Community Stories (formerly Community Memories) Investment Program

Call for Proposals

Eligible institutions and organizations are invited to submit proposals to the Virtual Museum of Canada’s Community Stories (formerly Community Memories) Investment Program for the production of online local history exhibits. All proposals must be submitted via email. In order to complete your submission, please download the guidelines, the form and the templates below.

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Download the Guidelines (PDF 1.7 MB)
Download the Proposal Form (PDF 950 kb)
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Download the Production Schedule template (.doc 105 kb)
Download the Budget template (.xls 37 kb)
See a sample Community Stories exhibit

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Program Overview

Community Stories (formerly Community Memories) is an investment program that enables small community museums to develop bilingual online community-focussed exhibits to share with all Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).

The objectives of Community Stories are to:

  • tell the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities and make them accessible to all Canadians;
  • strengthen the capacity of Canada’s community museums to create digital content for use online;
  • increase the Web presence of Canada’s community museums;
  • stimulate community/museum partnerships in the development of online local history exhibits; and
  • engage Canadians in sharing their personal heritage with others.

Community Stories is not a Grants and Contribution program. As the organization that manages the Virtual Museum of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) enters into agreements with participating museums for the creation of Community Stories exhibits.

Eligible Institutions

To be eligible for Community Stories investment funding, your 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 objects, documents and/or specimens of educational and cultural value. This includes artistic, scientific (inanimate or live), cultural and historical material;
  • 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. Full-time is defined as 30 hours or more of work per week. Institutions that are entirely volunteer-run are also eligible. (For information on VMC investment programs for larger museums, please see the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program);
  • have completed and launched any previous exhibit for which it received investment in an earlier Call for Proposals from the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), who previously administered the program, or the CMH. This applies to investment from both the Community Stories (formerly Community Memories) and Virtual Exhibits investment programs. Note: You do not need to have received prior investment from the VMC to submit a proposal.

The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) reserves the right to request proof of eligibility from applicants at any time during the proposal review process.

NOTE: For the purposes of Community Stories, “community” is not defined geographically. Rather, a community is defined as a group that shares a common history or interest, and that may be situated in a specific location in Canada.