Nov 15, New Deadline for Museums Assistance Program

Oct 18, 2022
October 18, 2022
Deadline extended to November 15 -
Museums Assistance Program (MAP)

Canadian Heritage funding opportunities

The MAP supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions. The MAP provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions through several components, and each has its own eligibility criteria:

Access to Heritage - Deadline: November 15, 2022

  • provides funding to heritage organizations for travelling exhibitions in Canada, and to promote access to heritage across different geographic regions.

Indigenous Heritage Deadline: November 15, 2022

  • provides funding for projects related to the preservation, management, and presentation of Indigenous cultural heritage in Canada.

Collections ManagementDeadline: November 15, 2022

  • provides funding for projects to improve knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

Exhibition Circulation Fund - Ongoing

  • assists museums with the costs related to the hosting of travelling exhibitions originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution and the borrowing of artefacts from any of the National museums of Canada.

For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit Museums Assistance Program page.

Apply Today!

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the Canadian Heritage Funding Portal (CHFP). To apply through the portal, you will need to complete a four-step online application process. If you have previously used the Portal, skip steps 2 and 3, as you will already have an Applicant Profile.

1. Sign in – Using a Partner Site (on-line banking) or Sign-in (or Register) Using GCKey

The User then sets up the Applicant Profile (about your organization) and registers the organization.  The User should be the Authorized Representative, someone with signing authority for your organization. The Authorized Representative will be considered the signatory on the application form.

3. Register your Organization (ONLY IF YOU ARE A NEW APPLICANT IN THE PORTAL)
To register your organization, you will need the following documents:

  • Proof of your organization’s legal status (letters patent/incorporation documents, partnership agreements, constitution, bylaws or other recognized documentation).
  • Direct Deposit Enrollment Form, stamped by a financial institution or accompanied by one supporting document (a void cheque, banking letter, or management letter).  Direct Deposit Enrollment Forms can be downloaded from the portal.
4. Submit an Online Application Form
Submit an Online Application through the Canadian Heritage Funding Portal:
  • Select which MAP component you will be applying for
  • Each component has its own list of required documents to be submitted with the application
  • Some Components are on page 2 of Funding opportunities
Applicants are encouraged to contact a program advisor to discuss their project before they apply.

Contact Canadian Heritage:
In English:
Bruce Borysiuk 
Sarah Hill 
Yun (Lorenzo) Li 
In French or English:
Roger Brathwaite 
Jessie Larabie 

For further information:
Contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage
Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
Telephone: 1-866-811-0055
TTY (Teletype for the hearing impaired): 1-888-997-3123
OMA Online Annual General Meeting

The Ontario Museum Association will hold its 2022 Annual General Meeting virtually on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 

Members can participate by registering HERE.
Please find the following AGM documents HERE:

  • AGM Agenda 
  • 2021 AGM Minutes
  • Audited Summary Financial Statements 2021-2022
  • Council Nominations Slate
  • Call for Members of the 2023 Nominations Committee
  • AGM Motion Form
  • AGM Proxy Form

Read more about the OMA's Annual General Meeting HERE

Register Today!
Call for Members for the 2023 Nominations Committee
The OMA is calling for nominations for up to three individual OMA members in good standing who would be interested and willing to serve as members of the 2023 Nominations Committee to be elected by members at the AGM. Please fill out the Nominations form by Friday October 21, 2022 and send it to

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