Final Digital Access to Heritage Fund Application now open!

Jul 21, 2022
Need to Know
Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations
Don’t wait! There are only 13 days left to apply.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited - 75% of Recovery Funds have already been allocated
  • With your documents ready, the application should take about 30 minutes
  • Funds expected to flow in late summer, early Fall

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for assistance with ongoing operating costs through the Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations ($13.6 million in 2022-2023). This assistance will help heritage organizations as they seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 $1,000 and $80,000 in emergency support - grants are calculated to 8% of your expenses.

Deadline to apply for funding is August 2, 2022. Applications for the 2022 Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations will be accepted through the Canadian Heritage Funding Portal (CHFP). Read the Application guidelines HERE.

If you need assistance, or encounter challenges with your online submission, don't hesitate to contact your Regional office or call 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free) including to receive PDF forms.

Digital Access to Heritage fund -
The Museums Assistance Program (MAP)

Submissions for the final deadline now open!

The Digital Access to Heritage component of MAP provides funding to heritage organizations to digitize collections and make them available to the public, develop digital content and build their capacity in these areas.

Application Deadline:
September 1, 2022 for projects taking place between Sept. 1, 2022 and Mar. 31, 2024
Who Can Apply:
Indigenous governing bodies or Indigenous organizations, incorporated non-profit Canadian museums, museums associations or incorporated non-profit Canadian service organizations whose membership relates to the museum sector, Incorporated non-profit Canadian museums without a permanent physical space.

Review the Application guidelines HERE.
Contact your Regional office to discuss your project and request an application package.

OMA Professional Development
Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies
Course Registrations
Collections Management
Format: Online
Course dates: Sept. 19 - Nov. 27, 2022
Course Director: Janet Reid, Markham Museum

Registration Open!
Organization & Management of Museums
Format: Online
Course dates: Sept. 19 - Nov. 27, 2022
Course Director: Kathleen Powell, St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Registration Open!
Education Programs
Format: Online
Course dates: Oct. 3 - Dec. 11, 2022
Course Director: Meredith Leonard, City of Hamilton

Registration Opens Monday, July 25!
Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.
Questions? Email
Register today!
Upcoming OMA Dates

Collections Management (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Organization & Management of Museums (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Education Programs (CMS course): registration opens July 25, 2022
Course Start Date: October 3, 2022

OMA Annual Conference 2022: Early-bird Rates – register now and save!
Other PD Opportunities

UofT Master of Museum Studies
Capstone Project proposals now open

Deadline: August 17, 2022

Students can apply their knowledge to develop projects in partnership with cultural institutions, community organizations or university programs. Projects can be digital or physical, public-facing or internally-focused, and suitable for a team of 3-4 students. Examples include: an exhibition in a gallery space; scripting and delivering walking tours, audio tours or podcasts; institutional climate action and sustainability strategies; development of an educational program.

Proposals will undergo a selection process to ensure a wide range of institutional, disciplinary, and thematic diversity. Opportunities are sought for students to work with DEAI and decolonizing frameworks, and anti-oppressive practices.

To submit a project proposal, use the Submission Form HERE.
Contact Course Instructors Cara Krmpotich and Morgan Mavis with any questions

Nonprofit Driven Annual Conference
Ontario Nonprofit Network

November 2-3, 2022
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Nonprofit Driven is an important gathering for nonprofit leaders, community organizers, and policymakers to collaborate and form strategic partnerships while having a bit of fun! This year’s conference schedule will intentionally include longer breaks and built-in opportunities for attendees, staff and supporters to connect.

Read more and register HERE.
Reconnect and Reimagine:
Meeting Challenges in 2022
Ontario History and Social Science Teachers' Association (OHASSTA)

Saturday, November 26, 2022
Hamilton, McMaster University

OHASSTA is seeking proposals from Social Science and History educators from Ontario for their November Conference. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is July 28, 2022

How do we rebuild connections with our colleagues and our students after the disruptions of Covid teaching? How can we reimagine education to respond to the needs of every student in a destreamed classroom that is culturally relevant and responsive? This will be an in-person conference however, to meet the needs of all members, they are offering some pre-recorded workshops.

Read more and propose a workshop HERE.

Research of Organizations in the Sectors of Memory, Heritage and History
Memory Heritage History Network (MHH)

The MHH Network is conducting research to understand the needs of the organizations and groups targeting history, memory and heritage linked to official language of minority communities. Complete the survey and pass it on to any museums or groups who may offer services or have material in French.

Read more HERE.
Complete the survey HERE.

Canadian Conservation Institute
Becoming a RE-ORG Coach

Virtual interactive sessions
October 5 - November 30, 2022

Over a period of two months, participants will be able to remotely design and develop a RE-ORG training activity based on a case study; provide recommendations to institutions wishing to undertake a RE-ORG project; and effectively apply coaching skills to lead and advise heritage institutions on their storage needs. This workshop will consist of one activity per week. Application deadline: August 2, 2022.

Read more and register HERE.
Preparing for Extreme Weather:
Fire and Hurricane
Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

Thursday, August 18, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

The past few years have seen an increase in cultural institutions dealing with various extreme disasters. This webinar will feature two examples of extreme weather, wildfires and hurricanes, and how staff at two institutions dealt with preparation, impact, and ramifications for these common types of extreme weather.

Section 1: CZU Lightening Fires of San Mateo & Santa Cruz Counties, August 2020
Speakers: Kathleen Alston with Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Jenny Daly with California State Parks

Section 2: The Always Existing Hurricane Season
Speaker: Chakira Teresa Santiago with Museum of History, Anthology and Art University of Puerto Rico

Read more and register HERE.


ICOM Prague 2022:
26th ICOM General Conference

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

In-person and Online
August 20–28, 2022

The ICOM triennial General Conference is one of the most significant global events dedicated to museums and its professionals. For the first time in ICOM’s history, ICOM Prague 2022 will explore a new hybrid conference format. This year, a digital platform will provide participants not travelling to Prague with full remote access to the scientific programme of ICOM Prague 2022.

Read more and register for remote attendance HERE.

#OMAConf2022 Tradeshow and Partnership
Partnership Application Deadline: August 8

Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the field by partnering and exhibiting at the only conference dedicated to Ontario Museums.

As we gather in-person and online for the OMA Annual Conference 2022 and to celebrate the OMA's 50th anniversary, we are offering categories of partnership opportunities.

Partnership Opportunities are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the order form by August 8, 2022 and return to

Download the OMA Conference 2022 Opportunities Package and order form HERE.
Download the Opportunities Package
#OMAConf2022 Registration Open
Register now and save!

2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we are so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year!

This year’s theme is Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence. This theme embodies the changing nature of museums and focuses on what museums are currently doing, rather than what they might do in the future.

Join us in-person!
Monday, November 7, 2022
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers Lane
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Local Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours - separate registration required, stay tuned!

Join us online!
Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – interactive online sessions
Learn about early-bird rates!

Register now and save!
Fully Subsidized Registrations
The OMA provides limited subsidized in-person and online conference registrations. Subsidies will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Learn more HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3

Book early to secure your room at the special OMA rate. Learn more HERE.
OMA's 50th Anniversary
A Celebration of OMA's 50th Anniversary

2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario, working with staff and volunteers across the province from 700 museums, galleries, and heritage site.

We invite you to join our celebration by enjoying a year-long series of online initiatives that recognize the past and continued contributions of our members and supporters.

We are pleased to celebrate the OMA’s 50th Anniversary with you!
Celebratory Video Messages

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Council, members, graduates, course Directors, volunteers and supporters are invited to share congratulatory video messages to mark this commemorative occasion.

We plan to share these messages throughout our anniversary year across digital platforms and feature a video compilation at the OMA Annual Conference 2022. Messages should highlight your connection to the OMA and emphasize the ways Ontario museums help create vibrant and vital places to live, work, visit and invest.

Read more and submit your message HERE.
Submit your message
Highlights from the OMA's Certificate in Museum Studies program - since 2004
In the Media
The Thousand Islands Boat Museum held its grand opening for its new boathouse exhibit
Canadian Military Heritage Museum present the Butlers Rangers Colours in new permanent display
Oakville Museum and Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, host Oakville Emancipation Day Picnic - Aug. 1
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is celebrating 75 years of De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver - Aug. 14
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.
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