Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations — Museums Assistance Program

On June 27, 2022, Canadian Heritage announced details of the new Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP) which continues the Department’s targeted support for organizations that are still facing significant financial challenges in the third year of the pandemic.

As proposed in Budget 2022, the Government of Canada is investing $50 million in 2022-2023 to provide additional targeted support measure to compensate Canadian arts, culture, and heritage organizations for revenue losses due to public health restrictions and capacity limits, and the hesitancy of audiences to return to in-person activities due to COVID-19. This funding will reinforce the substantial 2-year (2021-2022 and 2022-2023) $300 million Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Sectors and the $200 million Reopening Fund announced in Budget 2021.

Who can apply

In recognition of the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) has temporarily modified eligibility criteria for this funding.

Both incorporated and unincorporated organizations and groups can apply.

To be eligible for funding, your organization must meet 1 or more of the following requirements:

  • be a not-for-profit organization such as a museum, an archive, or a historic site (including those that operate seasonally and those without full-time staff)
  • be an Indigenous organization or official language minority community organization
  • be a municipal or university museum with a distinct budget

To be eligible, applicants must also meet all of the following requirements:

  • manage a heritage collection
  • provide public access through regular hours of operation (including on a part-time or seasonal basis)
  • have had annual expenses in 2019 (or your last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year) between $2,000 and $1,000,000

Application deadline

August 2, 2022, at 5 pm (ET)

How to apply

Applicants are required to:

  • read the Application guidelines in their entirety before completing their application
  • create or access a Canadian Heritage funding Portal account and apply online


Should you be unable to access the Portal or apply online for any reason, please contact our support team.

Contact us

Museums Assistance Program
Department of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy St
Gatineau QC  J8X 4B5

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET).

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