BREAKING: DETAILS RELEASED FOR $500M EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUND FROM CANADIAN HERITAGE

Today, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault released mroe details about the $500 Million allocated to Canadian Heritage to address COVID-19’s Impact on the Cultural Sector.

The Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations is an additional temporary relief measure created to help alleviate the financial pressures of cultural hertiage, and sport organizatiosn facing significant losses due to COVID-19 pandemic. The objectives of this fund are:

  • to maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose cash flow and short-term operational viability have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • to stabilize a sector that is a major driver of the Canadian economy.

The COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be distributed in a two phase approach.

Phase 1:

For funding recipients who are projecting a significant financial impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:

The streamlined process will use the most recent applications submitted to the program as a basis for topping-up existing funding. Eligible recipients will not have to apply for funding. Existing recipients of targeted programs will be asked to fill out an attestation. Once the attestation has been received and reviewed, funding will flow shortly thereafter.

Phase 2:

As part of the $500 million budget envelope, the second phase will provide temporary support as follows:

  • Funding for eligible organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program.
  • Funding for other organizations, which may include some that do not currently receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada (e.g. non-recipient arts and culture organizations, small broadcasters, third-language producers, organizations in live music, local news organizations, magazines and community newspapers).

Further details on Phase 2 will be announced over the coming weeks.

How will I know if I am an eligible recipient for the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations?

For Phase 1, organizations who are funding recipients of the following programs will be eligible to receive funding through the Emergency Support Fund: the: Canada Periodical FundCanada Book FundCanada Music Fund (via FACTOR and Musicaction)Canada Arts Training FundCanada Arts Presentation Fund, Harbourfront Centre Funding Program, and Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, the Sport Support Program, and the Digital Citizen Contribution Program. Additionally, certain athletes may be eligible through the Athlete Assistance Program to access the Emergency Support Fund. Funds will also be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada to support their recipients.

For Phase 2, the Museums Assistance Program will provide funding to eligible organizations with heritage collections. Additionally, temporary funding will be made available to organizations who do not currently receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada. This may include arts and culture organizations who are not recipients and supported through Phase 1, small broadcasters, third-language producers, organizations in live music, local news organizations, magazines, and community newspapers.

Further details on Phase 2 will be announced over the coming weeks.

I am a recipient of one of the programs distributing emergency funds for culture, heritage or sport. What will I need to attest to?

At a minimum, all eligible organizations will be required to attest the following in order to receive support:

By what date can I expect to hear from Canadian Heritage regarding the attestations?

Canadian Heritage officials will provide you with further details in the following days on the attestation form that all organizations looking to access the Emergency Support Fund must submit to begin the process to release their payment.

How can the money be spent?

Funding should be used towards eligible expenses under the program through which they are accessed.

How much funding can my organization get?

A formula-based approach will be applied and recipients will be able to receive up to 25% of recently approved funding. However, any funding received will be consistent with the approaches taken by other federal funds, such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the loan forgiveness aspect of the Canada Emergency Business Account.

What is the service standard for Phase 1 recipients?

Canadian Heritage, Portfolio agencies and delivery organizations will work diligently to have the funds distributed as quickly as possible to their recipients following the receipt of signed attestations.

What about funding awarded through the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada?

Funds will be provided to the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada to support their recipients. Measures will be in place to ensure alignment and avoid any potential duplication of funding between the Department and these organizations.

Like Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada will use a formula-based approach to deliver the funds, taking into account the realities and specific needs of their recipients. Clients of these organizations will be able to apply for up to 25% of recently approved funding. These organizations will provide additional guidance on how to apply for funding in the near future.

Is an organization such as a theatre or museum still eligible for this funding if it has been forced to close its doors to the public due to public health measures?

Yes. For the purposes of the attestation, “in operation at the time of application” is understood to mean complying with public health rules or guidance and actively planning to resume activities for the public when permitted or able to do so.

My organization is receiving another federal support funding (e.g. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Business Account, Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for Small Businesses). Can we apply for support from Canadian Heritage’s Emergency Support Fund?

Yes. This additional temporary relief measure is meant to complement the broad measures already announced by the Government (e.g., Canada Emergency Response BenefitCanada Emergency Wage SubsidyCanada Emergency Business AccountCanada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for Small Businesses).

However, organizations may not claim funding from multiple sources to cover the same costs.

If I am a recipient of multiple Canadian Heritage programs, can I apply for the relief funding for all of them or only one?

If your organization receives funding from more than one Canadian Heritage funding program, you may claim relief funding under each program. However, your organization may not use the funding to cover the same costs.

If your organization receives funding from more than one participating department or agency (Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada), you may only request funding from 1 of these organizations for support from the Emergency Support Fund.

What if my organization received funding from both Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts, for example?

If your organization receives funding from more than 1 participating department or agency (Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada), you may only request funding from 1 of these organizations for support from the Emergency Support Fund. Canadian Heritage and Portfolio organizations will coordinate their funding responses to avoid double funding.

What if my organization applied for funding but was rejected, or told that I would have been eligible if the funding envelope was bigger?

Canadian Heritage is continuing to explore ways it can support the culture and heritage sectors, and will endeavour to broaden the scope of its support measures in Phase 2.

Further details on Phase 2 will be announced over the coming weeks.

My organization received funding from Canadian Heritage previously, but not in the last fiscal year. Can we apply for emergency support?

Canadian Heritage is continuing to explore ways it can support the culture and heritage sectors, and will endeavour to broaden the scope of its support measures in Phase 2.

Further details on Phase 2 will be announced over the coming weeks.

If I receive COVID-19 emergency support from my province/territory, will it have an impact on my eligibility and/or level of funding under this federal fund?

No.

Are provincial/territorial crown corporations or other public sector organizations eligible for this emergency support?

Provincial/territorial crown corporations would not be eligible for funding but cultural institutions associated with educational institutions or universities would be eligible.

Arts and culture sector

Who is eligible for the Fund?

Current recipients of the following Canadian Heritage programs may be eligible to receive a top-up funding equivalent to up to 25% of the total amount of funding approved in the most recent funding cycle:

Organizations supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada may also be eligible to emergency funding. Enquiries should be made directly to the relevant organization.

How can we apply?

The streamlined process, for Phase 1, will use the most recent applications funded by the program as a basis for topping-up funding. Eligible recipients will not have to apply for funding. Existing recipients of targeted programs will be asked to fill out an attestation. Once the attestation has been received and reviewed, funding will flow shortly thereafter.

As for recipients for Phase 2, information on how to apply for funding will be posted on the Department’s website in the next few weeks and interested applicants will be able to contact Canadian Heritage through its toll-free line or through their existing funding program contacts.

Recipients of the Canada Music Fund should communicate directly with FACTOR if they are in the Anglophone market, or Musicaction if they are in the Francophone market, to apply.

Recipients of funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada should check directly with these organizations for details on how to apply for relief funding.

How will the Fund support cultural workers?

In helping to alleviate the significant financial pressures faced by organizations in the culture, heritage and sport sectors, the Emergency Support Fund will help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations that play an essential role in Canadian society and that represent unifying elements of their communities.

Where relevant, organizations are expected to use the emergency relief funding to fulfill their obligations towards vulnerable workers who are not currently covered by the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, such as the self-employed and freelancers, including artists and creators.

Heritage sector

Who is eligible for the Fund? Will my heritage organization be eligible to apply for the Museums Assistance Program emergency funding?

Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums (including seasonal museums and those without full-time staff), archives and historic sites will be eligible to apply to the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program.

Indigenous and official language minority community organizations with a heritage collection may also be eligible to apply.

Zoos, aquaria, public libraries and other organizations that do not have a heritage collection are not eligible to the emergency funding under the Museum Assistance Program.

How soon can my organization apply for emergency funding through the Museums Assistance Program?

Applications will be accepted in Phase 2 of the Emergency Support Fund. The Department is working as quickly as possible to finalize the program changes required to allow a broader range of heritage organizations to apply for assistance. The Department is also working to develop a new, simplified application process.

How can I apply for the Museums Assistance Program emergency funding?

As for recipients for Phase 2, information on how to apply for funding will be available in the next few weeks and interested applicants will be able to contact Canadian Heritage through its toll-free line or through their existing funding program contacts.

How much support might I receive from the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program?

Grants ranging from $5,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 may be awarded to eligible heritage organizations according to a formula based on the applicant’s 2019 total expenses.

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