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Museums for General Operating Support

Museum Grant Program (MGP)

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Grants of up to $5,000, grants of up to $15,000, and grants of up to $30,000 to Saskatchewan nonprofit and municipal museums to support general operations and programming. New applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to help foster strong, vibrant, community-based Saskatchewan museums that are valued and supported by society. This funding enables museums to focus on excellence in their programs and operations.

The grant is intended to provide funds to support eligible operating activities. Eligible expenses for the MGP grant includes costs related to:

  • Salaries and Benefits, including honorariums, wages and contract agreements for both regular and contract staff. Please see note under Ineligible Expenses regarding duplication of grant funding.
  • Training, including workshop and conference fees, training materials, and travel costs (i.e. gas, car rental, and hotel accommodation) for staff and volunteers;
  • Administration, including office supplies, postage, insurance, office technology and software;
  • Building rent, utilities and taxes
  • Minor maintenance and repairs (paint, cleaning supplies, light bulbs, etc.
  • Collections costs, including documentation, cataloguing, deaccessions, repatriation, conservation and research;
  • Governance costs, including board meetings, evaluations, strategic and succession planning;
  • Programming, including costs related to activities, services and exhibit development, community outreach, Culture Days and other festivals and events;
  • Technology costs, including website development costs, software, data storage, laptops, tablets, printers, tech support and training, etc.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff, volunteers and visitors, including masks, hand sanitizer, signage, plastic barriers, etc.
  • Communications, including material costs, advertising costs, and event promotion; and
  • Operational costs (excluding ineligible expenses) related to the development of a new museum, the transition of an existing museum into a new format (e.g. from building-based to virtual) or for the permanent closure of an existing museum.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177485

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum level of funding an applicant could potentially receive in each stream is:
- Stream One: Up to $5,000
- Stream Two: Up to $15,000
- Stream Three: Up to $30,000

Term of Contract:

MGP operates on a 2-year cycle, providing two years of funding to successful applicants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, your museum must:

- Be a museum defined as "... a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.” (Museums Association of Sask. Articles and Bylaws, 2015). This definition includes Building-based Museums, Eco-Museums, and Virtual Museums. For further definition of these, please see page 2 of the MGP Guidelines.
- Maintain separate financial records related to the operation of the museum.

And be either:
A Registered Non-Profit organization based in Saskatchewan OR a Saskatchewan museum that was established through a municipal bylaw or Band council resolution. Please see the Eligibility section in the MGP Guidelines for more information on the requirements for both types of organizational structures.

For more information on eligible and ineligible applicants, see

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

The next Museum Grant Program deadline is December 1, 2021 for Streams 1, 2 and 3. If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Due to the large volume of applications, results will not be available until April 2022.

Applicants may only apply to one stream per cycle however, they may apply to different streams from cycle to cycle as their circumstances change. All first-time applicants to MGP must apply to Stream One. If you are a first-time applicant or are considering applying for a different stream, please contact the Consultant prior to starting an application.

If you are unsure if your museum fits the purpose and priorities of this grant, please contact SaskCulture.

Matching Contributions:
- Stream One: No financial contribution from the applicant is required.
- Stream Two: A 50% matching contribution from the applicant is required.
- Stream Three: A 50% matching contribution from the applicant is required.


Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Museum Grant Program Consultant:
Catherine Folstad
Supervisor, Granting and Technology
(306) 780-9431
Toll free: 1-866-476-6830

Call: 306-780-9388

#404, 2125 - 11th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 3X3
(306) 780-9284

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