Community Resilience Through Arts and Culture – Program deadline March 2

Arts and culture are integral to a strong foundation in BC communities, making our towns, villages and cities resilient, sustainable and vibrant places to live and work.

When those communities are effected by natural or economic disaster, cultural issues, social crises, and demographic change, arts and culture can play a unique role in a community’s capacity to respond, withstand and recover.

The Province of British Columbia is launching a pilot Community Resilience Through Arts and Culture Program to support arts and cultural events, initiatives and engagement by and for local communities.  The focus of this program is communities experiencing hardship, historic oppression or other challenges that would benefit from the power of arts and culture to promote healing, resilience and connection.

This program is aimed at regional, rural or First Nations communities outside both the Metro Vancouver Regional District and the Capital Regional District (exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

Grant awards will range between $2,500 and $15,000, covering up to 75% of project costs.

Please read through the program background, eligibility and application form, which can be found here.

All applications should be submitted to by March 2, 2018 at noon PST.

Arts and culture funding increases in BC Budget 2018

The BC Museums Association applauds the BC Government for new funding announced today for the arts, cultural heritage and creative industries sectors:

  • $15 million increase over three years to the BC Arts Council
  • $50 million in funding to First Peoples’ Cultural Council to support the revitalization of Indigenous languages
  • $3 million increase to Creative BC
  • $6 million to increase funding to Aboriginal Friendship Centres

Earlier this year, the BC Museums Association made a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services advocating for increased funding for museums, culture and heritage. In response to our submission, and those made by other organizations including Heritage BC and the Alliance for Arts and Culture, the Standing Committee recommended that the provincial government increase funding to BC Arts Council, increase funding to small museums, Indigenous cultural centres and organizations in the heritage sector and to create a capital arts infrastructure fund to support museums and cultural facilities throughout the province. We are delighted to see the Province beginning to address those recommendations with BC Budget 2018.


Learn more about BC Budget 2018 here

Read the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services consultation report and recommendations (see sections 9 and 12)

BCMA Welcomes NetX as Webinar Sponsor

The BCMA is excited to welcome NetX as a webinar sponsor in March!

The BCMA launched a webinar sponsorship package in 2018 for organizations and individuals interested in increasing their visibility among BCMA members and across Canada.  Our webinar series grew exponentially in its first year, with webinars seeing over 65 participants and a very high value rating.  Attendance has continued to spread across our vast country with sign-ins from 10 Canadian provinces, and now with attendees in five US states!

Webinar sponsorship is a great way for organizations to connect and be seen by the BC (and Canadian, and International) museum community.  Service providers, support organizations, contractors, and BCMA Affiliate Members can also support the BCMA’s ongoing professional development initiatives and be seen as a leader and supporter of innovation in our field.

NetX is the first BCMA Webinar sponsor of 2018 and will be featured in the March, July and October webinars.  Webinar sponsors support the entire BCMA Webinar program, but are not involved with content selection or webinar presentation for the month they are featured.

Thank you NetX for supporting the BCMA!

More about NetX:

NetX is on a mission to improve Digital Asset Management at museums large and small.

We partner with collections, curatorial, marketing and photography teams to implement a futureproof DAM platform. Our clients include MoMA, The Met, SFMOMA, The Warhol, The National Gallery and many more. We employ a proven Onboarding methodology to ensure your success. We’re based in Portland OR, and work with Canadian government and commercial clients. Please contact us to learn more.

BCMA meeting with Community Gaming Grants staff

The BCMA had a productive meeting with Community Gaming Grants program staff earlier this month. BCMA shared information about our sector, and Gaming Grants staff had suggestions about how museums can be more successful when applying for grants. We are working with Gaming Grants staff to organize a webinar for BCMA members, but in the meantime here are a few takeaways from the meeting:

  • April 30, 2018 is the application deadline for this year’s Arts & Culture intake. Please note this is a month earlier than previous years!
  • Be proactive – don’t be afraid to contact program staff if you run into any issues with your current grant, or need help framing your application. They are there to support you.
  • Make sure you demonstrate community impact. This doesn’t have to be complicated, but make sure you provide details on the tangible benefits you provide to your community.
  • Explain your program in a way that is understandable to people who are not museum experts.
  • Community Gaming Grants are “program grants” – this is different than operating grants or project grants. One benefit of this type of grant is that operational expenses can be included as long as they are necessary to your program. For example, if you are offering an educational program for the public, operational expenses like staff time, a new boiler or collections storage that allow you to operate that program are eligible.
  • Provide documentation about in-kind contributions – for example, log your volunteer hours and attach a value to them (e.g. $10/hour for basic labour) and document donated materials and professional fees.
  • The BC Association for Charitable Gaming is a resource. They have free workshops and trained volunteers in different regions of the province who can help you write your application:
  • Be sure to read the full program guidelines each year before writing your application. Many people skip this step and miss important information.