Preserving Canadian Treasures

The Preserving Canadian Treasures has come to an end, thank you to all past recipients.

Preserving Canadian Treasures is a funding program to assist small museums with collections conservation and preservation.

With the generous support of Dr.Yosef Wosk, a philanthropist and museum trustee in British Columbia, the CMA is pleased to offer nine (9) grants of up to $1,000 each to undertake projects to conserve and preserve either an artifact or a collection of importance. Applications will be reviewed by a special CMA committee. Recipients are required to send a brief written report on the project within six (6) months of funding receipt.


This program is open to any small museum, gallery or related institution for the purpose of undertaking a special preservation or conservation project, with a budget between $500 and $1000. Necessary equipment is eligible. Funds may not be used for deficits/debt retirement, purchase of artefacts or ongoing operations. If successful, the recipient may not re-apply for three (3) years.


Each applicant must:

  • Have an operating budget of less than $250,000.
  • Have at least one paid staff member with training.
  • Be an institutional member of the CMA.

Application Instructions

To apply, you have TWO options:

1) You may use the Preserving Canadian Treasures Application Form
Please print it and either mail it or fax it to the CMA.
2) You can simply submit an email or a Word document that includes:

  • Your name, title, institution, CMA membership number, complete mailing address, fax number, website, and email address.
  • A brief project description, no longer than two (2) pages that includes a short statement addressing how your institution will benefit from this grant.
  • Any necessary supporting documentation (if available), such as annual report, financial statements, business plan, etc.

Submit your application

By fax to: 1-613-233-5438
By email to:
By mail to:
Preserving Canadian Treasures
Canadian Museums Association
400-280 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa ON K2P 1R7

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