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Small investment

For a "Community Stories" project created with a template and including an investment of $15,000.
Next call: June 15, 2023
Call closes: December 1, 2023






One (1) project at a time per applicant

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Canadian museums, heritage, cultural and indigenous organizations are eligible for the Digital Museums Canada (DMC) investment program. Organizations cannot be a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio.

To apply for DMC funding, eligible organizations must satisfy Part 1: Primary Purpose & Mandate and Part 2: Legal Status.


The applicant organization MUST be a:

1) Museum, heritage, cultural or Indigenous* organization:

  • Established and operating in Canada
  • Operating a physical establishment or site open to the public OR providing programming to the public offered in various locations or via a website

Some examples of eligible organizations include museums, archives, aquariums, art galleries, artist-run-centres, botanical gardens, cultural centres, historic sites, historical societies, indigenous organizations, planetariums, zoos, etc.

* Indigenous organizations must be mandated to support and/or preserve Indigenous heritage and culture.


2) The primary purpose of the organization as articulated in its mandate MUST be to engage the public in at least 4 of the following functions**:

  • exhibiting
  • programming
  • researching
  • collecting
  • preserving
  • documenting
  • disseminating

Organizations will need to provide the mandate statement.

** This includes artistic, scientific, cultural, traditional, and historical material. Collections may be physical, and/or intangible cultural heritage.


At the time of submitting a proposal (on or before December 1), the applicant organization has been in existence at least 1 year and be one or more of the following:

1. A registered charity

According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), a registered charity is a corporate body or trust that is registered under the Income Tax Act and can issue tax receipts to donors for income tax purposes.


2. An incorporated not-for-profit (NPO) federally or provincially

According to the CRA, to be considered an NPO, no part of the income of such an organization can be payable to or available for the personal benefit of any proprietor, member, or shareholder.


3. An Indigenous nation, group or organization that operates similarly to a not-for-profit and supports Indigenous heritage and culture.


4. A municipal, provincial or band heritage organization, or university-affiliated organization

The organization must operate independently at arms-length and have a distinct mandate, staff and governance structure.

Prior to beginning beginning the proposal, if the organization is unsure of its eligibility, please contact The deadline to submit for review is November 10. DMC will respond by November 17.

Should the organization decide to proceed with a proposal prior to an eligibility review by DMC, they agree to acknowledge that the organization may not qualify for DMC funding, and that the proposal may be rejected on the basis of eligibility.

Note: Any organization previously funded by Digital Museums Canada that wishes to submit a proposal in this Call for Proposals must have completed any DMC-funded projects prior to the call deadline of December 1, 2023. 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 proposal review process and to make a determination on eligibility in certain cases.

We funded their project

" The idea… [for our] exhibition... first took the form of a somewhat crazy project. The support and expertise of the DMC team enabled us to make this dream a reality and give it a visibility that would not have been possible without this partnership. [Translation] "

Myriam Mathieu-Bédard, Geneviève Bergeron

Centre d'interprétation de la Côte-de-Beaupré (Aux Trois Couvents)


Portraits of Our Ancestors

Centre d'interprétation de la Côte-de-Beaupré (Aux Trois Couvents) 2020

" Our project had been in the works for a long time, but the shape of the resulting exhibition was unknown before we found a great fit with the structure provided by DMC. "

Emma Carey

Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives


White Pine College: Gillies Mill and the Village of Braeside

Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives 2020

" I really appreciate all the help and support that the DMC provided. I could not have done this exhibit without the DMC. Thank you. "

Lorri Dauncey

Central Okanagan Heritage Society


Advance with Courage: Lord and Lady Aberdeen in the Okanagan Valley

Central Okanagan Heritage Society 2019

" Creating an exhibition for DMC is leaving Canadians a part of their history as a legacy. It is bequeathing a quality product through a simple process. One doesn't have to be a computer programmer or a graphics pro. A passion for your history is all that's needed! [Translation] "

Marie-Jo Cormier

Corporation du Patrimoine de Rivière-Bleue


The Hidden Past of Rivière-Bleue

Corporation du Patrimoine de Rivière-Bleue 2020

" The project has been a rewarding one for our organization and this exhibit will be an important instrument in our ongoing work to influence education curriculum content here in British Columbia. "

Fran Morrison

BC Black History Awareness Society


British Columbia’s Black Pioneers: Influencing the Vision of Canada

BC Black History Awareness Society 2020

" DMC was an ideal partner for telling… [our] story... Their platform allows us to reach beyond our walls to virtual visitors around the world in both official languages. "

Alexander Gates

Canadian Automotive Museum


Oshawa’s Automotive Community

The Canadian Automotive Museum 2020

" Faced with the rigour of the exercise and the expertise of DMC… [our] valiant team is emerging more experienced, more competent, and, above all, proud to have included this gem of a story in this great history. [Translation] "

Marie Anne Rainville and Catherine Melançon

Musée maritime de Charlevoix


The Desgagnés: Two Centuries of Schooners

Musée maritime de Charlevoix 2020

" The support offered by DMC has allowed us to leave our comfort zone in terms of exhibition scripting and to explore new avenues.... It was a very educational creative process for all team members... [Translation] "

Mélanie Séguin

Conseil Arts et Culture de Saint-Eustache


Focus on Firefighting: Voices of the Saint-Eustache Fire Safety Department

Conseil Arts et Culture de Saint-Eustache 2020

" Our project had been in the works for a long time, but the shape of the resulting exhibition was unknown before we found a great fit with the structure provided by DMC. "

Emma Carey

Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives


White Pine College: Gillies Mill and the Village of Braeside

Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives 2020

" The funding and helpful guidance we received from DMC made it easy to share our… community story with the world. A great program to help community museums get their stories online. "

Neil Burgess

Bell Island Heritage Society


When World War II Came to Bell Island, Newfoundland

Bell Island Heritage Society and Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland and Labrador 2020

" The visual format and user-friendly software allow people with limited website development experience to easily produce a high-quality product. "

Lindsay Foreman

Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Visitor Information Centre


Knee High by the First of July: Celebrating the Legacy of Corn in the District of Kent, British Columbia

The Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society 2019

"Our exhibit project took some surprising turns and we are more than grateful for all the flexibility that DMC showed. Thanks to their support, we can share this little piece of our history with people everywhere. [Translation]"

Laurie Pagé

Culture C


The Contrecoeur Shoe: A Family Story

Culture C 2021

"[We are] proud of the high quality of the final results and of having a virtual showcase to reach Canadians and enable them to meet OUR MAUDE, a unique woman with an exceptional destiny. [Translation]"

Lyne St-Jacques

Musée régional d'Argenteuil

Black and white photograph of Maude Abbott as a young adult, from the waist up. She is wearing a graduation gown. Her dark hair is tied behind her head and she is looking slightly to her left.

In the footsteps of Maude Abbott

Musée régional d’Argenteuil 2021

"This exhibit features classic, as well as untold, stories of the women of the region. We have given our all to produce a bilingual exhibit that is accessible to everyone and that shares the lives of Sooke women, past and present, with the world."


Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre

A black and white photograph of women skipping with a jump rope in a field.

Women of the Sooke Region: From Pioneers to the Modern Wonder Woman

Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre 2021

"This investment from the DMC has enabled our archives to share the inspiring stories of early Canadian women in STEM using a wide variety of engaging historical material from our collection."


The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women's College Hospital


Women in Medical Research – A History of Innovation

The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women’s College Hospital 2022