Operational Support for Community and Regional Heritage Organizations
Operational support is provided to museums, archives, historical societies
and historic trusts to assist in the preservation and promotion of our cultural
The funding for 2016/17 has been allocated. Please check back for
updates regarding 2017/18 support.
General Eligibility Criteria:
- Have as their primary purpose the preservation and promotion of the
cultural heritage of the province. Eligible groups will be limited
to museums, archives, historical societies and historic trusts (preservation
of built heritage).
- Be governed by an incorporated, non-profit board of directors elected by
a membership open to the general public.
- Be active members of
This condition does not apply to province-wide organizations.
- Eligible organizations may be committees of town councils or other
incorporated bodies, or they may be independent of any such bodies.
- Regional organizations are also eligible to receive support if their
primary focus is on heritage. Such organizations are defined as representing
individuals or groups on a regional basis, as being managed by a board of
directors with representation from throughout the region, and as offering
programs to all parts of the region. Regional organizations must be current
members of either
to be eligible to apply for this support.
The CEDP Heritage Advisory Committee has developed minimum standards that all
groups must meet in order to be eligible for Operational support. These
minimum standards are:
- Mission Statement
- Compliance with the Tourism Assurance Plan (TAP)
- Collections Management Policy and Procedures
For further information about the minimum standards, please contact the CEDP
Organizations Not Eligible to Apply
Because of the limited budget of the program, the following are
ineligible to apply for assistance:
- Privately-owned museums or archives, or those operated for profit
- School based museums and archives
- Municipalities and churches/parishes that do not have heritage
- Federal or Provincial institutions
- Natural history based organizations
Operational support can be used to cover costs related to:
- professional services (consultants, conservators, researchers,
- materials and supplies (reference materials, conservation supplies,
- development of exhibits and interpretive programming
- public programs (lectures, educational activities, receptions, etc.)
- collections research
- publications and websites
- advertising and other promotions
- travel to provincial and national heritage conferences and training
- board travel (for province-wide and regional organizations)
- rent or mortgage
- office costs (utilities, insurance, supplies, etc.)
- cleaning and minor building maintenance.
Capital costs (such as roof repairs, extensions, etc.) are not eligible