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BCMA Webinar #7 - Funding for Heritage Organizations

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Join us on the third Tuesday of every month for insightful and informative presentations on a variety of topics, delivered by BC museum professionals and special guests.

This month: Funding for Heritage Organizations

Program officers Colleen Craig and Michael Smith will give an overview of the main heritage funding programs offered by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports projects that include the creation or hosting of travelling exhibits, collection management storage or database improvements, shared best practices workshops and Indigenous heritage organizations. We’ll go over the basics of applicant and project eligibility, the assessment process, as well as what makes a strong application. We will also speak to the other programs museums may be eligible for, including the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (for renovation, construction, planning, and specialized museum equipment purchase), Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage (for activities celebrating/commemorating a community’s past through festivals, events and projects), and Celebrate Canada (for festivities celebrating National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Multiculturalism Day, and Canada Day).

Though now based in Vancouver and serving heritage organizations in BC, Yukon and Alberta, both Colleen and Michael originally come from northern BC. After a few years working in small community museums, Colleen joined Canadian Heritage in 2004. Michael is now in his second year as a MAP program officer, having moved to Canadian Heritage after 8 years with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Both are passionate about museums and are proud to be working to support Western Region’s heritage community.

BCMA members can attend these webinars for free. If you are not a member, consider joining and take advantage of our special 60th Anniversary membership deals: become a member here.

Ticket sales end 24 hours before the webinar begins.

This webinar series presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum and Archives.

Webinars, what are those?

Webinars are online presentations with a host taking participants through a video and/or PowerPoint presentations.

What level of technology do I need to be able to attend?

The BCMA uses the Zoom.us webinar platform, which requires a plug-in download. Please allow plenty of time to download (which begins automatically when you click the webinar URL). Some organizations may require IT support/approvals, so consider trying this a day or two in advance.

The BCMA webinars are best experienced with a computer, a decent Internet connection, and a set of speakers or headphones. You DO NOT need a webcam or microphone to join the webinar. Tip: make sure you are in a space where you won't be disrupted or where you won't disrupt others (if you have your speakers on).

If I don't need a webcam, how can I ask questions?

Participants can engage with the webinar by using the chat function to ask questions and add comments. The webinar host will monitor all questions and demonstrate how to use the chat function.

Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

BCMA members registering with member tickets (free) will be required to enter their member number. Member numbers and names will be cross-checked against current membership lists.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Any questions about the webinars or registration can be sent to Ben Fast, Programs & Communications Coordinator at bfast@museumsassn.bc.ca. Any advance questions for webinar presenters can also be sent to Ben and will be passed on to the presenters.

I'd rather not pay by credit card. Can you invoice me instead?

We are unable to invoice for this event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What's the refund policy?

Contact us at bcma@museumsassn.bc.ca. If cancellation is received more than 5 business days before event date, full refund is given less any EventBrite charges. If cancelled less than 5 business days before event date, refund is not given. In this case there are two options: you can either transfer your registration to someone else (see below) or, if there is a waiting list we may be able to transfer your registration to someone on this list in which case your account will be credited less any EventBrite charges.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Contact us at bcma@museumsassn.bc.ca. Your registrations can be transferred to someone else with the difference either paid or refunded. For example, if you are a Member and you transfer your registration to a Non-Member, the $10 difference would need to be paid in order for the transfer to be valid. See above for information on refunds.

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