Government of New Brunswick
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    This program provides financial assistance for the production and/or the upgrading of a physical or computerized collection inventory owned by a museum. A reliable museum inventory will provide the opportunity to develop or upgrade collection information in areas such as provenance, preventative conservation, restoration, and even storage.


    The program is directed at non-profit museums based in New Brunswick, incorporated under the Companies Act and, managing a collection of artifacts.

    A "museum" is “a non-profit community institution which acts as a custodian to maintain, conserve, study, and interpret a permanent collection of heritage resources”. Such an organization holds its collection in trust for the public.

    In addition to meeting the "museum" definition, an eligible applicant must:

    • Possess legal title to the permanent collection it conserves;
    • Maintain a standard system of registration for its collection, thus ensuring proper documentation and control;
    • Follow a Collection Management Policy consistent with its organizational objectives.


    The program is developed to support museums that are helping New Brunswickers understand themselves and their ties with the past, to strengthen their sense of pride and identity, and/or to better appreciate their links with the environment.

    The aim of this initiative is:

    • To assist individual museums develop tools for managing their collection and to take steps to improve and upgrade their registration process;
    • To encourage contributing users of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) to upload their artifact information to CHIN and more specifically in Artefacts Canada;
    • To promote the use of a standardized vocabulary to offer virtual access to New Brunswick’s museum collections.

    Proposals are reviewed once each year. Organizations wishing to apply must fill out the appropriate form and submit the application no later than April 15.

    Depending on need and demand, a grant of approximately $3,000 will be provided to eligible museums.

    Participating museums will be required to submit the data from the inventory of their collection to the museum services contact below by March 31 of the current fiscal year.

    Automated museums are also required to upload at least a minimum of ten (10) new artifact records, including images, to Artefacts Canada by March 31 of the current fiscal year.

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