Nokomis & District Museum

COVID-19 Relief Emergency Funding Deadline Extended - Sept. 11

Posted by Em Ironstar on August 24th, 2020

The Department of Canadian Heritage has extended the deadline for MAP-based COVID-19  emergency  funding. The new deadline is September 11, 2020. Funds are limited, so be sure to submit your application through the funding portal soon.  Not-for-profit organizations that meet the eligibility criteria can receive between $1,000 and $100,000.  Details can be found on the  government’s website

We encourage especially the small museums not to wait - submit your application through the funding portal . We’ve heard very positive feedback that it’s easy to use. And remember: you don’t need to be open or to have a specific project in order to be eligible for this financial aid. 

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. Have you applied?  Share your  experience  with us at

If you have questions related to using the portal, consult the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations Portal User Guide. You can also reach out to the Client Contact Centre of the Department of Canadian Heritage via 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free) or Agents are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Please note: that the program was previously updated to accept applications from small museums with budgets between $2,000 and $10,000, also museums that are ineligible for the regular MAP funding are eligible for this emergency funding even if they have no regular paid staff or are only open seasonally.

On August 20th, the BC Museums Association, Alberta Museums Association, Yukon Historical & Museums Association, and Colleen Craig of Canadian Heritage for the co-hosted webinar, COVID-19 Relief: Museum Assistance Program Funding Q & A. In this talk, Colleen walked participants through the COVID-19 relief funding, how to apply, and answer questions about the process and funding. You can view a recording of the webinar on YouTube here, it will help answer any questions you may have about applying. 

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