$25.7 million of new funding for the museum sector
June 20, 2020
Global Korean Post
As the culture and heritage industry continues to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada continues its efforts to support affected organizations that still face significant challenges and financial pressures.
The Government of Canada is announcing an emergency investment of $25.7 million to help these organizations maintain essential services and be ready to reopen their doors to the public once precautionary measures are lifted.
Canada’s six national museums (Crown corporations)—the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the National Battlefields Commission (a government agency)—are important cultural and historical institutions.
COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: Implementation of Phase 2
Minister Guilbeault also confirmed the implementation of the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, launched in May 2020. This $500-million fund is being used to maintain jobs and support the business continuity of organizations impacted by the crisis.
To expedite the funding distribution, the government is implementing the Fund in two phases. Phase 1, which is currently underway, included the timely provision of funding to existing recipients of Canadian Heritage assistance.
The government is now ready to launch the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Heritage Organizations. This component provides $53 million in support to organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program. Eligible not-for-profit organizations such as museums, archives, historic sites, Indigenous organizations, official-language minority communities, or municipal and university museums with separate budgets, will now be able to apply for funding.
More information about the next component of Phase 2 will be announced shortly.