Large investment | Digital Museums Canada

Large investment

For a project requiring an investment of $150,000 to $250,000, in collaboration with a technical team of your choice.
Next call: June 15, 2023
Call closes: December 1, 2023




Between $150,000 and $250,000


One (1) project at a time per applicant.

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These guidelines address the essential elements required to submit a proposal under the Large investment stream of the Digital Museums Canada program.

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

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

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.

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.

There is an annual call for proposals. The proposal must be submitted online before the deadline by the organization responsible for the project, also referred to as the “applicant”. Only proposals that meet the eligibility requirements will be evaluated by the DMC Advisory Committee. Agreements are signed with the organizations receiving an investment.

Notes: Applicants can submit more than one proposal in response to a call for proposals. However, DMC will only award an investment to one project at a time.

DMC may reject a proposal if it determines that an organization’s performance in another DMC-funded project has been unsatisfactory or sufficiently poor to jeopardize the success of the new project.

We funded their project

" Our project benefitted from DMC's commitment to an engaging and immersive user experience. We are now reaching new audiences and increasing our public impact through accessible, innovative digital material. "

Allison Bain

Heritage Toronto

A man is seated at a piano wearing a cape. His tall formal hat rests on the piano. His eyes are closed.

Sounds Like Toronto

Heritage Toronto 2021

" We learned a lot throughout the project, about visitor expectations and how to meet them, and ways to allow new audiences to understand a story that is not theirs but a human, universal story. [Translation] "

Alice Herscovitch

Montreal Holocaust Museum


Building New Lives: Stories of Holocaust survivors’ immigration to Canada

Montreal Holocaust Museum 2018

" …it was a discovery curve for the team to create a truly user-centered online experience accessible to more people… we appreciated the patience and guidance of DMC in helping us achieve the high standards sought by all of us. "

David Hanks

The Stewart Program for Modern Design 


Partners in Design

The Stewart Program for Modern Design 2020

" DMC's cooperation and openness has allowed us to innovate and offer an engaging visitor experience that goes beyond accessibility standards. [Translation] "

Jean-François Vachon

La Boîte Rouge VIF

Lieux de rencontres

Hanging Out

La Boîte Rouge VIF 2020

"My specialism is science, I had very little knowledge of web development. There were many accessibility and style aspects that I hadn’t considered. The DMC provided great support to us during the development of our project ‘Dive Deeper’. The final product will enable new audiences to dive in and experience life below the ocean waves."


Huntsman Marine Science Centre


Dive Deeper!

Huntsman Marine Science Centre 2022

"[This]... is the most significant digital exhibit... [we have] undertaken thus far. We had the unique task of coordinating separate creative content and web development teams and a steep learning curve with the DMC process. We appreciate the thorough guidance of the DMC team..."


Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

A bundle of sepia-toned documents on a desktop surface with a sepia-toned album and black-and-white photo of people

Writing Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Protest Letters of the 1940s

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre 2021

"With the expertise and invaluable collaboration of DMC, this project has allowed us to create an experience that enables... [people] to understand contemporary art and the works in the collection from a different angle, and that uses an interactive navigation that foster discovery and is accessible. [Translation] "


Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

Colour image. On a black background, two superimposed black-and-white images of Leonard Cohen in close-up.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal 2021