Community Stories Investment Program

The Community Stories Investment Program helps smaller Canadian museums and heritage organizations work with their communities to develop virtual exhibits that engage online audiences in the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities.

The call for proposals is now open.
(November 14, 2018 – February 6, 2019)

Call for Proposals

Eligible Canadian institutions and organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are invited to submit proposals to the Virtual Museum of Canada’s Community Stories Investment Program for the production of online local history exhibits. In order to complete your submission, please download the guidelines, the form and the templates below.

Proposals must be submitted by email to by the deadline of February 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Download the Guidelines (PDF 4.3 mb)

This is a fillable form. If the link above does not automatically download the form, try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save Link As…”.

Download the Production Schedule template (DOCX 31 kb)
Download the Budget template (XLSX 16 kb)
See most recent samples of Community Stories exhibits


Virtual exhibits are developed in a user-friendly template, custom-built for the Community Stories program.

Value of Investment

The total VMC funding available for any project is $15,000 (excluding GST/HST). In order to attain the expected language quality, and depending on the scope of the project content, the total budget amount dedicated to text preparation for any project should range from $6,000 – $8,000. This includes: writing, editing, translation, and comparative editing of both official languages.


To be eligible an institution must:

  • be a public or private not-for-profit;
  • have a permanent bricks and mortar building or site, open to the public seasonally or year-round;
  • 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;
  • be a museum, art gallery, exhibition centre, botanical garden, zoo, aquarium, planetarium, historical society, historic house, library, archives, preservation project or site, professional cultural association or group which meets the aforementioned requirements;
  • have no more than five permanent full-time paid staff; and,
  • have completed and launched any previous project for which it received investment from the Virtual Museum of Canada (applies to Community Stories and Virtual Exhibits programs). Note: You do not need to have received prior investment from the VMC to submit a proposal.

NOTE: For the purposes of the program, “community” is defined as a group that shares a common history or interest, and that may be situated in a specific location in Canada.


The budget of the Program is limited. Eligible proposals are evaluated on a competitive basis.