Association of Manitoba Museums

Grants Available

Here is information about grants available to museums. While every effort is made to keep this information as current and complete as possible, it is not exhaustive, and addresses and criteria change frequently. Please contact the granting agencies directly for current information.


Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage

Community Places Program

Objective: The Community Places Program (CPP) provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition projects. Eligible projects are those which provide sustainable recreation and wellness benefits to communities.

Non-profit community organizations can apply to the Program for up to 50% of the first $15,000 of project costs and up to 1/3 of project costs over that amount. The maximum grant is $50,000.  

Please visit the Community Places website for information on intake deadlines, etc.

Heritage Grants Program

Objective: The Heritage Grants Program has been developed to assist Manitobans in identifying, protecting and interpreting the province's human and natural heritage.

Deadlines: Deadlines for applications are January 31 and June 1 of each year.

Who can apply? Application for funding under this program is open to any not-for-profit, incorporated community organization, local government, university or First Nation seeking to identify, protect or interpret Manitoba's human and natural heritage. The organization must have been in existence for at least one year.

Individuals or unincorporated groups may apply under the endorsement of an eligible organization. The organization endorsing the applicant must provide a letter of support for the project. The results of the project must be publicly accessible on a non-for-profit basis.

What is the funding formula? Not-for-profit community organizations can apply to the Heritage Grants Program for up to 50% of the total project expenses (including donated labour, materials and equipment) and may not exceed the total cost of purchased labour, materials and equipment

Community Museums Grants

Objective: Provides support for facilities that serve to protect and interpret Manitoba's heritage resources

Deadline:  June 1

Designated Heritage Building Grants

Objective: Assists owners of provincially and municipally designated heritage buildings in the restoration, stabilization, preservation, or rehabilitation of these buildings

Hometown Manitoba

Objective: Hometown Manitoba is a program under the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) that provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local communities, organizations, cooperatives and businesses that enhance public places and building exteriors. The program also aims to promote unique identities and themes that define a community.

Supporting rural and northern communities to enhance “main street” public places and building exteriors.

Sustainable Development Innovations Fund

Objective: The SDIF supports innovative projects, activities, research and developments that further the sustainability of Manitoba’s environment, economy, human health and social well-being, and support sustainable economic growth.

Subventions Francofonds

Les organismes communautaires à but non lucratif qui sont engagés à la communauté francophone au Manitoba ou les auteurs/artistes/compositeurs francophones qui sont engagés à la communauté francophone au Manitoba peuvent présenter une demande de subvention à Francofonds.

Les critères d’admissibilité et d’éligibilité sont inclus dans le Guide du requérant ci-dessous.

Les requérants doivent remplir le formulaire de demande ci-dessous et le remettre à Francofonds au plus tard le 15 septembre annuellement (cachet de poste faisant la foi). Seulement le formulaire officiel en cours sera accepté.

Si une subvention est accordée, un rapport d’évaluation de projet doit être remis à Francofonds dans les deux mois suivant la complétion du projet.

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Canada 150 Funding 

Whether you’re part of an organization, a community, a business, or are an individual, there are countless ways to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The Canada 150 Fund

Apply for funding to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

Community Infrastructure Funding

Apply for funding under this new program.

Canadian Heritage Funding Opportunities

Museums Assistance Program

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

  • facilitate Canadians’ access to our heritage;
  • foster the preservation of Canada’s cultural heritage, including the preservation of representative collections of Aboriginal cultural heritage; and
  • foster professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Objective: The CCSF seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays. The Fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment as well as conducting feasibility studies.

Canada Cultural Investment Fund

Objective: Over the long-term, projects supported through the Canada Cultural Investment Fund are intended to contribute to the organizational, administrative and financial health of arts and heritage organizations. This is achieved through support for initiatives intended to diversify revenue streams, strengthen management capacities and ensure that arts and heritage organizations are supported in their communities for the contribution they make. The program has four components that work together in achieving these objectives: Endowment Incentives, Cultural Capitals of Canada, Strategic Initiatives and Limited Support to Endangered Arts Organizations.

Celebrate Canada! Program

Objective: Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Objective: The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.

Virtual Exhibits Investment Program

Objective: Through the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, develop online exhibits, interactive resources and other educational resources that engage online audiences in Canada's history and heritage.

Community Memories

Objective: Community Memories is an investment program that enables small community museums to develop online local history exhibits to share with all Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).

The objectives of Community Memories are to:

  •     tell the stories of Canada’s communities and make them accessible to all Canadians;
  •     strengthen the capacity of Canada’s community museums to create digital content for use on the Web;
  •     increase the Web presence of Canada’s community museums;
  •     stimulate community/museum partnerships in the development of online local history exhibits; and
  •     engage Canadians in sharing their personal heritage with others.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

Objective: Young Canada Works provides career opportunities for youth and solutions for Canadian employers by supporting summer job programs for students and internship programs for unemployed or underemployed college and university graduates.