Sask museums

Funding Opportunities

Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan

Heritage Partnership Fund:

A process for member organizations of the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan to apply for money to Help Heritage Happen in your community.

Three grants are available for a maximum of $1,500 each and the fourth if for a maximum $200. Approval of grants is subject to availability of funds. That means there's a pool of funds set aside for each of the four grants.

Visit the website at or call the office at 359-0933 or at 1-877-903-0933 toll free.

Heritage Site Consultant Report Grant (Max. $1,500)
Success with any conservation project depends of its viability. AHS supports conversation through providing grants for professional services like structural analysis, architectural design, legal consultation, and construction cost analysis to enhance the opportunity for community leaders to more accurately gauge the feasibility cost, and methodology for site conservation and re-use.

Heritage Forums Grant (Max. $1,500)
This matching grant program is intended to help community-based organizations that are members of the Society to defray coasts of hosting conferences, presentations, panel discussions, seminars, workshops, award ceremonies, and other educational forums that encourage or empower people of the community or province to acknowledge, preserve and/or promote their built historic and cultural heritage.

Heritage Publications Grant (Max. $1,500)
This matching grant is intended to help community-based member organizations to defray the cost of printing materials that promote public interest in membership, local programs and activities.

Heritage Communications Grant (Max. $200)
This matching grant is intended to help the Society's community-based member organizations to defray the cost of printing brochures or programs that promote public participation in local forums like conferences, presentations, panel discussions, seminars, workshops, award ceremonies, walking tours, and other educational forums that encourage or empower people of the community or province to acknowledge, preserve and/or promote their built historic and cultural heritage.

Canadian Heritage

2012 Diamond Jubilee Community Celebrations Funding

In 2012, Canada will mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada. To celebrate this Diamond Jubilee, the Department of Canadian Heritage is making available funding for community celebrations.

Celebrations will provided Canadians will opportunities to:

  • mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty The Queen as Queen of Canada;
  • celebrate those Canadians, who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service, to family, community and country;
  • celebrate the role of the Crown in Canada as well as our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions;
  • highlight how Canada has evolved over the past 60 years under Her Majesty's reign and look to the future of our nation; and
  • enable Canadians to participate in celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and belonging to Canada.

Two application deadlines have been established:
October 31, 2011 for activities that take place between February 4, 2012 and August 31, 2012
The second for activities that will take place between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. This call will be issued in the spring of 2012.

Please visit the website for more information: 2012 Diamond Jubilee Community Celebrations


Community Anniversaries

Deadline: April 1 (for events starting between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013)

For more information please visit:


Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Funding Opportunities -Deadline:  September 30, 2012 for all components

Service Delivery Standards for this funding program.  

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 activities, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.

Eligible events and activities must be local - created by and for your community. They must be open and accessible to the public and strongly encourage and promote the participation of everyone in your community.

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program delivers its funding through three separate components. The components are administered independently and have separate guidelines and application forms. Refer to the guidelines and application forms that correspond to the component to which you are applying.

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CCIF Strategic Initiatives Fund

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund (CCIF) launches a new call for proposals for its Strategic Initiatives component. Arts and heritage organizations now have until October 9, 2012 to submit proposals for projects with activities starting after October 1, 2013.

Since 2010-2011, Strategic Initiatives, one of the four components of the CCIF, has provided not-for-profit cultural organizations with financial support to help them become better rooted in their communities. These projects are intended to help them to be better equipped with tools to strengthen their management abilities, harness new technologies and diversify their revenues.

For more information on the component's objectives, eligibility criteria and forms, please visit or contact a CCIF program officer at 1-866-811-0055 or at

Deadline: October 9, 2012


Cultural Spaces Canada program

As part of the overall stimulus package, the Federal Government announced in the 2009 budget an additional $60 million over the next two years (2009-2010 and 2010-2011) for the Cultural Spaces Canada (CSC) program. We encourage museums to take advantage of this new infusion of funding.

Cultural Spaces Canada supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment as well as conducting feasibility studies.

Heritage institutions can also apply for this funding to help them improve their facilities and invest in specialized equipment such as lighting systems, environmental control systems, storage systems, security upgrading and fire safety upgrading.

New to the program is a temporary increase in funding levels of support that can reach up to 50 percent of total eligible costs. This is up from previous support of 33 to 40 percent. Applications can be submitted anytime throughout the year.

Priority will be given to projects that clearly help stimulate the economy by creating jobs and offer long-term economic benefits. Museums adhere to these priorities, as they are important economic engines and creators of high quality jobs in communities across the country.

If you are interested in applying for funding you must contact a CSC Program Advisor at the Department of Canadian Heritage in your regional office before submitting an application.

A list of these offices can be found here:

Guidelines and application forms are now available on the Canadian Heritage website: 


Museums Assistance Program

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that support federal objectives for museums to ensure that Canadians have access to and experience Canada's diverse cultural heritage.

The deadline has been extended to November 1, 2012.

Organizations are strongly advised to discuss their project prior to submitting an application to ensure eligibility and best fit.  For Saskatchewan organizations, the Program Officer to contact is:

Kate Johnson
Program Officer-Museums Assistance Program | Agente de programme-Programme
d'aide aux musées
Department of Canadian Heritage | Ministère du Patrimoine Canadien
1975 Scarth Street, 4th Floor | 1975, rue Scarth, 4e étage
Regina (SK)     S4P 2H1
tel: 306 780-7656
fax: 306 780-6630
Teletypewriter (toll-free) 1-888-997-3123 | Téléimprimeur (sans frais)
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada


The War of 1812

The 1812 Commemoration Fund is a three-year funding initiative created under the Department of Canadian Heritage to support community-based projects related to the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. The goal of the 1812 Commemoration Fund is to foster greater awareness and understanding among Canadians of the importance of the War of 1812 in our history.

Also, the Department of Canadian Heritage can support a wide-range of projects, including commemorative events and ceremonies, learning materials, exhibits, historical re-enactments, interpretive programming and tours, festivals, plaques and monuments, documentary films, educational websites, interactive new media content, theatrical and musical performances, artwork and research projects.

If you are interested in applying for funding, contact a program officer at the Secretariat to discuss your project idea. Visit their website for more information: Canadian Heritage Website .

Canadian Heritage Information Network Get Investment Programs

The VMC Investment Programs support the efforts of museums to create engaging online content through strategic investments. 

CHIN operates two investment programs that enable CHIN member institutions to develop Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) content. This content includes virtual exhibits, interactive resource, community-based productions, and other education resources in both English and French.

There are two investment programs:

*CHIN has recently announced a call for proposals for the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program. The deadline is November 16, 2011 at 5 pm Eastern Time. The next Call for Proposals for the Community Memories Program will be issued on February 16, 2012.*

For more information, please click on the following link: Get Investment

Canadian Museums Association

Preserving Canadian Treasures

Preserving Canadian Treasures is a funding program to assist small museums with collections conservation and preservation.

With the generous support of Dr.Yosef Wosk, a philanthropist and museum trustee in British Columbia, the CMA is pleased to offer nine (9) grants of up to $1,000 each to undertake projects to conserve and preserve either an artifact or a collection of importance. Applications will be reviewed by a special CMA committee. Recipients are required to send a brief written report on the project within six (6) months of funding receipt.

This program is open to any small museum, gallery or related institution for the purpose of undertaking a special preservation or conservation project, with a budget between $500 and $1000. Necessary equipment is eligible. Funds may not be used for deficits/debt retirement, purchase of artefacts or ongoing operations. If successful, the recipient may not re-apply for three (3) years.

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Criteria and application information is available on the CMA website:


Travel Bursaries for museum professional development

The Canadian Museums Association Travel Bursaries are available to assist museum professionals (including volunteers) to attend professional development activities. For more details on the CMA Bursary Program, please visit CMA website at, and click on “Bursary Program”, under “Funds” or contact Véronique Chikuru at (613) 567-0099 ext 228.
Update: The new deadline for applications is three weeks prior to the event. There is a dollar limit for each event; don't wait to apply.
Please note: This is not a MAS-directed program.  Any inquiries should be directed to CMA contact noted above. 


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Government of Canada

New Horizons for Seniors Program - Community-Based Projects Funding

The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides funding for community projects that are inspired or led by seniors.

Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and must address one or more of the program's five objectives:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Applications are not being accepted at this time. The previous call for proposals had a deadline of June 14, 2012. We will notify you of future deadlines. Please check back. 

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Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund supports community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, remove barriers, and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities.

Calls are now closed and applications are not being accepted at this time. The previous call for proposals was due September 23, 2011. We will notify you when a call for proposal opens. Please check back.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) was initially announced in Budget 2007 to improve accessibility in communities by contributing to the capital costs of construction and renovations related to physical accessibility for persons with disabilities. Budget 2010 built on the success of this program by extending the EAF and providing an additional $45,000,000 over three years.
The objective of the EAF is to support community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, reduce barriers and enable Canadians, regardless of physical ability, to participate in and contribute to their community and the economy.

For more information please visit:

Government of Saskatchewan

Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)

CIF Background

The CIF was created by the provincial government to ensure that Saskatchewan communities received tangible benefits from casino profits.  The CIF receives a portion of profits from the Regina and Moose Jaw casinos.  The Fund is managed by an arms-length government-appointed Board.  Board members all have extensive experience as community volunteers.

Community Vitality Program - Deadlines October 1 and April 1 each year.

Through this new program announced in May 2010, the Community Initiatives Fund will allocate $9 million over three years to support community projects and initiatives that will have a lasting impact on the economic, social and cultural aspects of community life in Saskatchewan.

The program was developed in response to consultations and community surveys conducted over the past two years that identified several challenges at the local community level.  The goal of the Community Vitality Program is to respond to those challenges and to assist communities to remain vibrant places to live.  The new program will support small capital projects that improve the quality, accessibility and use of facilities in communities across the province.  The program will also support projects and events that build community pride, encourage volunteerism and community involvement and engage Aboriginal and young people as leaders in community activities.

Grants are available to Saskatchewan charitable and non-profit organizations, and to municipalities, health regions, schools or school divisions applying on behalf of community-led projects and initiatives.  In particular, youth groups, Aboriginal groups, smaller, rural and northern communities are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be received October 1 and April 1 each year.  All final grant decisions are made at arms-length from Government by the Community Initiatives Fund Board.

CIF grant program inquiries can be directed to:

Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)           Community Vitality Program Guidelines
1870 Lorne Street
Attention: Rhonda Newton                     
PH:  (306) 780-9308
FX: (306) 781-6021


Francophone Community Infrastructure Fund (FCIF)

FCIF wil provide $100,000 annually for capital projects that:

  • enhance access to, and promote francophone culture and the French language;
  • enhance the quality and use of francophone community facilities; and
  • create greater opportunities to hold events that support cultural vitality
The application deadline for the 2012-13 fiscal year is June 22.

For more information please visit:

Parks Canada

National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program

*The previous deadline was November 1, 2011 for projects taking place between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. We will notify you of upcoming calls for applications. Please check back.

Information about the program:

Parks Canada recognizes the need to support, maintain and improve the health and wholeness (the commemorative integrity) of national historic sites of Canada. This role is an integral part of their mandate, which includes protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada's cultural heritage.

The National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program whereby up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site, are paid to the site owner in the form of reimbursements. Eligible recipients are incorporated not-for-profit organizations, other levels of government, and not-for-profit aboriginal organizations.

Projects eligible for funding include those intended to develop technical and planning documents agreed by Parks Canada as necessary to ensure the site's commemorative integrity, and conservation projects to preserve, rehabilitate and/or restore components of a national historic site in order to ensure its commemorative integrity. Conservation projects may also include the development and implementation of presentation projects that focus on communicating to the public the reasons for designation as a national historic site.

Applications for financial assistance will be assessed according to established criteria. Please note that funding is limited.

For further information, please contact the Program Office for the National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program:

Planning and Programs Branch, National Historic Sites Directorate, Parks Canada
25 Eddy Street (25-5-Q), Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0M5
Phone: 1-866-377-1947
Fax: 819-953-4909

Royal Bank of Canada

General Funding Program and the Emerging Artists Grant Program

The Royal Bank of Canada is dedicated to working with charitable organizations that share its goal to help make a difference in local communities and regions where it does business. Currently, it is accepting applications for its General Funding Program and the Emerging Artists Grant Program. For more information, visit

Saskatchewan Arts Board


ArtsSmarts Saskatchewan offers arts and education grants of up to $7,500 to schools, artists and community partnerships for innovative projects in any art form that bring K-12 students and professional artists together. Projects must take place between January 1 and June 30.

Deadline: November 1

For more information please visit:


Creative Partnerships

This new program replaces the former artist-in-residence program and offers two grant opportunities:

  • a planning phase called Explorations ($7,500)

    Various types of communities are encouraged to form a partnership with a Saskatchewan artist in order to collaboratively explore, assess and plan for cultural and creative opportunities. This grant is a first step for a community or organization wanting to assess needs and plan for cultural development.

    Eligible applicants include communities, non-profit organizations, incorporated for-profit companies, school divisions, band schools, other educational institutions, health care or justice facilities, incorporated municipalities, First Nations and Métis.

For more information please visit the Partnership Exploration Grant portion of the website.

Deadline: November 15

  • a full-year residency called Innovations ($35,000).

    The Creative Partnerships Innovations program assists communities, institutions, work places, school divisions and band schools to form a partnership with a professional artist in any discipline to collaboratively engage the community in innovative activity in the arts.

    These grants also create opportunities that increase access to artistic and cultural activity.

For more information please visit the Partnership Innovation Grant portion of the website.

Deadline: May 15


Culture on the Go

The new Culture on the Go pilot program, a partnership between the Arts Board and the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, will help make it possible for Saskatchewan artists to further their careers and share their art, music or performances with people in our province and beyond.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

For more information please visit:


Francophone Grant Program

This is a new grant program that provides Francophone artists, arts organizations and groups with funds to support the development of artist practices, and to engage artists and communities in diverse artistic activities.

The three streams are the program are Independent Artists, Project, and Touring grants.

Deadline: October 15, 2011

For more information please visit:


Gallery Grant Program

The Gallery Grant Program is funding directed to supplement the Professional Arts Organizations Program administered through the Saskatchewan Arts Board.  The program offers annual and multi-year grants to support artistic programs and services, governance, management, administrative and operational functions of eligible professional arts organization in their artists.

Deadline: Annual - November 2, Multi-year - November 16


Professional Arts Organizations Program

The Professional Arts Organizations Program supports and strengthens professional arts organizations in the province through grants that contribute to the costs of the organization's programs, services, governance, management, administrative and operational fuctions.

Deadline: Annual: November 1

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Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Artists Awards Program

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Artists Awards Program provides financial assistance to Saskatchewan artists to create or develop new work or work in progress.

Four awards of up to $2,500 each are available as follows:

  • Award for an emerging professional literary artist who is working on an adult or children’s fiction book, or an art or photography book
  • Award for an emerging professional female artist who is working in the visual arts
  • Award for an emerging professional artist who is working in the visual arts
  • Award for an emerging or established professional artist who is a resident of Regina and is working in music, theatre or the visual arts. 

Deadline: November 15, 2011

For more information please visit:


Museum Grant Program: December 2

The Museum Grant Program provides three streams of operational support to qualifying museums throughout the province.The three funding streams are representative of the varying levels of development found in Saskatchewan Museums. First-time applicants are eligible for Stream One funding. Museums are encouraged to apply for annual funding through the Museum Grant Program (MGP).

Guidelines & Forms

MGP Guidelines

MGP Stream I Application Form

MGP Stream II Application Form

MGP Stream III Application Form


In 2008, SaskCulture completed a comprehensive funding review which recommended SaskCulture  take back the administration of all third party funding, such as the MGP. As a result, the Museum Grant Program is now administered directly through SaskCulture.

Visit SaskCulture's MGP Web-page for MGP objectives, criteria, eligibility & application assistance if your museum has not applied previously to the Museums Grant Program.


Paul Gingras
Organizational Outreach and Development Coordinator

(306) 780 - 9813

Fax: (306) 780-9252


Capacity Building Grant

Deadlines: May 7 & October 15

The Capacity Building Grant (CBG) program aims to increase the capacity of organizations to respond to emerging needs in the cultural community and to support new initiatives/opportunities outside the current operations of the applicant.

The fund is not meant to supplement funds used for an organization's existing programming, and is intended to complement rather than replace or duplicate existing support to culture, and therefore is particularly targeted to areas not already funded by conventional support systems. 

Please visit SaskCulture's Capacity Building Grant Web-page for objectives, criteria, eligibility, guidelines & forms.

Other SaskCulture Funding:

Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant
Deadline: April 16, 2012

Municipal Cultural Engagement and Planning Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2013

Multicultural Initiatives Fund
Project & Annual - January 31, 2014

Metis Cultural Development Fund
Deadlines: April 30 & October 31

Student Summer Works
Deadlines: April 16, 2012

Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation

Heritage Conservation Grant Program

Deadlines: January 15 & August 15

The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation offers five assistance programs for projects that preserve or discover a piece of Saskatchewan’s heritage.  The five programs are based on the following types of projects: research, conservation, promotion and education, publications, and special projects.  For full details of the program, please click on the following link: Heritage Conservation Grant Program

Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund

The Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation was established in 1974 by Sask Sport Inc., pursuant to the Interprovincial Lotteries Act (1974), for the purpose of granting funds to eligible, non-profit volunteer organizations in the areas of sport, culture and recreation.

The Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation distributes Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds to eligible sport, culture and recreation organizations in Saskatchewan.  These eligible organizations are designated by the Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport.  These eligible organizations range from provincial sport, culture and recreation groups to Tribal Councils and First Nation Band Councils.  Today, there are over 1,200 groups which receive direct funding support and through them, more than 12,000 affiliated organizations receive some form of support.

The lottery-funded system for sport, culture and recreation, is delivered to the people of Saskatchewan through three important, independent community partners.   These "global" organizations -  Sask Sport, Inc., Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc. and SaskCulture, Inc. - collectively represent hundreds of community organizations and ensure that lottery proceeds benefit every community in the province.

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THEN/HIER  (The History Education Network)

 The History Education Network is offering up to 10 small grants annually to educational projects (up to $2500) involving various players in history education.
There are no deadlines. They will review proposals as they come. Here is the link:

University of Regina

Community Research Unit:

Community Research and Action Fund

Assists community organizations to:
a) Initiate a collaborative community-based research project, OR
b) Disseminate research results or put research outcomes into action at the community or organizational level.

Community organizations may apply for up to $3000 for a research or action project. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

To be eligible, your project must meet the following criteria:

  • the project will benefit a community of people, or be for the common good
  • the project is non-profit
  • the project is compatible with the mission, goals and principles of the CRU
  • the project is required to involve a university partner(s) (ex: faculty members or students).

Further eligibility criteria and application forms are available through the Community Research Unit at The CRU is happy to assist you in filling our your application, and finding a university partner. We strongly encourage you to contact CRU before submitting your application.

Contact: Yolanda Hansen, Coordinator of the Community Research Unity (CRU), CL 432, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2, (306) 585-4084,