BC celebrates Family Day February 12 – February 15, 2021!

Family Day was introduced in BC in 2013 to recognize the great contributions that families make to our lives, our communities and our province. Supporting families is essential to building strong, happy, and healthy communities. In celebration of this important day, special activities in communities around the province are being held for families to enjoy, both in person and digitally, throughout the Family Day weekend. View the Press Release.

The Province of British Columbia is partnering with BCMA for the third consecutive year, to provide one-time grants to support local museums, art galleries, cultural institutions and First Nations communities in coordinating family-based, admission-free community activities. BCMA will ensure that families throughout British Columbia will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of cultural activities, both in-person and online, free of charge.

View this year’s BC Family Day Activities!

 

Digital Activities

Grants up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to eligible organizations to cover a portion of the costs associated with delivering a free virtual Family Day activity. Eligible costs include but are not limited to: materials, hiring artists, software subscriptions, equipment rentals, marketing, etc.

In-Person Activities

Grants up to a maximum of $1,250 are available to eligible organizations to cover a portion of the costs associated with delivering a free community Family Day activity. Eligible costs include but are not limited to: facility costs, hiring artists, COVID-19 safety, equipment rentals, etc. NOTE: Should any approved in-person activities be unable to proceed due to Provincial Health Orders or other circumstances, the recipient will be encouraged to shift to an online activity, if possible. No additional application process will be required.

 

Family Day Activity Grant Criteria:

In order to qualify for a grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your organization must be a current BC Museums Association Member. For information about our membership program, please visit our website. [NOTE: First Nations groups and Indigenous Cultural Centres are encouraged to apply. If obtaining a BCMA membership is a barrier to your organization, the BCMA may waive this part of the criteria. Please get in touch if this is a concern: admin@museumsassn.bc.ca.]
  • Your proposed activity must take place within the applicant’s community during BC Family Day long weekend (i.e., February 12, 13, 14, or 15, 2021).  
  • Your proposed Family Day activity must be free and accessible to everyone and all ages. 
  • There must be no financial requirements of the general public to participate.
  • Your proposed Family Day activity must be family-oriented.
  • Your proposed Family Day activity must be designated and “branded” as a BC Family Day activity.
  • Any proposed in-person Family Day activities must adhere to current Provincial Health Orders and safety measures being taken must be demonstrated in the application. BCMA provides guidelines for the safe operations of cultural sites during COVID-19. Family Day 2021 recipients will be notified as these guidelines are updated to adhere to Provincial Health Orders. If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact BCMA at bcma@museumsassn.bc.ca.

Other important things to know:

  • We will only award one grant per activity location.
  • The grant is intended to cover a portion of the activities’ costs.
  • Grant awards are up to $1,000 for online activities and up to $1,250 for in-person activities to account for the increased health and safety costs.
  • Awards will be based on the projected impact of your activity in your community and your organization’s need.
  • Grant awards will prioritize that a diversity of regions and institutions are represented in the final recipient list.
  • The goal of this program is to distribute funds to as many communities as possible to help BC families gain access to our wonderful arts and cultural heritage institutions on BC Family Day 2021.
  • You must acknowledge the financial support of the Provincial Government in any activity promotional material with the language: “This activity is supported by the Province of British Columbia.”
  • Your approved activity will be posted on the BCMA Family Day Community Activity Listing page.
  • You will be required to submit a brief post-activity report by February 26, 2021

NOTE: Should any approved in-person activities be unable to proceed due to Provincial Health Orders or other circumstances, the recipient will be encouraged to shift to an online activity, if possible. No additional application process will be required.

 

The application deadline has passed. 

Successful applicants are required to complete a brief report on their Family Day Activity. Please contact bcma@museumsassn.bc.ca with questions. 

Complete the Online Report

 

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.