New Grant Program: “British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada.”


On January 16, 2017 the Province of British Columbia announced British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada, a new funding program designed to invest $7.6 million in legacy, culture and heritage projects in communities throughout the province as part of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The BC Museums Association is honoured to administer this grant on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, with the support of Heritage BC.

We received an overwhelming response to this exciting grant opportunity:

  • 416 eligible applications from all across the province
  • Total value of requests: $24,335,311

It is clear that there are many exciting initiatives happening throughout British Columbia!

The application period closed on February 10, 2017 and we are no longer accepting applications to this grant program. We thank everyone for their application to the program and for the work you are doing to honour our province’s history and culture. We wish you all the best as we move into the next stage of adjudication.

Adjudication of Grants

Eligible applications will be put forward for assessment by representatives from the BC Museums Association and Heritage BC. Recommendations will be submitted to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for final review and approval.

Notification of Successful Applicants

Successful applicants and their projects will be announced in mid to late March 2017. We will be emailing all applicants with results of their application once the successful applicants have been announced. This information will also be available on the BC Museums Association website.

Receipt of Funds

We expect to provide funding to successful applicants by May 2017. Successful applicants will be provided with a contribution agreement that outlines reporting requirements, as well as requirements for recognizing the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. This letter of agreement must be signed and returned to the BCMA before funds will be disbursed.

Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report no later than March 31, 2018. A template for the final report will be provided.

BC | Canada 150 Grant Program Overview

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 museums 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.

Projects must begin after February 10, 2017 and be complete by March 1, 2018. Review the program guidelines (click link to view PDF) for more information.


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 were eligible for this funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still unable to find answers to your questions, please give us a call or send us an email.

Contact information

For questions or additional information, please contact Anissa Paulsen, the BC Museums Association’s Program Officer, at or 250-356-5700.