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. (Last updated August 1, 2019.)


Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage

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

Municipal Relations

Community Development

The Community Development Branch of Municipal Relations works to strengthen community planning and development in neighborhoods, communities and regions across Manitoba by co-ordinating delivery of programs and technical assistance to increase municipal and organizational capacity, assisting municipalities and community organizations in undertaking projects that provide long-term benefits to their communities and encouraging regional approaches.

The Branch provides single window services including capacity-building, advisory and consultative support of community-based and regional organizations and local government. It focuses staffing and on-line resources to assist organizations to be more self-sufficient, strengthen governance and enable improved outcomes including access to programs, grants and resources, in partnership with other departments and organizations.

The Branch also provides a single point of access for grant applications which will reduce red tape for the non-profit sector and that support community partnerships to build vibrant sustainable communities providing a high quality of life for Manitobans. Its Community Development Program consolidates funding and commitments to non-profit organizations and local governments for community development activities, emergency grants, and related partnership projects across Manitoba. The Community Development Program also supports youth employment through the delivery of the Green Team grants.

Renewing the Non-Profit Sector - The Manitoba government is developing a new strategy to build capacity and promote sustainability in the non-profit sector that will guide future provincial investments and inform transformation in community development programs. A new strategy will strengthen the non-profit sector, assisting individual organizations across Manitoba to be sustainable and successful and will ensure Manitoba's non-profit sector is best poised to deliver positive outcomes and increase philanthropy and charitable giving.

Building Sustainable Communities - helps build thriving sustainable communities that provide a high quality of life for Manitobans. The grant leverages investments in community development by local governments, non-profit organizations and others.



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

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

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

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

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 Stream

The Virtual Exhibits investment stream helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations develop online products that engage audiences of all ages, interests and abilities in Canada’s history, heritage and culture.

Community Stories Investment Stream

The Community Stories investment stream helps smaller Canadian museums and heritage organizations work with their communities to develop virtual exhibits that engage online audiences in the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

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.




Subventions Francofonds

Les bourses d’études et subventions de Francofonds

Bourses d’études

Les bourses d’études de Francofonds appuient des programmes d’études postsecondaire ou des programmes spécialisés qui sont entrepris par des gens engagés à la communauté francophone au Manitoba. Les requérants doivent présenter leur demande en ligne au plus tard le 15 septembre annuellement.

SVP, consultez le guide du requérant ci-dessous pour les critères d’admissibilité et d’éligibilité.

    Bourse d’études – Guide du requérant
    Formulaire de demande de bourse d’études en ligne


Les organismes communautaires à but non lucratif qui sont engagés à la communauté francophone et le français 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 requérants doivent présenter leur demande en ligne au plus tard le 15 septembre annuellement.

SVP, consultez le guide du requérant ci-dessous pour les critères d’admissibilité et d’éligibilité.

    Subventions – Guide du requérant
    Formulaire de demande de subvention en ligne

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The Winnipeg Foundation

Grant Programs

These grant programs accept applications from registered charities that serve our community.

Community Grants
Our main grants program supports a wide variety of community projects.

    One-Time Grants - Support for community projects (Less than $100,000).
    Multi-Year Grants - Program on pause for 2019.
    Major Capital Grants - Support for major capital projects ($100,000 and greater).

Special Grants Programs

    Camp and Summer Program Grants - Support for summer programming activities.
    Literacy for Life Grants - Support for intergenerational literacy programs.
    Professional Development Grants - Support for charitable organizations to access learning opportunities.
    Organizational Development Grants - help charitable organizations build their capacity for stability today and sustainability in the future.

For an overview of our grant programs (including application dates), download our Grant Programs at a Glance [PDF]


Local Community Foundations

Thomas Sill Foundation

The Thomas Sill Foundation provides grants throughout Manitoba.

Registered charities may obtain an application form by phoning or emailing the Foundation office, at which time a preliminary discussion will determine eligibility. Grants awarded may be capital, operating or project in nature. Successful applicants must wait two years before submitting another request.

There are no deadlines by which applications must be submitted.  The Foundation meets regularly to render decisions and attempts to process completed applications within two months of receipt of application.