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COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Heritage Organizations

Did you know that you might be eligible to receive between $1,000 and $100,000 from the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Heritage Organizations?

Not-for-profit organizations with heritage collections* that require emergency assistance and meet the Fund’s eligibility criteria can receive between $1,000 and $100,000. For your application to be considered, you simply need to meet eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package.

…and the Fund is not only for museums, archives, and historic sites

Indigenous and official-language minority community organizations that care for heritage collections* are also encouraged to apply. Municipal and university museums that have a distinct budget may also be eligible.

…and the Fund is now accepting applications from organizations with annual budgets as low as $2,000

The Fund is open to a range of applicants, including small, volunteer-run organizations that operate seasonally.

…and you don’t need a specific project to apply

It’s understood that all applications submitted have the same purpose, that is to use the financial assistance to support your operating costs during these difficult times to allow for the continuous care of your heritage collections*.

….and you can apply online now!

The Fund closes September 1, 2020, but funds are limited, and groups are encouraged to apply online now. Applications will be processed in batches as they are received.

* For the purpose of this funding, a heritage collection is a collection of historical works, artefacts, archival material or Indigenous cultural heritage and belongings under the care of a heritage organization, such as a history museum, art museum, archive, historic site or Indigenous organization.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Heritage Organizations, is administered by the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) at the Department of Canadian Heritage.

For more information, please contact our support team at the Department of Canadian Heritage:
[email protected]


Community Cultural Action Fund (Department of Canadian Heritage)

Funding Application
The application form for funding and all required documents have to be sent by email to:
[email protected].

Only the signature page must be scanned. If you are unable to email your application, please contact your program officer. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Please submit your applications by April 6, 2020.

Please note that the service standards for the Community Cultural Action Fund sub-component are 20 weeks as of the program's deadline provided we receive your funding application, duly completed as per the program's requirements.

Any project expenses incurred after the application is received by the Department are eligible. However, the Department of Canadian Heritage takes no responsibility for contractual commitments entered into or incurred expenses before confirmation of support from the Department. If you enter into such commitments, you do so at your own risk.

Multi-Year Funding
A multi-year funding application may be submitted over two fiscal years ending March 31, 2022. The Department maintains sole discretion of multi-year funding decisions.

Single Form
The same form is used for all program sub-components. When completing your application, please select the Community Cultural Action Fund subcomponent. You must download and save the PDF form to a computer before filling it out. You will find the download information at Annex C. If you have any problems with the form, please contact your program officer as soon as possible.

Incomplete Application
A complete application must include a completed application form signed by an authorized signatory and all required documents.

Your application will be reviewed; if your application is incomplete, you will be notified by email and granted 10 business days to provide the Department with any missing information or documents. If you fail to comply, your application will be rejected.

Acknowledgement of Funding
Acknowledgement of public funding from the Government of Canada is a condition of payment for a grant or contribution. Please consult the Government of Canada’s Guide on the public acknowledgement of financial support to understand your obligations.

Expected Results
The Government of Canada, in its results-based approach, is particularly focused on results for Canadians. In this call for proposals, special attention will be given to the expected results for the Canadian population.

Please ensure that your objectives, results and activities are clear and indicate how they will be measured by identifying the following:

1. What changes or results are you trying to achieve?

2. What activities will be undertaken to achieve anticipated changes or results?

3. To measure if the objectives have been achieved or if you have made progress towards achieving them, please indicate:

a. What methods will be used; and

b. What targets must be met in order to provide a tangible indication of the success of the project?

Results and its indicators must be:

· Specific: explains the change, the target group, the region;

· Measurable: quantifiable using indicators and targets;

· Achievable: realistically achievable within the proposed timeframe;

· Relevant: meets the needs of the specific situation and is linked to the activities.