The Small investment stream helps small community museums and heritage organizations develop bilingual online community-focussed exhibits to share with Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).
- The objectives of this stream are to:
- tell the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities and make them accessible to all Canadians
- strengthen the capacity of Canada’s community museums to create digital content for use online
- increase the Web presence of Canada’s community museums
- stimulate community/museum collaboration in the development of online local history exhibits called Community Stories
- engage Canadians in sharing their personal heritage with others
- There are three streams in the VMC investment program. The Small investment stream provides a $15,000 investment, and a template, to create a Community Stories online exhibit.
- The Medium stream provides an investment of $50,000 to $150,000, and the Large stream an investment of $150,000 to $250,000. Both of these streams require institutions to work with the technology provider of their choice.
- As the organization that manages the VMC, the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) enters into agreements with awarded institutions. Projects are developed, approved and paid out in phases, and are supported by VMC staff.
NOTE: For the purposes of the Small investment stream, “community” is not defined geographically. Rather, a community is defined as a group that shares a common history or interest, and that may be situated in a specific location in Canada.
- Canadian museums and heritage organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible to submit a proposal to the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Small investment stream.
To be eligible, the institution submitting the proposal must:
- 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 seasonally or yearround.
- 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
- Have no more than five permanent full-time paid staff. Full-time is defined as 30 hours or more of work per week. Institutions that are entirely volunteer-run are also eligible.
- Have completed any previous Virtual Museum of Canada-funded projects prior to the deadline for this call for proposals
- The CMH reserves the right to request proof of eligibility from applicants at any time during the proposal review process, and to make a determination on eligibility in certain cases.