This ministry provides annual operating grants to eligible community museums across Ontario. These museums contribute to their communities’ economic well-being as employers and tourist attractions, attracting over 2,300,000 visitors per year. This support strengthens their role in their communities as custodians and interpreters of the province’s irreplaceable heritage collections. Museums that receive this support are required to meet the criteria established in Regulation 877, “Grants for Museums” under the Ontario Heritage Act and this ministry’s Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.
The application period for 2016-17 is now closed. The application period for 2017-18 will open in Spring 2017-18.
The Community Museum Operating and Pay Equity Grants are distributed to recipients operating a year-round or seasonal museum in accordance with Regulation 877, “Grants for Museums” under the Ontario Heritage Actand this ministry’s Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.
In 2016-17, only museums funded in 2015-16 will be eligible to apply for funding.