Fund Your Digital Transformation

Jun 23, 2022
Need to Know
Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital grant
Deadline August 3, 2022
Capital grants provide funding over one year (min. $10,000 to max. $150,000) to help organizations respond to the capital needs of Ontario’s communities 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. Applications open July 6, 2022.
Read more HERE.
Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund
Deadline December 7, 2022

Resilient Communities Fund grants support projects that help rebuild an organization’s capacity, enhance their resiliency, and meet the changing needs of their communities. This fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects (min. $10,000 to $200,000, with a max. of $100,000 per year).
Read more HERE.
Supporting Digital Transformation
Small Bytes
Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums
Small Bytes: Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums is an initiative of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

With this initiative, the Ontario Museum Association will provide accessible, high-quality online training opportunities to build the digital capacity and skills of Ontario’s smaller and rural museums, to increase accessibility to their collections through digital projects.

What's happened this year, so far:
  • April 29: The Digital Strategy - Intention through Application
  • May 25: Virtual School Programming - Decision Making for Small Museums
  • June 8: Asynchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop
  • June 15: Synchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop

Watch the webinar recordings and find out more about the initiative HERE.

Workshop Recordings:
Virtual School Programming

Asynchronous & Synchronous School Programs

On June 8 and 15, 2022, the OMA presented "Virtual School Programming" workshops with Christina Sydorko, Educational Program Coordinator at the Oil Museum of Canada NHS. Christina led participants through the tips and tricks for creating asynchronous and synchronous virtual school programs that meet teacher needs and museum goals.

View the presentation slides and other resources HERE.
Watch the recordings
Upcoming Webinar:
Know Your Target Audiences with
Environics Analytics

OMA Member Exclusive

Free webinar - held on Zoom
Tuesday June 28, 2022
10:00am - 11:30 AM ET

Join Nader Shureih, Vice President, Business Development for the Public Sector at Environics Analytics to learn how understanding the profile of Ontario’s museum visitors—where they are, who they are, and their motivations—can help museums make strategic decisions to build the size of their audience.

Our work as museums involves developing experiences that meet the needs of our communities and then promoting them effectively to reach a wide audience. How can we use data to better understand our current and potential audiences?

This free webinar is possible thanks to the support of Environics Analytics and collaboration with George Brown College’s Professor Karen Sinotte.

This free webinar is provided as a benefit to members of the OMA.
Not yet a member? Find out more HERE.
Register HERE
Digital Museums Canada (DMC)
Call for Proposals closes December 1, 2022

DMC provides Canadian museums and heritage organizations with funding and support to create incredible online experiences for their current and future audiences. Starting today, eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $250,000 in investment funding for digital projects.
DMC is the largest national investment program dedicated to supporting digital projects developed by Canadian museum and heritage organizations, such as virtual exhibits and tours, web-based games and educational resources, and more.
Museums and heritage organizations can access one of three investment streams:
o   Small investment: $15,000
o   Medium investment: $50,000 to $150,000
o   Large investment: $150,000 to $250,000
To date, DMC has invested more than $15 million into more than 200 digital projects. Along with funding, DMC offers expert guidance in digital accessibility, user experience, and inclusive design.
The 2022 Call for proposals closes on December 1, 2022.

Read more HERE.

Digital Access to Heritage -
Museums Assistance Program

Department of Canadian Heritage

Deadline: September 1, 2022

The Digital Access to Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) provides funding to heritage organizations to digitize collections, develop digital content and build their capacity in these areas. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.

Read more HERE.
Read the Application Guidelines HERE.

At the OMA
Ontario Election 2022
Engage your MPP today!

With the election decided, now is the time to build and strengthen relationships with the new government. This presents a renewed opportunity for the OMA, and museums, to advocate for access to adequate and stabilizing government support with increased provincial operating funding for our community museums. The OMA will continue to advocate on behalf of Ontario museums to our new government at Queen's Park -- including with letters of congratulations that reiterate the priorities of our sector.

Add your voice:

1. Send a letter of congratulations to your MPP. 
2. Follow MPPs on social media. 
  • The OMA has compiled a Twitter list of elected MPP accounts - for reference.
Learn more about Ontario provincial election results HERE.
#OMAConf2022 Call for Proposals Now Open
Proposals are Due by June 27!

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.
You can be a speaker in-person or online!
Monday, November 7, 2022 at the Hamilton Convention Centre
Monday, November 21, 2022 online
Proposals must be submitted using the online form by Monday, June 27, 2022.

Download Call for Proposals
#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! Registration is now open!

Early-bird Rates – register now and save!

Register now and save!
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
Register now and save!
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.

Tradeshow and Partnership
In-person tradeshow is back in Hamilton on Monday, November 7, 2022!

Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the museum field by partnering with the only conference dedicated to Ontario museums. Contact to discuss your OMA tradeshow partnership package.
External Resources
Webinar: How to build a case for your nonprofit to invest in technology
Ontario Nonprofit Network

Online webinar
Tuesday June 28, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

This webinar will review some of the important building blocks to create a compelling, results-focused internal business case to justify a technology purchase. All registered participants will receive a recording, slide deck, and curated list of resources. This workshop is free for all current ONN members. Speaker: Kevin Christopher-George of GreenMerits Consulting Inc.

Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Strategies for
re-engaging and reconnecting in the arts

Business / Arts

Online webinar
Tuesday June 28, 2022
3:00pm - 4:15pm ET

This edition of Speaker Series, will bring attention to those who remain reluctant to return to the arts, and consider meaningful strategies for engaging these audiences. Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research will be sharing the latest findings of the Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS). The session will also feature a response panel with arts leaders from across the country.

Read more and register HERE.

ICOM Code of Ethics: New standards for Fundraising and Accessioning
International Council of Museums
The ICOM Ethics Committee (ETHCOM) has issued two new standards that complement the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums:
  • Standards on accessioning: “Museums have the duty to acquire, preserve and promote their collections as a contribution to safeguarding the natural, cultural and scientific heritage. Their collections are a significant public inheritance, have a special position in law and are protected by international legislation. Inherent in this public trust is the notion of stewardship that includes rightful ownership, provenance, permanence, documentation, accessibility and responsible disposal”
  • Standards on development of financial resources: "financial support refers to money raised by a museum from external sources including individuals, philanthropic organizations, foundations, businesses, and governmental bodies. In all circumstances, museums must comply with all applicable laws related to raising funds for its activities and should reference the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums as a cornerstone of all fundraising policies."
Read more HERE.
Podcast Episode: Centering Black and Indigenous Youth - Digging In with ONN
Ontario Nonprofit Network
Indigenous, Black and racialized youth are calling for accountability as part of centering Decent Work practices. In this episode, Shanese Anne Steele breaks down the systemic barriers faced by youth in the nonprofit sector, while also calling for accountability around efforts of decolonization. Episode transcript available.
Listen to the episode HERE.
Nations to Nations: Indigenous Voices
Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

Nations to Nations: Indigenous Voices at Library and Archives Canada is a free multimedia e-book featuring 28 essays and over 140 images. Indigenous staff at LAC wrote the essays to offer personal interpretations of collection items. This e-book provides unique perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation, and it shows the diversity of the histories, languages and cultures of Indigenous Peoples.

Image: Page from Heather Campbell’s essay “Inuktut Publications”

Read more HERE.

UNDRIP 2022 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Heritage Circle

The Indigenous Heritage Circle released a report in May 2022 exploring how Canada’s implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) could help inform practices, policies, and legislation to better support Indigenous heritage. This report explores what Indigenous people would like to see as a result and what is necessary for them to fully participate in this discussion as equals. In addition to French and English versions of the report, summaries have been translated into three Indigenous languages.

Read more HERE.

Workshop Recording: Respectful Terminology -
Creating a National Framework

National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance

On May 2, 2022, NIKLA hosted Respectful Terminology--a national event that brought together over 400 individuals from across cultural memory communities (libraries, archives, museums, etc.)--to discuss current community projects with a similar goal of respectful terminology for all, and to discuss needs and goals of a national, Indigenous-led platform for respectful terminologies.

Watch the recording HERE.

In the Media
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Mays brings annual celebration of Canadian baseball
Art Gallery of Ontario installs first-ever public art commission “Couch Monster” by Brian Jungen
Stratford Perth Museum presents The Wingfield Series in a new outdoor theatre, the Player’s Backstage - begins July 3
Tillsonburg’s Annandale National Historic Site hosts Music on the Lawn concerts - begins June 26
Wellington County Museum & Archives part of Indigenous-led project to foster education & reconciliation in Wellington County
Glengarry Pioneer Museum hosts
Smith-In weekend (June 18 & 19) welcoming blacksmiths from Eastern Ontario and the United States
OMA Job Board
Education Programmer
Collingwood Museum,
Town of Collingwood

June 27, 2022
$26.89 per hour

Read more HERE.
Fundraising Coordinator
The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society

June 30, 2022
Contract - $35,000 to $40,000

Read more HERE.
Clarington Public Library, Museums & Archives

June 28, 2022
$31.07 to $38.72 per hour

Read more HERE.
 Ontario Museum Jobs
To access all OMA Job Board Listings, CLICK HERE

The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website. To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We celebrate the institutions and thousands of museum, gallery and heritage sector staff and volunteers whose skills, passion and commitment advance a strong museum sector for Ontario.
Thank you!
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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