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Museums Assistance Program (MAP) - Canada-France Agreement

Grants to Canada Nonprofit Museums for
Collaborations and Exchanges with France Museums

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Government of Canada - Canadian Heritage

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03/31/18 11:59 PM Local Time


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Canada nonprofit museums and museum-related organizations to support the presentation and preservation of heritage collections and strengthen ties with France-based counterparts. Applicants must contact their regional office to obtain application forms and instructions.

The Program provides financial assistance to Canadian museums and related institutions for activities that:
-Facilitate Canadians’ access to heritage;
-Foster the preservation of Canada’s diverse and rich cultural heritage (other than built heritage), including representative collections of Aboriginal cultural heritage; and
-Foster professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

Expected results could include activities that achieve the:
-Development and circulation of Canadian traveling exhibitions and associated interpretive material;
-Preservation and presentation of Aboriginal cultural heritage;
-Implementation of key collections management systems; and
-Sharing of best practices related to key museum functions, to the benefit of multiple institutions.

Objectives and expected results for the Canada-France Agreement:

The Canada-France Agreement on Museum Cooperation and Exchanges component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is a reciprocal agreement that aims at creating and developing special, lasting ties between museums in Canada and France, as well as enhancing skills and competencies of museum professionals. It also assists Canadian organizations in developing new international partnerships and in reaching new potential audiences for Canadian heritage and collections.

Exchange missions where the objectives also further the development of official language minority communities will be given a priority for funding support.

Eligible Projects:

Examples of eligible projects under Canada-France Agreement component include:
-Exchange missions that promote professional development with respect to key museum functions (workshops, seminars, internships and learning opportunities);
-Exchange missions that help forge special and lasting ties between Canadian and French museums (exchanges, structured work placements, joint activities, collaboration strategies, and partnerships for exhibition development);
-Exchange missions that encourage the sharing of professional or technical expertise;
-Research exchange missions on relevant heritage or museological themes; and
-Research exchange missions on development and diversification of audiences.

Eligible Expenses:

Only the following items will be considered as eligible expenses: travel, accommodation, meal and incidental expenses as per Travel on government business directive, and incremental administration costs related to the mission.

Funding, in the form of grants, is provided by the Canadian Government to recipients to cover the cost of airline tickets for Canadian participants going to France, and accommodation, meals, incidentals and travel by French participants while in Canada. Travel by Canadians in Canada may also be considered. Expenses made by Canadians while in France are reimbursed by the French Government, following the completion of the project and upon submission of original receipts.

Evaluation Criteria:

Canadian Heritage will evaluate all eligible applications based on merit, Program priorities and availability of funds using the following criteria:

Relevance and community engagement
-Your project helps achieve your  organization’s mandate;
-Your project responds to a demonstrated need;
-Support/interest from other funders or partners is shown (documented if possible);
-The target audience for your project and the methods to reach it (if applicable) are clearly identified and realistic.

Project planning and management
-Your organization is able to carry out the project and has engaged appropriate experience and expertise (personnel and consultants);
-The timeline and resources are adequate;
-Sound project management methods are demonstrated, including risk management.

Project budget
-The forecasted budget/cash flow is comprehensive;
-Value for money is demonstrated, expenses are justified and reasonable;
-All contributions are clearly identified and realistic (applicant, partners and other sources).

Impact and evaluation strategy
-Outputs and outcomes are identified, clear and reasonable;
-Your application includes an articulated evaluation strategy that is linked to outcomes and outputs (indicators, data collection, etc.).

Organization’s capacity
-Financial stability is demonstrated;
-Your organization is professionally managed with clearly defined governance structure, administration and policies.

Your application will be evaluated by a review committee who will compare it with other eligible applications.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166799

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding per project: $50,000

Term of Contract:

The maximum project duration is 2 calendar years (24 months).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be an incorporated, nonprofit Canadian museum which:
-Provides services to the public year-round;
-Employs the equivalent of at least one full-time paid professional staff;
-Has policies for key museum functions; and
-Has a current three to five-year strategic/business plan.


A Canadian service organization whose membership relates to the museum sector (e.g. museums associations) that:
-Is incorporated nonprofit Canadian organization
-Provides services to the public year-round;
-Employs the equivalent of at least one full-time paid professional staff; and
-Has a current three to five-year strategic/business plan.

Ineligible projects and expenses include:
-Projects related to the presentation  of a traveling exhibition
-Salaries and wages of participants;
-Costs related to participant’s attendance to professional development activities including travel.

Canadian heritage cannot fund expenses incurred before the application deadline. If you incur expenses for your project before receiving written confirmation of your funding approval, you will be doing so at your own risk.

Pre-Application Information:

To ensure the success of your project, you are encouraged to have other funding sources. This may include contributions from your organization, the private sector or other levels of government.

The total financial assistance received from the Canada-France Agreement component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) and other levels of government (federal, provincial/territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 100% of your total project-related costs.

Project funding under the Canada-France Agreement component will not normally exceed 50% of eligible expenses.

In-kind contributions are considered real contributions to the cost of the proposed project but are not reimbursable. Donated goods and services may be considered in-kind contributions if they:
-Are essential to your project’s success;
-Are eligible and would otherwise have to be purchased or paid for by you;
-Can be measured at fair market value (i.e. in relation to similar goods and services); and
-Are balanced by an equal revenue in your budget (i.e. total in-kind expenses equal total in-kind revenues).

To obtain application forms, please contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The application deadline is March 31.

When an application falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

The embedded “sent” date must be no later than 11:59 PM local time on the date of the application deadline for your application to be considered eligible.

Canadian Heritage will acknowledge receipt of your application within two weeks of receiving your application.

For application processing time, please refer to the Service standards for Canadian Heritage funding programs or contact the Program:

Contact Information:

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

Contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage:

Program Contact:

Department of Canadian Heritage
Museums Assistance Program – Canada-France Agreement
25 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5

Phone: 819-997-0055 / 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
TTY: 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

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