Imagine BC is an annual opportunity for residents of British Columbia to pitch an excellent, innovative and possibly untraditional idea to our jury. Successful pitches receive funding of up to $7,000. Winning ideas are those that address identified community needs or interests, such as volunteerism, small business development, digital literacy, community engagement, cultural programming, social inclusion or local history.
Initially grounded in the library community, the inspiration of this project was to honour the incredible contributions made by so many individuals in our community, and across the knowledge sector at large. We want to explore the potential for incubation in the knowledge sector and to establish new, enabling, and innovative legacies.
The foundational sponsors of this program – the BC Libraries Cooperative, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre at UBC and Simon Fraser University Library, have partnered to advance our shared objective: the success of the program as an incubator for excellence and innovation to advance the knowledge sector as a whole, and to deepen community connections. Together, we are able to maximize the program’s reach. We welcome other aligned funding partners in future, to enable increased program scope and diversity.
The foundational sponsors of this program and open to new traditional and non-traditional partnerships. If you think this is a valuable endeavour and would like to join us a funding partner, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2015-2016 jury and planning committee was comprised of representatives from library, co-op and knowledge sectors. Jury members are appointed annually in October by program partners. The jury’s first task is to establish priorities for the program year and prepare to receive pitches.