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 is an annual program that helps new and existing Ontario festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services to grow Ontario’s tourism market. The program also supports bid and event hosting costs of major one-time events, and organizations that deliver major sport events.

See the 2016-17 Celebrate Ontario Festivals and Events listings

Community Museum Operating and Pay Equity Grants

This ministry provides annual operating grants to approximately 200 community museums. These museums contribute to their communities' economic well-being as employers and tourist attractions, attracting over 2,300,000 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.

Culture Development Fund helps strengthen cultural organizations and their leadership to build the capacity of the culture sector.

See the list of recommended:
1 year projects
2 year projects

The Heritage Organization Development Grant (HODG) program is an annual operating grant program administered through the Culture Programs Unit of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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

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 2014-15 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund recipients.

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.

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.

The Provincial Sport Organization and Multi Sport Organization (PSO/MSO) Base Funding Program supports the achievement of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s (Ministry’s) sport objectives for Ontario. These goals are identical to the goals of the Canadian Sport Policy (CSP), which are Enhanced Participation, Enhanced Excellence, Enhanced Capacity and Enhanced Interaction.

The Provincial/Multi-Sport Organizations – Sport Priority Funding Program supports the achievement of Canadian Sport Policy (CSP) goals and the Ministry’s sport priorities.

See the 2014-2015 list of Sport Priority Funding recipients

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.

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

Learn more about our General Ministry Service Standards.


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