The BCMA is proud to announce the seventh professional development webinar in our monthly webinbar series!

Join colleagues from around the province and across Canada on October 17 for “Funding for Heritage Organizations” presented by Michael Smith and Colleen Craig from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Webinar Description:

Program officers Colleen Craig and Michael Smith will give an overview of the main heritage funding programs offered by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports projects that include the creation or hosting of travelling exhibits, collection management storage or database improvements, shared best practices workshops and Indigenous heritage organizations. We’ll go over the basics of applicant and project eligibility, the assessment process, as well as what makes a strong application.  We will also speak to the other programs museums may be eligible for, including the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (for renovation, construction, planning, and specialized museum equipment purchase), Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage (for activities celebrating/commemorating a community’s past through festivals, events and projects), and Celebrate Canada (for festivities celebrating National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Multiculturalism Day, and Canada Day).

Though now based in Vancouver and serving heritage organizations in BC, Yukon and Alberta, both Colleen and Michael originally come from northern BC.   After a few years working in small community museums, Colleen joined Canadian Heritage in 2004.  Michael is now in his second year as a MAP program officer, having moved to Canadian Heritage after 8 years with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.  Both are passionate about museums and are proud to be working to support Western Region’s heritage community.

Webinar Details:

Time and Date: October 17, noon-1pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for future members
Registration and more information:

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We hope you’ll join us for this webinar!  Feel free to invite your colleagues and share on social media.  If you have any questions about this or future webinars, please email