Virtual Exhibits Investment Program

Call for Proposals 2017 for the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is now open.

The deadline to submit your proposal for the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is October 25, 2017, at 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The program helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations develop online products that engage audiences of all ages, interests and abilities in Canada’s history, heritage and culture.

For the 2017 Call for Proposals, applicant organizations are invited to submit a proposal for a new virtual exhibit, virtual tour, interactive resource or educational resource on the subject of their choice.

Online products that receive funding from the investment program must be available in both English and French, for a period of five years following the launch of the product.

All online products must comply with the VMC Technical Specifications.

Program Guidelines

Technical Specifications

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Product Types

Proposals can be submitted for the creation of the following types of products.

Note: Each product must provide a complete online experience, independent of a specific context or physical space.

Virtual Exhibit

Uses technology to reach and engage visitors with interpreted content organized around a subject and storyline.

Virtual Tour

Uses technology to provide access to and interpretation of a physical space (such as an historic site, a geographical location, or an exhibit) or of an imagined space.

Interactive Resource

Uses technology to engage visitors in active play, like a game, hunt or quiz.

Educational Resource

Uses technology to engage visitors in learning about a subject directly or indirectly related to a curriculum area.

Value of Investment

The Virtual Exhibits Investment Program provides funding up to a maximum of $250,000.00 (excluding applicable taxes) per production.

This includes mid-range projects of $50,000.00 to $150,000.00.


Public or private, not-for-profit Canadian museums and other Canadian historical, heritage and cultural organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible for submission to the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Programs.

More detailed information is provided in the Program Guidelines Eligibility.


The evaluation process is outlined in the Program Guidelines. This process takes six months from the proposal submission deadline.

The budget of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is limited and all eligible proposals are evaluated on a competitive basis.

For more information, contact the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program

Canadian Museum of History at

Date modified: June 2017