Large Investment Program

Digital Museums Canada

Relevent Country: Canada

Administered by the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) with the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Digital Museums Canada (DMC) Large Investment Program to invest in online projects by Canadian museums and heritage organizations, helping them build digital capacity and share stories and experiences with people everywhere.

Projects are developed around the organization’s chosen subject and must provide the user with a complete online experience. Examples include virtual exhibits, virtual tours, online games, web apps, educational resources and more.

Funding is available for bilingual online projects, modest or ambitious, that provide an interpretation of the subject matter and content as well as an engaging user experience. All projects must be available online for a period of five years from the launch of the project and comply with DMC’s technical requirements.

Funding Information

  • The Large investment stream provides an investment of $150,000 to $250,000 to cover eligible costs.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Large investment stream, the organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Be administered in the public interest for the primary purpose of collecting, preserving, documenting, interpreting, exhibiting and disseminating physical collections and/or intangible cultural heritage. This includes artistic, scientific, cultural and historical material.
  • Operate a permanent establishment or site accessible to the public.
  • Be an aquarium, archive, art gallery, botanical garden, cultural centre, equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organization, exhibition centre, historic house, historical society, library, museum, planetarium, preservation project or site, professional cultural association or group, zoo or other organization that meets these eligibility requirements.
  • Be not-for-profit.
  • Not be a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio.


  • Any organization previously funded by the Virtual Museum of Canada (now called “Digital Museums Canada”) that wishes to submit a proposal in this call for proposals must have launched online any DMC-funded projects prior to the call deadline. That is, a new proposal cannot be submitted if a previously funded one is still in development.
  • DMC reserves the right to request proof of eligibility at any time during the application and proposal review processes, and to make a determination on eligibility in certain cases.