New Grant Program: “British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada.”
To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the Province of BC has launched 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.This program offers one-time grants of up to $100,000. Non-profit organizations with a culture or heritage mandate, Band Councils, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, local governments and post-secondary institutions responsible for a museum, archive or historic place are eligible for this funding.

Application deadline: February 10, 2017. Visit our Grants page for more information including how to apply.


The BCMA awards program was established in the 1970s to recognize individuals, institutions and companies who have made a significant or unique contribution to BC’s museums, art galleries and heritage community. Called the BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement, it serves to recognize contributions made in three categories:

The Distinguished Service Award, The Corporate Service Award and The Award of Merit (up to 3 awards).


BCMA Council with 2016 Awards Recipients. Courtesy of Destrubé Photography.

To see a history of the awards, see our Awards History page.


The Bursaries Program for the BC Museums Association includes two bursaries that may be awarded annually: