Province of BC & BC Museums Association Offering Grants for Free Family Day Programming

The following is excerpted from a communication issued by the B.C. Museums Association.

Family Day was introduced in BC in 2013 to recognize the great contributions that families make to our lives, our communities and our province. Supporting families is essential to building strong, happy and healthy communities. BC Family Day is a day to get together with loved ones. In celebration of this important day, special events and activities in communities around the province are being held Family Day Weekend for families to enjoy. 

The Province of British Columbia, in partnership with the B.C. Museums Association, is providing one-time grants to support local museums, art galleries, historic places, cultural heritage institutions and First Nations communities in coordinating, family-based, admission-free, Family Day events.

Grants up to a maximum of $1000 are available to eligible organizations to cover a portion of the facility costs, equipment rentals, basic refreshments, etc. of a free community Family Day event.

Family Day Event Grant Criteria

In order to qualify for a grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your organization must be a current BC Museums Association Institutional Member. For information about the BCMA membership program, please visit the BCMA website.

    • [NOTE: If obtaining a membership in the BCMA is a barrier for your organization, the BCMA may choose to waive this part of the criteria. Please get in touch if this is a concern: grants@museumsassn.bc.ca.]

  • The BCMA is also encouraging and considering applications from First Nations communities to support artistic and cultural Family Day programming.

  • Your proposed event must take place within British Columbia and specifically the applicant’s community during BC Family Day long weekend (i.e., February  15, 16, 17 or 18, 2019).  

  • Your proposed Family Day event must be free and accessible to everyone and all ages.  ***Please note there must be no financial requirements of the general public to attend the event.

  • Your proposed Family Day event must be family-oriented.

  • Your proposed Family Day event must be designated and “branded” as a Family Day event.

Other important things to know

  • Only one grant will be awarded per event location.

  • The grant is intended to cover a portion of the events’ costs for: participant fees, facility fees, equipment, staffing, refreshments, etc.

  • Applications are encouraged from First Nations communities to support artistic and cultural Family Day programming.

  • Grant awards are up to $1,000. Awards will be based on projected impact of your event in your community and your organization’s need.

  • Applications will generally be approved on a first-come, first-served basis, although some funds may be reserved to ensure a diversity of regions and institutions are represented in the final recipient list.

  • The goal of this program is to distribute funds in as many communities as possible to help B.C. families gain access to our wonderful arts and cultural heritage institutions on BC Family Day 2019.

  • You must acknowledge the financial support of the Provincial Government in any event promotional material with the language: “This event is supported by the Province of British Columbia.”

  • Your approved event will be posted on the BCMA Family Day Community Event Listing page.

  • You will be required to submit a brief post-event report.

Deadlines and Information

Grant Application Deadline:  4:30 p.m. PST on February 11, 2019, or as grant funds remain available.

Applications will generally be approved on a first-come, first-served basis, although some funds may be reserved to ensure a diversity of regions and institutions are represented in the final recipient list.

To apply, click here.

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