B.C. celebrates Family on February 18, 2019!

Family Day was introduced in B.C. 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. B.C. Family Day is a day to get together with loved ones. In celebration of this important day, special events and activities in communities around the province are being held Family Day Weekend for families to enjoy.


The Province of British Columbia, in partnership with the B.C. Museums Association, is providing one-time grants to support local museums, art galleries, historic places, cultural heritage institutions and First Nations communities in coordinating, family-based, admission-free, Family Day events.


Click here to see a list of upcoming Family Day events happening near you!


Family Day Event Grant Criteria:

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

  • Your organization must be a current BC Museums Association Institutional Member. For information about our membership program, please visit our website.
    • [NOTE: If obtaining a membership in the BCMA is a barrier for your organization, the BCMA may choose to waive this part of the criteria. Please get in touch with us if this is a concern:  grants@museumsassn.bc.ca.] 
  • We are also encouraging and considering applications from First Nations communities to support artistic and cultural Family Day programming.
  • Your proposed event must take place within British Columbia and specifically the applicant’s community during BC Family Day long weekend (i.e. February  15, 16, 17 or 18, 2019).  
  • Your proposed event must be hosted and produced by a local museum, art gallery, historic place and/or First Nation community.
  • Your proposed Family Day event must be free and accessible to everyone and all ages.  ***Please note there must be no financial requirements of the general public to attend the event.
  • Your proposed Family Day event must be family-oriented.
  • Your proposed Family Day event must be designated and “branded” as a Family Day event.


Other important things to know:

  • We will only award one grant per event location.
  • The grant is intended to cover a portion of the events’ costs for:  participant fees, facility fees, equipment, staffing, refreshments, etc.
  • We encourage applications from First Nations communities to support artistic and cultural Family Day programming.
  • Applications will generally be approved on a first-come, first-served basis, although some funds may be reserved to ensure a diversity of regions and institutions are represented in the final recipient list.
  • The goal of this program is to distribute funds in as many communities as possible to help B.C. families gain access to our wonderful arts and cultural heritage institutions on BC Family Day 2019.
  • You must acknowledge the financial support of the Provincial Government in any event promotional material with the language:  “This event is supported by the Province of British Columbia.”
    • In addition to the acknowledgement phrase stated above, you should also include a BC Family Day logo. The suite of logos is available online:  BC Family Day logos.  Please be aware that you will be required to get approval from the Province before using this logo by submitting in advance The Application for Third Party Use which is also located on the BC Family Day Logos webpage.
  • You will be required to submit a brief post-event report.
  • Your approved event will be posted on the BCMA Family Day Community Event Listing page.


BC Family Day Grant Recipients Final Report
If you received funds for BC Family Day 2019, you will be required to submit an online report to BCMA no later than March 8, 2019.
Please note that you will not be able to save the online report. You may wish to prepare your answers in advance and cut-and-paste into the form. A sample report is available for download here: Family Day Final Report – for grant recipients.



For more information, please contact:  grants@museumsassn.bc.ca.