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British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP)

Matching Grants to British Columbia Organizations, Agencies,
and IHEs to Increase Digital Access to Historical Resources

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Foundation / Corporation

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University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

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Grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia organizations, agencies, and IHEs for digitization projects that result in free online access to local historical material. Eligible applicants for this grant program include museums, libraries, historical societies, archives, and post-secondary institutions.

The goal of the BCHPD is to promote and enhance access to unique British Columbia historical materials by providing financial support for digitization activities. 

Eligible Expenses:

  • Salaries and Wages
  • Equipment and Software Costs
  • Professional/consultant fees and services
  • Project Management

BCHDP applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Propose the digitization of unique British Columbia content
  • Focus on the needs of users interested in British Columbia
  • Demonstrate that the applicant owns or has cleared copyright to allow for the digitization of material
  • Detail the provision of open access to the digitized content
  • Propose a new project or a new portion of an existing project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165215

Term of Contract:

Up to $15,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The British Columbia History Digitization Program welcomes applications from private or public institutions and agencies that have the preservation of historical British Columbia materials as part of their mandate. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and post-secondary institutions.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission is Monday, December 16, 2019.

Annual Cycle:
October - Release of application forms and guidelines
December - Deadline for applications; Interim reports due.
February - Adjudication of applications
March - Notification of status goes out to all applicants
May - Successful applicants begin projects; final reports due.

The applicant's cash contribution to the project must equal at least 50% of the Learning Centre funds requested.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be emailed to:

For more program information please contact:
Mimi Lam, Coordinator
BC History Digitization Program

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
UBC Library, Vancouver Campus
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

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Canada: British Columbia