British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada

The BC Museums Association administers and supports, when available, grant programs on behalf of the Province of British Columbia. To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the Government of British Columbia launched a one-time funding program to create legacies in B.C.’s communities by investing $7.6 million in museums and heritage sites throughout the province. The British Columbia Museums Association currently administers the program, with support from Heritage BC, on behalf of the Province. Information about this investment is below.

British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada is designed to honour the province’s unique and diverse histories, culture and heritage. This program offered one-time grants of up to $100,000 for legacy projects that:

  • Develop infrastructure: Projects that develop or improve museum spaces and facilities (including historic places).
  • Conserve historic places and heritage sites: Projects that preserve, rehabilitate or restore formally registered, designated or recognized historic places.
  • Build 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.
  • Share 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.

The grant award recipients were announced on Sunday, April 2, 2017. We are no longer accepting applications for this grant program.

For a list of successful grant recipients, click here.

To read the joint BCMA and Government of British Columbia News Release from April 2, 2017, click here.

Grants and funding sources from other organizations

We often receive requests for advice on grants and other funding opportunities available to museums, galleries and cultural heritage organizations. Please visit the grants and funding opportunities page we maintain for a list of suggested funding sources that may be useful to your project or organization.

BC Museums Association Bursaries

The BC Museums Association offers a bursary program for our members to support participation in professional development opportunities.

Contact information

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