Grants Ontario provides you with one-window access to information about grants that are available to you, how to apply for grants and how to check the status of your application.

We provide project and operating grants to:

  • Arts and cultural groups and other members of creative industries.
  • Public libraries, community museums, heritage organizations and historical societies. Three museum advisors, one conservation advisor and one historical resources consultant offer specialized advisory services to these grant recipients and other Ontario museums and heritage groups. Their services include site visits, training workshops and printed material such as a Museum Notes series.
  • Tourism associations, economic development corporations, municipalities, festivals and events, tourism businesses and organizations interested in undertaking tourism-related initiatives which support industry development and increased visitation.

Grant opportunities

Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements to new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.

View the 2019-20 Celebrate Ontario event listings.

Community Museum Operating and Pay Equity Grants

This ministry provides annual operating grants to approximately 170 community museums. These museums contribute to their communities' economic well-being as employers and tourist attractions, attracting over 3,100,000 visitors per year. This support strengthens their role in their communities as custodians and interpreters of the province's irreplaceable heritage collections. Museums that receive this support are required to meet the criteria established in Regulation 877, "Grants for Museums" under the Ontario Heritage Act and this ministry's Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.

The Heritage Organization Development Grant (HODG) provides annual operating support to historical societies, museums and other heritage associations, located throughout the province, that promote public awareness of Ontario's rich and diverse heritage. Organizations that receive this support are required to meet the criteria established in Regulation 879, "Grants to Incorporated Historical Societies and Associations” under the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Improving Library Digital Services (ILDS) fund will improve digital resources and services in provincially funded public libraries and First Nation public libraries to better connect people to web-based information and opportunities. To meet local needs, the program may support Wi-Fi hot spot lending programs, hardware and software resources, and technology-focused training opportunities.

The Ontario Amateur Sport Fund will lead to greater support for PSO/MSOs to strengthen athlete programming, identify clear athlete performance targets, develop a stronger talent identification system, and operationalize strategic plans for their organizations. The Ontario Amateur Sport Fund will pave the way for Ontarians to have access to a best-in-class amateur sport system from the playground to the podium.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund helps not-for-profit organizations cover the marketing and promotional costs of their new attraction or special event.

Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. The Sport Hosting Program provides funding to help applicants deliver national and international amateur single-sport events.

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund provides funding to help organizations increase opportunities for participation in sport and recreation, improve physical literacy, and strengthen the community sport and recreation sector through training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development. Click below to see the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund recipients.

The Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund — Research and Innovation Stream provides funding to public libraries for research and innovation projects that will improve services for Ontarians. This is part of a $10-million investment over three years to help public libraries better meet the changing needs of their communities.

See the list of approved projects.

Provincial Heritage Organization Grants - This ministry provides annual operating support to the 12 Ontario Provincial Heritage Organizations. They are umbrella organizations for the major types of heritage activities across the province, representing disciplines such as archaeology, genealogy, architecture, history, archives, and museums.

Public Library Operating, Pay Equity, and First Nation Salary Supplement Grants Program

Library operating grants are statutory under the Public Libraries Act. This funding goes to public library boards and First Nations libraries as well as municipalities, local service boards or First Nations that establish a contract for library service with a neighbouring public library board.

The Safe Cycling Education Fund (SCEF) provides funding to deliver safe cycling education initiatives to support the implementation of #CycleON: Ontario's Cycling Strategy. Promoting safe cycling in communities across Ontario will help to promote active lifestyles and work to promote cycling as a healthy mode of transportation for all purposes.

The Tourism Development Fund supports projects which result in investment attraction, product and experience development and industry capacity building.

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This ministry is also responsible for a number of awards programs: