Equity and Access Bursary

Supporting equity, accessibility, and anti-racism training for staff and volunteers working in BC museums and cultural institutions.

Professional Development Bursaries

2024 Professional Development Bursaries have been allocated.

2025 Bursaries will be available in January 2025.

Questions about BCMA Bursaries? Email us.

The Bursary

The Equity and Access Bursary is awarded annually to enable staff and volunteers of our member institutions, or Individual Members currently employed at a museum, gallery or historic site, to participate in equity, accessibility, and anti-racism training. Up to $5,000 are awarded annually. Average awards range from $800 ā€“ $1,000.


Bursary applications are invited from BC Museums Association Institutional Members on behalf of staff or volunteers, or from Individual Members. There is no restriction on the training provider, but the proposed training opportunity must have a focus on equitable practice, social action, and accessibility. Organization-wide training opportunities are encouraged.

Consideration will be given to both credit and non-credit educational opportunities. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to consultant fees, tuition or registration fees, travel, and textbooks.


Applications are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Financial need of the institution or individual making the application;
  • Suitability and proven commitment of the individual(s) nominated; and,
  • Value for money of the training selected. Tuition and expenses for a credit course at a local college may be rated higher than an application for fees, travel, and accommodation for a three-day workshop in Vancouver, for example.


Explore select professional development opportunities:

Visitor and Community Engagement, Professional Specialization Certificate

The Professional Specialization Certificate in Visitor and Community Engagement (PSC in VCE) is the first of its kind in Western Canada with a focus on the public role of museums. Developing knowledge and skills in the areas of visitor experience, public programmingĀ and building community relationships, the PSC in VCE supports museum and cultural sector workers to effectively engage with Indigenous and culturally diverse communities, reach underserved audiences, and be responsive to the needs of their public(s).

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion micro certificate

The Micro-certificate in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) provides you with a robust knowledge base and essential skills to create inclusive and thriving workplaces for all. By recognizing the significance of EDI principles in both the public and private sectors, organizations are increasingly prioritizing their integration at all levels. This micro-credential is tailored for employers and employees committed to the vital work of challenging systemic and organizational barriers, examining power dynamics, and fostering equity and inclusion.

Beyond GLAM Land Acknowledgments: Activating Decolonization and Indigenization in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums

This micro-credential critically examines the work of the galleries, libraires, archives, and museums (GLAM) with a view to make space for new ways of being through practical and theoretical discussions of how to apply decolonizing and Indigenizing actions to these spaces.

Native American Museum Studies Institute (NAMSI)

Mon-Thurs, August 5-8, with an optional day on Friday, Aug. 9. NAMSI takes place primarily at UC Berkeley TheĀ Native American Museum Studies InstituteĀ helps to increase the capacity of tribal community members to repatriate, conserve, and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development exhibits. NAMSI was held annually 2012-2019 and is resuming in 2024 after a hiatus due to COVID.

HBC 2024 Conference: Prioritizing People

Help Heritage come alive through the power of people!Ā  This May 1-3, join us in learning about the benefits of putting people first in our heritage work. Explore how collaboration with local voices empowers communities to add their stories to the historical narrative, how inclusive heritage conservation centers the human experience, and how prioritizing the needs of community can ensure a more authentic and sustainable heritage legacy. Together, weā€™ll explore how putting people at the forefront leads to shared ownership and increased support for heritage. Donā€™t miss this opportunity to connect with passionate advocates and learn how to make heritage truly by and for the people.

ecosystems Symposium: Strengthening Artist Relations

This professional development opportunity will include workshops and panels curated with the care and intentionality that characterizes our work. Weā€™re proud to offer an opportunity to gain knowledge that centres anti-oppression, liberation, disability justice, and other values that we believe serve artists and arts workers. We hope that you will join us!

National Queer and Trans+ Community History Conference

The National Queer and Trans+ Community History Conference is designed to bring together 2SLGBTQ+ community members, nonprofit organizations, heritage professionals, academics, historians, and emerging scholars who have an interest in documenting, preserving, and celebrating diverse and intersectional queer and trans+ histories in Canada. This conference serves as a scholarly community gathering space to share best practices, foster research collaborations, mobilize knowledge, and build upon existing community and professional networks.

Recent Bursary Recipients:

Charlie Cook, MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver and Archives (2023)

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society (2023)

Recent Bursary Recipients

Veronica Buck, Royal BC Museum, 2024

Lucy Bell, Simon Fraser University, Haida Gwaii Museum, 2024

Emily Teh, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, 2024

Laurel Lawry, MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver and Archives, 2023

Heidi Rampfl, Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, 2023