Other Funding Opportunities

BCMA maintains a list of outside funding opportunities available to cultural heritage organizations. If you notice one is missing, please let us know at bcma@museum.bc.ca


BCAC: Arts Infrastructure Program

Project Assistance: Arts Infrastructure enables eligible organizations to develop and enhance spaces that support the work of B.C.’s arts and cultural practitioners.

BCAC: Arts Impact Grant

The Arts Impact Grant is a responsive and flexible funding program. This grant allows applicants to prioritize a project that will provide the most necessary and meaningful impact to their organization, practice, and/or community during this time of recovery, renewal, and change.

CCA: Strategic Innovation Fund

Our innovation fund responds to the arts sector’s aspirations to build back better. Together, we can develop a stronger, and more equitable, inclusive and sustainable arts sector. So which problem would you like to solve? Whether you’re looking to develop a new business model, go digital, contribute to a greener arts sector, or advance equity, diversity and inclusion, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Strategic Innovation Fund can support you every step of the way.

150 Time Immemorial Grant Program Summary Heritage BC

The 150 Time Immemorial grant program aims to advance reconciliation and learning; promote a diverse and inclusive society including honouring underrepresented and marginalized communities in our history (Indigenous people, black people, and people of color (IBPOC), members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, people with disabilities, and women), and support resiliency into the next 150 years.

Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

Canada Council: Digital Generator

Digital Generator is a short-term initiative to support Canadian arts groups, collectives, and organizations to build their digital capacity and transform their business model and operations.

Canada Council: Digital Greenhouse

The Digital Greenhouse is a digital innovation initiative for Canadian individuals, groups and organizations. It supports short-term projects that leverage digital technology to address sectoral and digital challenges.


ArtsVest BC

The artsVest program is designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture through training workshops and matching incentive funds. Each matching dollar in the community generates an average of $3.75 in additional business sponsorship.

British Columbia Arts Council

The BC Arts Council is an independent agency supporting arts and culture, focusing on financial assistance, research, advocacy and public education. The council provides grants to artists and arts organizations including galleries and museums. For more information, please visit their website.

British Columbia History Digitization Program

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s annual funding program provides matching financial contributions for institutions doing digitization projects related to British Columbian history. Projects can be multi-year initiatives. Funding is open to all institutions with preservation of historical British Columbia materials as their mandate – this includes libraries, historical societies, archives and private or public institutions.

BC Community, Culture, and Recreation Program

The Community, Culture, and Recreation (CCR) Program supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province. On June 25, 2020, the Canadian and British Columbian governments committed up to $100.6 million towards the second intake of the Community, Culture, and Recreation Program to support cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the Province. For more information, visit the program website.

BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture: International Presence Funding

The Provincial Government is supporting activities that raise the global profile of B.C. artists by committing funding to the International Presence Program. The intake for 2020 has closed, but keep an eye out for the program in 2021. For more information, visit the International Presence Funding website.

BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture: Multiculturalism Grant Program

Registered non-profit and charitable organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 in funding for activities, programs and events in communities across the province to engage public participation in building cross-cultural and intercultural interaction, trust and understanding, or challenge racism, hate and systemic barriers. For more information and the application form, visit the Multiculturalism Grant Program website.

BC Rural Dividend Program

This grant program is open to proposals for planning and capital projects from arts, heritage & historical societies, community arts councils and local governments, including First Nations Band Councils, in BC communities of fewer than 25,000 that are outside the Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District.

Canada Council for the Arts Granting Programs

Canada Council grants are available to artists, artistic groups and organizations. For more information, please visit their website.

Canada Council for the Arts Strategic Funds

In addition to granting programs, the Canada Council also makes use of strategic funds. These are special funding mechanisms created in response to particular issues. For more information about the Strategic Funds, visit their website.

Canadian Heritage: Museums Assistance Program

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions. The MAP provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions through five separate components: Access to Heritage, Exhibition Circulation Fund, Indigenous Heritage, Collections Management, and Canada-France Agreement

Canadian Heritage: Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage Program

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program was created to help you celebrate your community – both its past and its present. This program increases opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists to be involved in their community through festivals, events and projects. It also allows local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program offers funding through three separate components: the Legacy Fund, Local Festivals and Community Anniversaries.

Canadian Heritage: Canada Cultural Investments Fund

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund encourages private sector investment, partnership and sound business practices to help arts and heritage organizations be better rooted and recognized in their communities. The Canada Cultural Investment Fund provides support through three components: Endowment Incentives Strategic Initiatives Limited Support to Endangered Arts Organizations

Canadian Heritage: Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program

The objectives of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program are to strengthen Indigenous cultural identity and participation in Canadian society; and to support the efforts of Indigenous Peoples to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages and cultures. The Program offers two funding components to eligible Indigenous organizations: the Indigenous Languages and Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting component.

Canadian Heritage: Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Program

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) is intended to help provide resources to build and improve infrastructure and facilities related to culture, arts and heritage to aid in preservation and presentation. Also to increase access to performing art and heritage and cultural exhibitions for all Canadians.

Canadian Heritage: Documentary Heritage Community Program

The Documentary Heritage Community Program ensures that Canada’s continuing memory is documented and accessible to current and future generations by adopting a more collaborative approach with local documentary heritage communities.

Canadian Heritage: Official Languages Support Programs

The Department of Canadian Heritage supports a range of Official Languages Funding Programs. The collective goal of these programs is to: promote French and English languages in Canadian society; and encourage the development of Francophone and Anglophone communities in minority situations.

National Trust for Canada

The National Trust’s Find Funding Tool contains information about and links to foundations, corporations, and government departments that support heritage conservation and events, and programming for historic places.

Other Canadian Heritage Funding Programs

For an in-depth list of other funding and assistance programs from Canadian Heritage, please visit their website.

Canadian Museums Association: Young Canada Works Program

Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and delivered by the Canadian Museums Association, the YCW program gives Canadian youth the opportunity to work and intern in museums and other related cultural organizations.

Canadian Museum of History: RBC Indigenous Internship Program

The goal of the program is to develop ways for Indigenous nations across Canada to represent their own history and culture in concert with cultural institutions. It is the only program of its kind in Canada.

Community Gaming Grants Branch: Community Gaming Grants

Community Gaming Grants support eligible not-for-profit organizations that deliver community programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia.

Community Gaming Grants Branch: Capital Project Grants

The Community Gaming Grants program distributes $5 million per year to capital projects with a total cost of more than $20,000 undertaken by eligible not-for-profit organizations.

Creative BC: Interactive Fund

The Interactive Fund is a program created in partnership between Creative BC and the BC Arts Council. The program is intended to support the production of high quality, original, interactive digital media content and software applications owned and controlled by BC companies or individuals. By investing in interactive digital media projects, we aim to position BC companies and individuals for promising new markets.

First Peoples’ Cultural Council

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council delivers grants and programs that support Indigenous arts, language and heritage in B.C. Current funding opportunities are detailed on their website.

Friends of the British Columbia Archives: Terry Reksten Memorial Fund

The Friends of the British Columbia Archives encourage local archives, historical societies, and museums to apply for grants from the Terry Reksten Memorial Fund. There are two grants available ($1,000 each) to assist community archives - with no more than three paid employees - in organizing, preserving, describing and disseminating archival records that are significant at a local or regional level.

Government of Canada: New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program. It provides funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and in their communities.

Rick Hansen Foundation: BC Accessibility Grants Program

With funding from the Province of BC, the Rick Hansen Foundation’s BC Accessibility Grants Program allows commercial, institutional, or multi-family residential buildings that have been rated through the RHF Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program to apply for funding to complete accessibility improvement projects.

Vancouver Foundation

Vancouver Foundation Community Grants support thousands of projects every year to help build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across BC.

Digital Museum of Canada: DMC Investment Programs

DMC invests in online projects by Canadian museums and heritage organizations, helping them build digital capacity and share stories and experiences with people everywhere.

WorkBC: Canada-BC Job Grant

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The employer contributes at least one-third to the cost of training, with the exception of the Unemployed stream. In all streams, the employer must have a job for the participant at the end of training.

Heritage BC: Heritage Legacy Fund

Funding is offered in four streams: Heritage Conservation Program for the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of heritage resources. Heritage Awareness Program for the research, documentation, presentation, and publication of information about specific community heritage resources. Heritage Planning Program for the creation of planning documents to assist with heritage conservation and awareness. Indigenous Partnership Program for initiatives to further reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through collaboration.