Eligibility

Canadian museums and heritage organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible to apply to the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Program.

To be eligible, the institution submitting the proposal must:

  • have completed any previous VMC-funded project prior to the deadline for this call for proposals – October 23, 2019
  • not be a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio
  • be not-for-profit
  • operate a permanent physical establishment or site open to the public
  • 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. This includes artistic, scientific, cultural and historical material
  • be an aquarium, archive, art gallery, botanical garden, cultural centre, equivalent Indigenous Peoples’ organization, exhibition centre, historic house, historical society, library, museum, planetarium, preservation project or site, professional cultural association or group, zoo, or other organization that meets the requirements above[1]

The VMC reserves the right to request proof of eligibility at any time during the proposal review process.

Notes: Institutions can submit more than one proposal in a call for proposals. However, the VMC will not invest in more than one project at a time from any institution.

The VMC may reject a proposal if it determines that the institution’s performance on another VMC contract was unsatisfactory or sufficiently poor to jeopardize the successful completion of a new project.


[1] According to the ICOM Statutes, adopted during the 21st General Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2007:

‘A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.’

This definition is a reference in the international community.

Date modified: June 2019