Last week the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced details regarding the $500 million emergency relief fund for the Sports, Arts and Culture. $198.3 million has been earmarked for the arts and culture sector and will be distributed through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Another $55 million will be distributed via the Canada Council and will go to organizations that help artists and arts organizations. The full announcement can be found here.
The support is expected to flow out in two phases.
Phase IFor funding recipients who are projecting a significant financial impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- A formula-based top-up to recipients of the following arts and culture programs: Canada Periodical Fund, Canada Book Fund, Canada Music Fund (via FACTOR and Musicaction), Canada Arts Training Fund, Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Harbourfront Centre Funding Program, and Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program.
- Funds will also be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada to support their recipients. Measures will be in place to avoid any potential duplication of funding between the Department and these organizations.
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 IIAs 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. The Funds allocated for Phase 2 are part of the 198.3 million earmarked for arts and culture.
Distribution of Funds by the Canada Council
The Canada Council for the Arts has released further information detailing how they will be distributing their allocated $55 million. Eligible organizations will be contacted directly in the weeks ahead. The amounts allocated will be calculated according to a formula rather than following an assessment by peers.