE.
$25.7 million in new funding for
national museums and
the National Battlefields Commission
GATINEAU, QC - June 18, 2020

Canada’s six national museums (Crown corporations)—the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the National Battlefields Commission (a government agency)—are important cultural and historical institutions. They play an essential role in preserving our heritage and educating Canadians, and are drivers of innovation.

The Government of Canada is therefore announcing an emergency investment of $25.7 million to help these organizations maintain essential services and be ready to reopen their doors to the public once precautionary measures are lifted.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission closed their doors on March 14, 2020, to protect the health and safety of their staff, visitors, and all Canadians.

This major investment will support these national institutions, which are essential to the preservation and presentation of our artistic, cultural and historical treasures. It will also protect jobs on which many Canadians depend.

To read more, click HERE.
Tipsheet: Navigating the CECRA Program
With thanks to Young Associates:

Administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) Program provides relief for small businesses (including non-profit and charitable organizations) experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

To read more and get some advice, download the tipsheet HERE.