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British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP)

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Deadline Date:

12/18/20 5:00 PM PST


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Matching grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia public and private 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 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

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

Multi-year projects are accepted with each successive year going through the adjudication process.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 18, 2020,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.

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, at the email address above.

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

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