Museum Grant Program
Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofit and Municipal
Museums for General Operating Support
Museums for General Operating Support
Foundation / Corporation
Grants of up to $30,000 to Saskatchewan nonprofit and municipal museums to support general operations and programming. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to help museums contribute to knowledge and understanding in their community.
Priority will be given to museums that:
-Provide evidence of delivering meaningful activities, programs and services that are valued by their community and broader;
-Are welcoming and inclusive of everyone in their community and surrounding area;
-Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of their communities and take action to consult and involve their community in their museum;
-Demonstrate a link between planned activities, programs and services, their impact, and the results of evaluation;
-Demonstrate an understanding of good governance practices;
-Develop and monitor long-term goals;
-Value training and learning opportunities for staff and volunteers;
-Provide evidence of collaboration through networks and partnerships;
-Demonstrate an understanding of the Standards for Saskatchewan Museums and how their work on these is important in the development of the museum;
-Demonstrate a link between planned activities, programs and services and the museum’s budget; and
-Demonstrate a realistic and responsible use of resources (funds, volunteers, etc.).
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;
-Training, including workshop fees, training materials, and travel costs (i.e. gas, car rental, bus tickets, and hotel accommodation) for staff and volunteers;
-Administration, including office supplies, postage, insurance, and software;
-Maintenance, including building rent, taxes, utilities, and minor repairs such as upgrading and improvement projects.
-Collections, including costs related to documentation, storage and conservation;
-Programming, including costs related to activities and exhibit development, Culture Days and Canada 150; and
-Communications, including material costs, advertising costs, and events.
There are three different streams in the Museum Grant Program. The three funding streams are representative of the varying levels of development found in Saskatchewan museums. If this the first time your museum is applying to MGP, you are only eligible to apply for Stream I funding.
The maximum level of funding a museum could potentially receive in each stream is:
-Stream I – up to 75% of the museum’s annual budget, to a maximum of $6,000
-Stream II – up to 50% of the museum’s annual budget, to a maximum of $12,000
-Stream III – up to 50% of the museum’s annual budget, to a maximum of $30,000
Successful Stream I, II and III applicants will be funded for two years.
A museum must:
-Meet the following definition: “be 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.” (MAS, 2015). Please note this definition includes building-based museums, eco-museums as well as virtual museums.
-The museum must either be incorporated as a nonprofit organization, or be financially operated by the municipality or First Nations Band;
-Have been open to the public and fully operational for at least one year;
-Have a permanent site with public access and space designated for museum use only;
-Hold clear ownership of a majority of items in its collection (51% or more); and
-Maintain separate financial records related to the operation of the museum.
Ineligible Organizations are those that are:
-Part of a federal or provincial operation and/or Crown Corporation;
-Receive more than 50 percent of its total revenues from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund (SLTF). (Exception: Stream I funding applicants may receive up to 75% of their funding from the SLTF.);
-Receive operational funding directly from the Culture Section of Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund; and/or:
-Receive funding directed by the Government of Saskatchewan.
The grant cannot be used to for:
-Capital improvements, such as the purchase of a building, elevator, or new roof;
-Developmental costs for a new facility;
-Purchase of artifacts or collections; and
-Cash prizes, gifts, or the purchase of alcohol.
Organizations are strongly encouraged to consult with SaskCulture well in advance of the deadline.
Applications must be submitted through SaskCulture's Online Grant Platform.
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