Please note that the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation and the Kingston Archaeology Centre have closed. This site is still available for historical and informational reasons, but none of the services or products described here are available anymore.

Grants 2011

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The Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture

The Museums and Technology Fund

"Past to Present - Website Makeover"

Purpose: The Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation will upgrade its website by migrating to a content management system that will allow for more frequent information updates, an e-commerce system for online payment, online enrolment in education programs, memberships and donations, and the introduction of online "Archaeological Hotspots". These hotspots will be interactive mapping tools that provide users with links to information about recognized archaeological sites in the City of Kingston. The reports will include site photos, artifact photos, historical background, archaeological work conducted, and results of the excavation. The new website will communicate up-to-date information about the organization and archaeological heritage in Kingston.

Timeline:  July 2011 to November 2011

Status:  Complete



Museum Assistance Program

"Upgrade Database Accessibilty and Functionality"

Purpose: This project will allow the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation to update, secure, and protect data in a new database system. The project will increase storage capacity, accessibility of data, and develop web access for outside users wishing to electronically investigate material held in trust by the foundation.

By preserving and protecting data on collected materials we will also increase opportunities for scholarship and research based not only on access to data, but through this portal to the material itself - the collection of artifacts stored in the Foundation's repository.

Timeline:  August 2011 to November 2011

Status:  Complete


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The Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture

Community Museum Operating Grant

Operating Funding 2011

Purpose: This ministry provides annual operating grants to approximately 200 community museums. These museums contribute to their communities' economic well-being as employers and tourist attractions, attracting over 2,300,000 visitors per year. This support strengthens their role in their communities as custodians and interpreters of the province's irreplaceable heritage collections. Museums that receive this support are required to meet the criteria established in Regulation 877, "Grants for Museums" under the Ontario Heritage Act and this ministry's Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.

Timeline:  2012 operating year

Status:  Recieved


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Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

In providing funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, Canada Summer Jobs helps to create summer work opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The Foundation employs students through the Canada Summer Jobs programs to support its educational programs and Interpretive Centre throughout the summer months. The students work at the Centre on preparing artifact reports, greeting visitors, giving tours, preparing special exhibits, running Centre events, and delivering education programs.

Positions Created:

  • Summer Education Assistant
  • Interpretive Centre Assistant


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Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

YCW in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) is a job creation program under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy that aims to provide summer work experience students can build on. While employers gain access to a pool of enthusiastic young workers, students gain the opportunity to work in the field of culture and heritage while earning money for their education.

The Foundation receives its Young Canada Works funding through the Canadian Museums Association – an organization that “works for the recognition, growth, and stability of the [museum] sector”.

We use the positions funded by the Young Canada Works in Heritage program to employ the Archaeological Instructors in our "Can You Dig It?"© Summer Field Experience Program. Our student instructors are with us from June – August and gain valuable archaeological field experience as well as experience running educational programming in a heritage setting.

Positions Created:

  • Lead Archeological Counselor
  • Archeological Counselor
  • Archeological Counselor