Managed by the Canadian Museum of History (CMH), the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is a federally funded investment program that helps build digital capacity in Canadian museums and heritage organizations and gives Canadians unique access to diverse stories and experiences. Funding is available for modest to ambitious bilingual online products with interpreted content and an engaging user experience.
The Medium investment stream provides funding of $50,000 to $150,000. The Large stream provides funding of $150,000 to $250,000. The total investment for these two streams in any call for proposals is up to $2,000,000.
There is an annual call for proposals. All proposals (proposal form and support documents) must be submitted online by the deadline of October 28, 2020 at 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Only proposals that meet the eligibility requirements are evaluated by the VMC Advisory Committee on a competitive basis. Agreements are signed with institutions awarded an investment.
For the 2020 Call for Proposals, institutions are invited to submit a proposal for an online product on the subject of their choice. This type of product provides a complete online experience for users; content can be consumed in any location, without specialized equipment. Examples include virtual exhibits, virtual tours, web-based games, web applications, educational resources, and more.
Online products that receive funding through the Virtual Museum of Canada investment program must be available online 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.
Date modified: June 2020