Advocacy Survey: What are your priorities?

Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey to share your feedback on advocacy priorities and help us collect data on the positive impact museums, galleries and related organizations make in our communities.

We have heard from many of our members and stakeholders that advocating to government and other key stakeholders on behalf of museums, galleries and heritage institutions in B.C. is an important role for the BC Museums Association. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as we undertake this work.

The survey will close on February 17, 2017, and should take you approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance for your time – we look forward to sharing the results!




New funding program: B.C. marks Canada 150 with cultural legacies

To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the Province is launching a funding program to celebrate B.C. communities and their contribution to Canada. The
Government of British Columbia will invest $8 million in museums and heritage sites throughout the province.

British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada will create meaningful legacies honouring the province’s unique and diverse histories, culture, heritage and contribution to the nation. This program offers one-time grants of up to $100,000 for:

  • Developing infrastructure: Projects that develop or improve museum spaces and facilities (including historic places).
  • Conserving historic places and heritage sites: Projects that preserve, rehabilitate or restore formally registered, designated or recognized historic places.
  • Building lasting legacies: Projects that physically represent B.C.’s unique and diverse histories, culture and heritage, such as permanent exhibitions, monuments, public art, statues, interpretation infrastructure, plaques or signage.
  • Sharing our history: Projects that promote the sharing of collections and expertise between the Royal BC Museum and the wider museum community to reveal the diverse historical narratives of British Columbia.

Organizations with a culture or heritage mandate responsible for a museum, archive or historic place are eligible for this funding, including not-for-profits, First Nation Band Councils, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, local governments and post-secondary institutions. As a collaborative partnership, the British Columbia Museums Association will administer the program on behalf of the Province.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 10, 2017, and online applications will open on Jan. 16, 2017.

More information is available on the BC Museums Association’s Grants page.

Read the Government of British Columbia news release here.