Many of our clients rely upon grants and similar funding sources for operations and special projects, including the type of solutions provided by Andornot. The list of grants below are ones that, in our experience, may be used for the types of projects we typically work on, such as providing collection management systems, search engines, and digitization of materials in libraries, archives, museums and art galleries.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and won't always be completely up to date, but it is a useful starting point.

The blog posts on the right mention clients who have benefited from these and other grants - success stories - and we're always avaiable to talk to you about potential projects and which grant(s) might be a good fit.



The Andornot Professional Development Grant

Andornot strongly believes in the value of attending conferences to foster professional development. We attend events across Canada and the United States all year long to learn about new trends and technologies, meet with clients, and share our expertise with like-minded folks.

We are pleased to provide this annual grant to help you attend a conference or event that Andornot also exhibits at or attends, as part of your ongoing professional development activities.

The funds can be used for registration or travel related expenses. We hope that this grant will provide an opportunity for someone without access to funds from their organization to network and enrich their knowledge.

Amount: one grant of up to $1,000 CAD is available.

More info:

Library and Archives Canada

Documentary Heritage Communities Program

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Increase access to, and awareness of Canada's local documentary institutions and their holdings; and
  • Increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada's documentary heritage.

Two categories of funding are available:

  • small projects under $25,000; and
  • large projects up to $100,000.

The program is aimed at non-governmental organizations specifically, including:

  • Archives;
  • Privately funded libraries;
  • Historical societies;
  • Genealogical organizations/societies;
  • Professional Associations; and
  • Museums with an archival component.

In 2019, organizations which receive up to 50% of their funding from government sources and now eligible, as well as all those who receive no government funding.

Several Andornot clients have benefited from this program, using it to launch or join sites powered by the Andornot Discovery Interface. More details in this blog post.


More information:

Canadian Heritage

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program consists of three separate components, the Legacy Fund, Local Festivals and Community Anniversaries, to help celebrate the past and present of local communities.

Community Anniversaries Component

Funding is available for non-recurring events that mark the 100th anniversary or greater, in increments of 25 years (e.g., 125th, 150th); of a significant local historical event or personality. Projects designed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of locally significant events related to the Canadian participation in World War II are also eligible.

Funding includes capital projects up to a maximum amount of $25,000 (such as community art projects, restoration of objects, community history books, statues and murals). Successful projects may receive up to 100 per cent of eligible expenses to a maximum of $200,000 for events that:

  • present the work of local artists, artisans and heritage performers or specialists;
  • actively involve members of the local community; and
  • are intended for and accessible to the general public.

Current / most recent application deadline: January 31 for events that will occur during the next calendar year.

More information:

This grant could potentially be used for a virtual exhibit, perhaps complementing a physical one. The Omeka and Umbraco content management systems would be good choices for this project.

Museums Assistance Program

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Aboriginal culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

There are 5 sub-programs, of which the Collections Management component is of interest.

Collections Management Component

The aim of this component is to improve professional knowledge, skills and practices and to strengthen professional standards related to key museum functions for collections management in Canada. It also supports Canadian organizations in the development and delivery of resources or services that will benefit multiple museums.

This Collections Management component funds three types of projects, including projects related to the implementation or upgrade of a collections management system.

The following are examples of eligible projects under the Collections Management component:

  • introduction of new digital collections management systems;
  • purchase and implementation of new database software; or
  • upgrade of an existing system to add significant new functionalities in order to enhance collections information management.

Project funding under Collections Management will not normally exceed 50% of eligible expenses. For collections management system or storage solutions projects, the maximum funding per project is $50,000.

More info:

This grant is an ideal means of upgrading your systems and databases, whether using Inmagic DB/TextWorks or other software, and providing public search access through the Andornot Discovery Interface, as well as virtual exhibits using the Omeka and Umbraco content management systems.

Virtual Museum of Canada

Virtual Exhibits Investment ProgramThe Virtual Exhibits investment program helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations develop virtual exhibits and resources that engage online audiences in Canada’s history, heritage and culture.

Andornot develops virtual exhibit systems using the Omeka and Umbraco content management systems, ensuring that sites meet accessibility guidelines, which is a requirement of this grant.

More information:

Canada Media Fund

Through financial support and industry research, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) encourages the creation of popular, innovative Canadian content and software applications.

Experimental Stream

The Experimental Stream of the CMF encourages the development of innovative, interactive content and leading edge software applications for digital media platforms.


More information:


British Columbia

British Columbia Arts Council

Professional Project Assistance - Museums and Visual Arts Organizations

Supports initiatives in the development of new or unique public programs and documentation by professional museums, Aboriginal cultural centres and visual arts organizations, including artists’ and curatorial collectives. These may include exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, audience development or collections management projects.

The maximum contribution to a project in this program is 50% of the total budget of the project. 


More information:

This grant could be used to upgrade your systems and databases, whether using Inmagic DB/TextWorks or other software, and providing public search access through the Andornot Discovery Interface, as well as virtual exhibits using the Omeka and Umbraco content management systems.

British Columbia Community Gaming Grants

Community Gaming Grants support the delivery of community organization programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia.

Grant Amounts:

  • Local organizations: up to $100,000 per year
  • Regional organizations: up to $225,000 per year
  • Province-wide organizations: up to $250,000 per year

Current / most recent application deadline: Apply from Feb 1 to May 31 - Final notification: Aug 31


More information:

Irving K Barber Learning Centre at UBC

BC History Digitization Grants

The British Columbia History Digitization Program promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to our unique provincial historical material.

Applicants can receive up to $15,000 in funds for their projects, and can submit for multi-year projects.

More information:

This grant could be used to upgrade your systems and databases, whether using Inmagic DB/TextWorks or other software, and providing public search access through the Andornot Discovery Interface, as well as virtual exhibits using the Omeka and Umbraco content management systems.


Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Grants Program has been developed to assist Manitobans in identifying, protecting and interpreting the province's human and natural heritage.

Current / most recent application deadline: January 31 and June 1 of each year.

Application for funding under this program is open to any not-for-profit, incorporated community organization, Local Government, university or First Nation seeking to identify, protect or interpret Manitoba's human and natural heritage. The organization must have been in existence for at least one year.

Not-for-profit community organizations can apply to the Heritage Grants Program for up to 50% of the total project expenses (including donated labour, materials and equipment) and may not exceed the total cost of purchased labour, materials and equipment.

Examples of funded projects:


More information:

Community Museum Grants


  • To provide support for facilities that serve to protect and interpret Manitoba’s heritage resources. 
  • To improve the quality of museum collections and programs throughout Manitoba.
  • To encourage and support a balanced interpretation of Manitoba’s heritage.
  • To strengthen community identity and contribute to a sense of place and belonging in Manitobans throughout the province.
  • To facilitate the effective use of available resources through co-peration between Manitoba’s museums and related institutions and organizations.


The Level I grant is calculated as 90% of locally-raised funds*, up to the maximum for the level. Maximum funding for a Level I grant is: Up to $1,350.00. To receive a Level I grant, an institution shall be open to the public a minimum of 30 days per year, totalling no less than 120 hours.

The Level II grant is also calculated as 90% of locally-raised funds*, up to 45% of normal operating expenses, or the maximum for the level. Maximum funding for a Level II grant is: Up to $3,150.00.



Culture Development Fund

The Culture Development Fund seeks to strengthen cultural organizations and their leadership, helping them to increase their knowledge and skills. This will help organizations become better at what they do and more successful in achieving their mandates. Increased performance through new and innovative projects will build the capacity of the sector, leading to a stronger and more stable culture sector.

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