March 18, 2021


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CASC is a platform to share information and build capacity for its members and sector.

We are excited to share several federal government grant opportunities uniquely suited to our sector! Over the past year CASC has advocated for new funding programs to support science centres and museums and we’re thrilled to see new opportunities emerging.

This week CASC also launched our Call for Session Proposals for our 2021 Virtual Conference - a great opportunity to share your experience and knowledge gained over the past year, as we look to the future.

Encouraging Vaccine Confidence in Canada PromoScience Grants – Jointly administered by CIHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

  • These grants (up to $50,000 over one year) will support organizations with strong track records of science and/or health promotion to deliver evidence-based, vaccine-promoting information to key communities and groups and/or to build capacity in the community to promote confidence in vaccines. Learn more. Application deadline: April 5, 2021

Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge (VCIC) – Public Health Agency of Canada

  • The VCIC encourages individuals and/or groups across Canada to help promote vaccine confidence in their communities. Twenty finalists will each receive $25,000 to create and implement a creative and innovative communications campaign over twelve weeks in Summer 2021. At the end of the campaign, one winner will receive a grand prize of $100,000. Learn more. Proposal deadline: April 9, 2021

Grants support initiatives relating to STEM and the Moon – Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

  • The grants provided through this AO will support initiatives relating to STEM and the Moon that contribute to increased awareness, knowledge and/or experience of the space-related disciplines among Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) youth and educators. Priority will be given to projects focusing on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), health, nutrition, lunar rovers missions. Learn more. Application deadline: April 30, 2021
    • Eligible Recipients: Canadian elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions, not-for-profit organizations established and operating in Canada
    • Maximum amount per project: $50,000 for up to 24 months from the grant agreement signature

Association Updates

> CASC 2021: Call for Learning Session Speakers

Join us, June 1-3, 2021, for our first-ever VIRTUAL CONFERENCE!

CASC 2021: Future Imperfect is a three-day virtual conference, presented by the Canadian Association of Science Centres. 

    The CASC conference is known for its quality of exchanges and conversations. We’re excited that this year's virtual format will make it possible for speakers from across Canada and around the world to share their ideas and experiences.

    We are now looking for people to share their case studies, ideas and innovations with colleagues from coast to coast to coast. No travel will be required to speak at CASC 2021: Future Imperfect virtual conference and all speakers receive free entry to the conference. Learn more.

    The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.

    CASC 2021 Sponsorship & Opportunities for Commercial Companies

    We are providing separate opportunities for commercial companies seeking to showcase products and services. Please reach out to Marianne Mader at to learn about sponsorship opportunities should you wish to promote your company.

    > Join the CASC TEAM - We're Hiring!

    ScienceUpFirst Content Producers - Remote Work

    (2 positions; 1 English and 1 French)

    The Canadian Association of Science Centres is seeking two creative individuals to take on the roles of Content Producers for the  ScienceUpFirst/LaScienceD’Abord initiative to create engaging digital content across all social media channels. ScienceUpFirst is an exciting new campaign designed to combat scientific misinformation. As a Content Producer, you will be responsible for crafting content that empowers people to engage with this movement to achieve and exceed our goals.

    Salary range is $50,000 - $60,000

    This posting will remain open until the positions are filled. Interviews will begin the week of March 22, 2021.

    > Welcome to our Newest Members

    The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the history and heritage of Rossland and area and to inspire and engage the public through virtual and real life presentations that bring our history and heritage to life. To achieve this mission, the Museum is committed to maintaining professional standards and best practices in the stewardship of its collection. The Museum’s collections exist to provide a basis for its exhibition, public and educational programs, for research and study, for special lectures and symposia, and for the cultural and educational enrichment of its visitors and the community as a whole.

    Fight misinformation and put #ScienceUpFirst!

    CASC is proud to be a partner in the #ScienceUpFirst: Together Against Misinformation initiative! Our goal is to help stop the spread of misinformation around COVID-19 and we’re so proud that our network and members can play a key role in this effort.

    NEW: Looking for reliable information about COVID-19 and vaccines?

    Here are 3 easy steps to be part of the #ScienceUpFirst movement:

    • Follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook @ScienceUpFirst

    • Share expert-vetted posts with your networks, members, friends, and followers. 

    • Join the conversation by sharing science-based content using #ScienceUpFirst.

    Visit for more information and to learn how you can sign up to do more. 

    > Upcoming Member Discussions

    Topic: COVID-19 Recovery 

    Date: Friday, April 23, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

    Location: ZOOM

    Who should attend? CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors, or designated senior leaders.

    Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

    Topic: School and Public Programming

    Date: Friday, April 16, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

    Location: ZOOM

    Who should attend? Education and Programming staff from CASC member institutions.

    Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

    News & Opportunities


    • COVID Discussions is a virtual kitchen table discussion series, where YOU, the public and experts come together to chat about everything COVID-19 related. Our aim is to provide a safe space for everyone to bring their questions about the science and social aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

    • Opportunities with the Canadian Black Scientists Network

        • Science Odyssey: May 1-16 
        Join the adventure & Host an Event

        Science Odyssey is Canada’s biggest festival of science and technology with over 1000 activities for explorers of all ages. 

        Powered by NSERC.


        • Grants for Canadian Internet Projects

        CIRA It’s that time of year again, the time when CIRA opens up applications for more than $1 million in grants for Canadian internet projects! We’re looking for not-for-profits, charities, and researchers with projects to improve Canada’s internet – with a special focus on students and northern, rural, and Indigenous communities. The application deadline is April 14. Here’s more on how to apply. 

        • Funds to Expand Youth Opportunities and Promote Indigenous Reconciliation

        Johansen Larsen Foundation is committed to enhancing the lives of those marginalized in Canada's communities (both human and animal), through supporting inclusive initiatives that foster learning and well-being. For 2021, funding will be provided in two focus areas: 1) Reconciliation, with a focus on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada; and 2) Marginalized Children & Youth, with a focus on providing opportunities for growth and learning. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is April 15, 2021; invited applications must be submitted by June 15, 2021. 

        • Support for Health and Technology Initiatives Benefiting At-Risk Youth

        TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is dedicated to funding health and technology focused charitable programs in communities across Canada. The Foundation offers two types of grants to registered charities. Community Grants of up to $20,000 are made through TELUS Community Boards for community-based health programs creating opportunities for at-risk youth that demonstrate the use of technology to increase the impact of their programs. Support is provided in selected areas of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Application deadlines vary by TELUS Community Board region. National, Provincial and Territorial Grants, which range from $20,000 to $200,000, fund national, territorial, and province-wide programs that enable at-risk youth and other vulnerable Canadians to achieve their full potential through health and technology initiatives. Application deadlines for National, Provincial and Territorial Grants: May 1 and September 1, 2021. 

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