Grants and Funding Programs for Archives in British Columbia

The following is a general listing of funding opportunities available to archives in British Columbia.

Detailed descriptions of these programs are provided below. Eligibility criteria are different for each opportunity; please review all applicable guidelines.

For questions or advice on completing an application, please contact:

AABC Education and Advisory Service

Federal Government Supported Programs

Provincial Government Supported Programs

  • Community Gaming Grants
  • In 2001, the British Columbia provincial government eliminated grant funding programs specifically allocated for community archives and archival organizations in BC. The Community Archives Assistance Program (CAAP) and the Community Archives Advisory and Training Program (CAAT) were discontinued.

Other Programs

Other Resources

  • Heritage Canada Foundation
    List of foundations and other financial aid organizations, including governments, supporting heritage conservation in Canada

National Archival Development Program - Canadian Council of Archives

2012-2013 NADP Funding applications information - Note: Based on information posted on April 30, 2012 to the ARCAN-L mailing list by Lara Wilson, Chair of the Canadian Council of Archives, Library and Archives Achives has eliminated funding NADP effectively immediately and therefore no money will be available for 2012-2013.

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage - Department of Canadian Heritage

Application deadlines: see department site for deadlines

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program provides funding for local arts and heritage festivals and community historical anniversaries programming.

For more information, see the Department of Canadian Heritage website

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund - Department of Canadian Heritage

Application deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year. See the website for more details.

Through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Department of Canadian Heritage provides funding to successful applicants of up to 33 per cent of total eligible project costs for construction and renovation of arts and heritage facilities as well as for projects that transform buildings that were not previously used for cultural purposes into arts or heritage facilities.

The Department also provides funding to successful applicants of up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs for specialized equipment purchases and feasibility studies.

For information and online application forms, consult the Department of Canadian Heritage website

Young Canada Works - Canadian Council of Archives

Application deadline: February 3, 2014

Young Canada Works is a Department of Canadian Heritage program that provides funding for organizations to hire youth (under the age of 30) to carry out a wide range of archival projects. The Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) is the delivery organization for the archival community.

For more information, see the Canadian Council of Archives website

World War Commemorations Community Fund

 From 2014 to 2020 , Canada is marking the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. The World War Commemorations Community Fund is a year-long funding initiative, starting on April 1, 2015 and ending on March 31, 2016 . Funding is available in the form of grants and contributions for community-based commemorative and educational projects that foster a greater awareness and understanding among Canadians of the importance of the world wars in the country's history so that they may gain an appreciation of its impact on the Canada we know today and develop an increased sense of identity and pride.

Application deadline: April 2, 2015

For more information, see the World War Commemorations Community Fund page of Canada 150.

Community Gaming Grants - BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Application deadline: Between February 1 and May 31 each year for the Arts and Culture sector. Final notification is by August 31 of each year.

Community Gaming Grants allow non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues to support direct delivery of a program that benefits the broader community. Local organizations can apply for up to $100,000 per year. As of June 2011, programs must target youth 18 years and under in the broader community.

For more information and eligibility criteria, see the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General website.

British Columbia History Digitization Program - Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Application deadline: December 13, 2013 for 2014 applications

The BC History Digitization Program is sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. The program provides financial support for digitization projects providing online access to unique British Columbia historical materials. For information, consult the BC History Digitization Program page on the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre web site.

Heritage Trust Project - EMC Corporation

Application deadline: see EMC site for deadlines

The EMC Heritage Trust Project funds digitization projects throughout the world. Grants of up to $15,000 are provided; no matching funds are required. The Lumby Historical Society was awarded a $10,000 grant in the 2012 funding cycle to "digitize photographs and taped interviews depicting the 100-year history of the mining, logging and farming community. The grant will also help pay for a professional archivist to train the museum's volunteer staff on archival practices." For more information about this award, see this EMC Press Release.

For information and application forms, see the EMC website

History Education Network

Application deadline: THEN/HiER will consider requests for funding throughout the year.

The History Education Network (THEN) is devoted to the improvement of history teaching and learning by bringing together academic historians, public historians in museums, archives and historic sites, practicing teachers, researchers based in faculties of education, and curriculum policy makers. THEN provides up to $2500 in funding for small projects related to history teaching and learning in Canada.

For application information, consult the History Education Network Funding Programs page

Terry Reksten Memorial Fund - Friends of the British Columbia Archives

Application deadline: June 30

The Fund annually offers two awards of $1,000 each to a community archives in British Columbia to assist in the work of acquiring, preserving, indexing or disseminating information on the archival documentary heritage of British Columbia in the broadest sense of the word. The awards are administered by the Friends of the British Columbia Archives.

Note: Grant applications by e-mail are preferred.

For more information see the Royal BC Museum website or email

QUESTIONS about submitting an application?

Please contact the AABC Education and Advisory Archivist by email.

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