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Grants to British Columbia Public and Private Nonprofit Entities and IHEs to Increase Digital Access to Historical Resources

British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP)


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Funding Source
University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
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Geographic Focus
Canada: British Columbia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/08/23 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia public and private nonprofit institutions and entities, including libraries, museums, archives, institutions of higher education, and historical societies, for projects that provide free online access to local historical material. Funding is intended to promote the transition to digitalized formatting for unique historical resources.

The British Columbia History Digitization Program promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to unique historical material from around the province.

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

Eligible Expenses:

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


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Private or public institutions and agencies are eligible to apply for funding. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, libraries, archives, museums, post-secondary institutions, and historical societies. Applications are welcomed from institutions of all sizes.

Prospective applicants should be a registered charity or qualified donee listed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). If the applicant is not a registered charity or qualified donee, a community organization that is a qualified donee may be permitted to act as a financial intermediary.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by Friday, December 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm PST.

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.
- July: Release of request for early notice of Intent to Apply
- September: Deadline for early notice of intent to apply

Eligible organisations that complete the BCHDP Grant Early Notice survey can receive additional BC ELN support during the grant application process. Support can include assistance with: completing the grant application; project management; copyright advisory; connections to digitization service providers; securing digitization staff; preparing metadata; and hosting digitized materials in the Arca provincial digital repository.

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

Please only apply for one project per application. Institutions submitting more than one application should rank their submissions in order of priority.

Applicant information:

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $15,000.
Only organizations predominantly staffed by volunteer workers may claim volunteer hours spent on the project as in-kind contributions at a valuation of $16.75 per hour.

Contact Information
Applications should be emailed to:

For more program information please contact Mimi Lam, Coordinator, BC History Digitization Program, at the email address above.

Sunni Nishimura
Project Manager, BC ELN-BCHDP Support Service

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

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