Applications are now being accepted for BCMA micro-grants for emerging and diverse professionals. Due to COVID-19, the BC Museums Association (“BCMA”) has been unable to deliver its regular regional workshops around the province and they are using this opportunity to reallocate funding to support museum professionals with diverse experiences and ideas to create new online resources, workshops, and networking events.
- Submit your proposal online here
- Deadline is September 18, 2020. Once accepted, proposals must be carried out before March 31, 2021.
Through these micro-grants, BCMA hopes to encourage new voices and ideas by supporting content proposals from diverse and emerging museum professionals.
These proposals can range from webinar presentations (view BCMA YouTube Channel for examples of recent webinars), networking ideas (like Watercooler Wednesday or the BCMA trivia night), written resources (view the BCMA BRAIN for examples), or other ideas for online content that would support members across the province.
BCMA encourages proposals from emerging museum professionals and diverse professionals (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities).
They also encourage submissions from museum professionals who have been laid off, furloughed, or have had their employment impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Association has allocated $4,000 to support the creation of new online resources and events and will offer two types of micro-grants:
- $500.00 “short” proposals
- “Short” proposals are for activities that take between 10-20 hours to plan and deliver, this could include webinars, blog post-style resources, one-off networking events, etc.
- $1,000.00 “medium” proposals
- “Medium” proposals are for activities that take between 20-40 hours to plan and deliver, this could include a brief webinar series, longer-form written resources, multi-part networking events, etc.
Priority will be given to emerging professionals, professionals with diverse lived experiences, and professionals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. Through these micro-grants, the Association hopes to support voices who are not typically heard, so preference will be given to applicants who are working with the BCMA for the first time and applicants from parts of the province that are typically underrepresented. Find more information and a contact here.
Related: How BC Museums Are Coping During COVID-19