Virtual Exhibits Investment Stream

Call for Proposals 2019 for the Virtual Exhibits investment stream is now open.

The deadline to submit your proposals is October 23, 2019 at 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The Virtual Exhibits investment stream 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 2019 Call for Proposals, eligible 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. Eligible institutions are invited to submit a proposal for an online product on the subject of their choice.

Online products that receive funding through the Virtual Exhibits investment stream 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.

The Quick Pitch

Get some guidance before you prepare your full proposal. For a 4-week period at the beginning of the call for proposals, institutions can complete a brief questionnaire outlining their project idea, and submit it for feedback, one time only.

The quick pitch is still optional this year.

The deadline to submit a quick pitch for VMC feedback is July 17, 2019 at 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Value of Investment

The Virtual Exhibits investment stream includes two sizes of investment:

  • a medium investment of $50,000 to $150,000 (excluding applicable taxes)
  • a large investment of $150,000 to $250,000 (excluding applicable taxes)

Eligibility

Not-for-profit Canadian museums and heritage organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible.

Members of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio, and institutions currently working on a VMC-funded project that will not launch before the closing date of this call for proposals, are ineligible.

More detailed information is provided in the Program Guidelines – Eligibility.

Evaluation

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

The budget of the Virtual Exhibits investment stream is limited and all eligible proposals are evaluated on a competitive basis. For more information, contact the Virtual Museum of Canada at vmc.proposals@historymuseum.ca

Date modified: June 2019