Access to Heritage

The Access to Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) fosters greater access to heritage across different geographic regions of Canada. Eligible projects are related to travelling exhibitions in order to assist heritage organizations to reach new audiences and to reflect Canada's diverse cultural and natural heritage.

The deadline to submit applications for 2016-2017 projects to the Access to Heritage component is November 1, 2015.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible under the Exhibition Circulation Fund, applicants must meet the criteria of one of the following two categories:

  • Incorporated non-profit Canadian museums which:
    • Provide services to the public year-round;
    • Employ the equivalent of one full-time paid professional staff;
    • Have policies for key museum functions; and
    • Have a current three to five-year strategic/business plan.
  • Incorporated non-profit Canadian service organizations whose membership relates to the museum sector. Ex.: Museums Associations

Applicants that are governed by other levels of government or by academic or cultural institutions are eligible but must have distinct objectives, programs and budgets related to heritage. Federal departments, Crown corporations and agencies are not eligible for MAP funding.

Eligible Projects

Please consult the guidelines.

Application Process

Project proposals are reviewed competitively once each year. Completed application forms must be sent no later than the application deadline date. Hard copies sent by mail or courier, or hand-delivered, must be postmarked by the deadline date. If the application is sent electronically, the embedded sent date must be no later than local time on the deadline date.

It is highly recommended that you consult your regional program officer to discuss your project prior to submission. To discuss your application for funding, contact the nearest regional office. National organizations should contact the national office.


[ Guidelines for 2016-2017 ]

Application Forms

To obtain application forms, contact the nearest regional office. National organizations should contact the national office.

Service Standards

Canadian Heritage has set service standards for the timely delivery of the acknowledgement of receipt, funding decision and payment processes.

See the service standards for the Access to Heritage component of the MAP.