Small investment | Digital Museums Canada

Small investment

For a "Community Stories" project created with a template and including an investment of $15,000.
Deadline: December 1, 2022

Status

open

Investment

$15,000

Limit

One (1) project at a time per applicant

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Eligibility

Canadian museums and heritage organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible for the Digital Museums Canada (DMC) investment program.

To be eligible for the Small 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 year-round or seasonally
  • 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.[2] 
  • Be not-for-profit.
  • Not be a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio. 
  • Have a maximum of five (5) permanent, paid employees working full-time, which corresponds to 30 hours or more of work per week. Organizations run entirely by volunteers are also eligible. (For information on DMC investment streams for larger museums, please refer to the Medium and Large investment streams.

Notes: 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 proposal review process and determine an organization’s eligibility in certain cases. 

[2] According to the International Council of Museums (ICOM) statutes adopted in 2007 during the 21st General Conference in Vienna, Austria: “A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.” This definition is a reference in the international community. 

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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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