Grant Name: Reopening fund for heritage organizations – Museum Assistance Program


Currently Closed



Closing Date: November 29, 2021

The application period is now closed.

All applications were due November 29, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)


The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections in Canada. The Program provides financial assistance to Canadian museums and related institutions for activities that:

  • facilitate Canadians’ access to our heritage.
  • foster the preservation of Canada’s diverse and rich cultural heritage (other than built heritage), including representative collections of Indigenous cultural heritage; and
  • foster professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

Expected long-term results:

  • Canada’s heritage is accessible to Canadians over time.


In recognition of the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) has temporarily modified eligibility criteria for this funding.

Both incorporated and unincorporated organizations and groups can apply.

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be:

  • a not-for-profit organization such as a museum, an archive, or a historic site (including those that operate seasonally and those without full-time staff);
  • an Indigenous organization or official language minority community organization; or,
  • a municipal or university museum with a distinct budget.

To be eligible, applicants must also:

  • manage a heritage collection
  • provide public access through regular hours of operation (including on a part-time or seasonal basis); and,
  • have had annual expenses in 2019 (or your last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year) between $2,000 and $3,000,000.

How to Apply?

Read these Application Guidelines in their entirety before completing your application.

You must meet all eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package to be considered for funding.

A complete application package includes the application form, the attestation, and the following supporting documents:

  • financial statements (audited if available) from 2019 or the last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year;
  • proof of legal status (letters patent or other incorporation documents), or in the case of an unincorporated group, a completed Unincorporated Applicant Acceptance of Responsibility Form;
  • proof of signing authority as the authorized representative (bylaws, constitution, board resolution, attestation, letter, or other document); and,
  • direct deposit enrollment information (void cheque and completed Direct Deposit Enrollment form stamped by your financial institution), unless an account is already set-up with the Department of Canadian Heritage for which no changes are required.

Funding Amount

Determined based on individual application

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