Virtual Exhibits Investment Program

Call for Proposals 2018 for the Virtual Exhibit Investment Program is now open.

The deadline to submit your proposal is October 24, 2018 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 2018 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 Virtual Exhibit 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 Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Technical Specifications.

Back by popular demand: The Quick Pitch 

Get some guidance before preparing your proposal for evaluation. 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. 

This “quick pitch” step is optional. 

The deadline for receipt of an optional “quick pitch” for VMC feedback is July 18, 2018 at 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time. 

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 a 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 Exhibit Investment Program provides funding up to a maximum of $250,000 (excluding applicable taxes) per production. This includes mid-range projects of $50,000 to $150,000.


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 VMC Investment Programs.

More detailed information is provided in the Program Guidelines 2.1 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 Exhibit Investment Program is limited and all eligible proposals are evaluated on a competitive basis.

For more information, contact the Virtual Museum of Canada at

Date modified: June 2018