Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Jun 30, 2022
We can't believe we're half-way through 2022! We thank all of our members and partners for their support! 

With many scheduled activities and a return to in-person events and fundraisers across Ontario museums, galleries and historic sites, we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable long-weekend! We look forward to engaging with you as 2022 continues!

As museum professionals we are entrusted with the role of helping our communities to connect to our histories. This year, let us continue our efforts to explore the totality of those histories. Let this July 1st be one of reflection, when we hold space for grief and rage and joy and hope, and we consider how to live out our ideals so that our work as museum professionals is ever more nuanced, inclusive, respectful, and complex.
Need to Know

Minister Rodriguez announces details of the Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program 
Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations — MAP

The Government of Canada is investing $50 million in 2022-2023 to provide additional targeted support measure to compensate Canadian arts, culture, and heritage organizations for revenue losses due to public health restrictions and capacity limits, and the hesitancy of audiences to return to in-person activities due to COVID-19. Application deadline is August 2, 2022.

Read more HERE.

Deadline Digest

August 2, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations, Canadian Heritage

August 3, 2022: Capital Grants, Ontario Trillium Foundation

August 31, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Canada-France Agreement, Canadian Heritage

August 31, 2022: Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations, Ontario Government

September 1, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage, Canadian Heritage

September 15, 2022Canada History Fund, Canadian Heritage

October 15, 2022: Local Festivals - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Canadian Heritage

December 7, 2022: Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Learn about ongoing funding opportunities HERE.


OTF 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. Applications open July 6, 2022.
Read more HERE.
Attend a webinar HERE.
Book a 15-minute coaching call HERE.


Canada-France Agreement - MAP
Department of Canadian Heritage

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Canada-France Agreement provides funding for joint missions between French and Canadian heritage organizations, to create ties and enhance competencies of museum professionals. Partnerships may relate to research on development and diversification of audiences.

Read more HERE.


Digital Access to Heritage - MAP
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.

Sector News
Niagara Parks Power Station attraction offers tourists never-before-seen views of
Niagara Falls

Starting July 1st, visitors to Niagara Parks Power Station will be able to experience Niagara Falls in a whole new way. The experience offers visitors a 670-metre-long journey through the tunnel leading to the portal where the water exited back into Niagara River. There, a viewing platform has been constructed, extending out into the river to provide never-before-seen panoramic views of Niagara Falls and the lower Niagara Gorge.

Read more HERE.

Royal Ontario Museum announces
$50-million gift

The ROM has announced a $50-million cash gift from the Hennick Family Foundation, the biggest cash donation in its history. The donation comes on the heels of the museum announcing its major new revisioning and branding strategy just weeks ago.

“We cannot think of a better way to support the revitalization of civic life in Toronto and Ontario than to support the Royal Ontario Museum’s new vision, which promises to transform iconic spaces and the way we experience art, culture and nature for generations to come,” said Barbara and Jay Hennick in a statement.

Read more HERE.

PD Opportunities
OMA Webinar Recordings Now Available

From Living History to Living the History
Held on February 1, 2022
Speakers: Katrina Pyke and Ellen Tayles-Armstrong from Pickering Museum Village, and Wendy Rowney from Black Creek Pioneer Village

Part of the Small Bytes: Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums initiative:

The Digital Strategy - Intention through Application
Held on April 29, 2022
Speakers: digital media expert, Corey Timpson and Mary-Katherine Whelan from Amherstburg Freedom Museum

Virtual School Programming - Decision Making for Small Museums
Held on May 25, 2022
Speakers: Christina Sydorko from Oil Museum of Canada, Karen Taylor from the Canadian Canoe Museum, and Michael Furdyk from Connected North

Asynchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop
Held on June 8, 2022
Speaker: Christina Sydorko from Oil Museum of Canada

Synchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop
Held on June 15, 2022
Speaker: Christina Sydorko from Oil Museum of Canada

Watch the Recordings
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 initiatives. 

Find out more about the initiative HERE.
#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.

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 membership@museumsontario.ca to discuss your OMA tradeshow partnership package.
In the Media
Aga Khan Museum presents a six-day celebration, "Rhythms of Canada Festival" - until July 3
Thunder Bay Art Gallery has two new summer exhibitions, “Woodland Pop!” and "I, Voyageur" - until September 25
Lambton Heritage Museum reno project focuses on exhibition space update
The Sault Ste. Marie Museum receives grant to start large-scale project, "Community Threads: Unmapping/Re-Weaving"
Murney Tower Museum opens its doors to a new exhibit through the summer

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre is hosting the travel exhibition “Ace Academy: Flight Experience" - May 7 to Nov. 26

What's On
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum hosts an art installation by artist Kai Chan, "In The Forest" - opens July 16
Hamilton Civic Museums present an interactive theatre experience, "A Knock at the Door" with Live History Theatre Group - July 22
Hutchison House Museum hosts Summer Workshops with weekly crafting and cooking activities - July 14 - August 25
Hamilton Civic Museums present "Shakespeare in the Park" with Tottering Biped Theatre after a two-year hiatus - August 22-26
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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.

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