Museums Assistance Program Accepting Applications

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for emergency assistance through the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations.  This assistance will help organizations care for their heritage collections during these exceptional circumstances.


The COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage is meant to complement economic measures already announced by the Government of Canada, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Business Account and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses.


Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $5,000 and $100,000 in emergency support.


To expedite funding requests, the Department has created a simplified online application process. For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations. While the deadline to apply is September 1, 2020, applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.