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Community Museum Grants Program (CMGP)

Grants to Manitoba Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
Libraries, and Indian Bands to Operate Museums

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Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, Historic Resources Branch

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06/01/20 Postmarked or Hand Delivered


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Grants to Manitoba nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, Indian Bands, historical societies, and libraries to operate museums. Funding is intended to support programs that interpret and protect the province’s heritage resources. Eligible museums are open to the public during regular hours, and do not exist primarily for the purpose of conducting temporary exhibitions.

Program Objectives: 

  • To provide support for facilities that serve to protect and interpret Manitoba’s heritage resources. 
  • To improve the quality of museum collections and programs throughout Manitoba.
  • To encourage and support a balanced interpretation of Manitoba’s heritage.
  • To strengthen community identity and contribute to a sense of place and belonging in Manitobans throughout the province.
  • To facilitate the effective use of available resources through cooperation between Manitoba’s museums and related institutions and organizations.

Eligible museums may apply for operating funds in one of two levels. Museums must meet criteria for the appropriate level.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145824

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Level I grant is calculated as 90% of locally raised funds, up to the maximum for the level. Maximum funding for a Level I grant is: Up to $1,350.

The Level II grant is also calculated as 90% of locally raised funds, up to 45% of normal operating expenses, or the maximum for the level. Maximum funding for a Level II grant is: Up to $3,150.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Community Museum Grant, an institution must:
- Have a clearly defined Statement of Purpose (see section 7.1 of the guidelines)
- Have been open to the public the previous year for a minimum number of days and a specified number of hours; (see section 4.0 of the guidelines)
- Have a governing authority (board, council, committee) solely responsible for its management and with clear reporting lines to the public
- Be a nonprofit corporation or be a public institution operated by a municipality, historical society, library, university or Indian Band
- Hold clear ownership of a majority of items in its collection
- Have a definable site with space designated for museum purposes
- Maintain separate financial records related to the operation of the museum
- Not receive operating grants directly or indirectly under other grant programs of the Manitoba Government
- Show a reasonable level of attendance for the area and size of museum
- Agree to permit and co-operate in an annual evaluation of the museum if required by the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage

To receive a Level I grant, an institution shall be open to the public a minimum of 30 days per year, totaling no less than 120 hours.

To receive a Level II grant, an institution shall:
- Be open to the public a minimum of 60 days per year totaling no less than 240 hours -have a written Collections Policy
- Have a Registration (Cataloguing) Procedure
- Have a written Deaccessions Policy
- Have a written Basic Conservation Policy
- Include with application, or have on file with the Department, a Statement of Purpose

For the purposes of the Community Museum Grants Program (CMGP), a “museum” is a nonprofit, permanent establishment that is administered by a representative board in the public interest for the purpose of conserving, preserving, studying, interpreting, assembling and exhibiting to the public, for the instruction and enjoyment of the public, objects and specimens of educational and cultural value including artistic, scientific, historical and technological material.

For both Level 1 and Level 2 grant applicants, grants calculated at less than $100 will not be processed

Ineligible CMGP expenditures pertain to:
- Aquaria, botanical gardens, zoological gardens
- Interpretive centers that do not maintain collections
- Archives
- Societies and associations
- Start-up costs
- Capital expenditures
- Budget deficits
- Purchases of collections

Pre-Application Information:

Your application must be postmarked, or hand delivered, on or before the first day of June of the year for which the grant is requested. The next application deadline is June 1, 2020.

"Locally raised funds" will include monies obtained from local government sources, memberships, fundraising, cash donations, fairground booths, concessions, programs, interest income and funds derived from other museum activities. Federal and provincial grants are excluded, as are the value of donated artifacts and volunteer labor.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to:
Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage
Historic Resources Branch, Main Floor
213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1N3

In Winnipeg: (204) 945-2118
Toll free in MB: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 2118
Fax: (204) 948-2384

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