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Professional Project Assistance - Arts Festivals

Professional Project Assistance – Arts Festivals supports initiatives in the development, enrichment and creation of new or unique public programs within existing arts festivals. Awards are available once each fiscal year on a project basis to assist with the activities of professional arts festivals in British Columbia. Awards under this program are intended to encourage specific art forms or practices, increase the availability of professional arts to the community, and build the artistic programming of festivals. Applicants must apply for support for a specific project, component or programming initiative within their existing festival that responds to one or more of these intentions.

The project, component or programming initiative must be clearly identified and described in the application. Applicants must also provide a clear rationale for the project, component or programming initiative within the overall context and history of their existing festival. The program is not available to recipients of Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council. Receipt of funding does not guarantee assistance in subsequent years.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2017

Note: if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Before you Apply:

  • Read the program guidelines.
  • All applicants, especially new applicants, are urged to discuss their request with Council staff prior to submission.
  • If you do not have Adobe Reader to view the PDF files, click here to download the most recent version.

Program Guidelines:

Program guidelines are reviewed and revised annually. Please ensure you are working with the most current program guidelines for each intake.

Print Version PDF.pdf

Application Form:

Application forms are available approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

Print Version PDF.pdf

Print Version ms word.doc

Note: The Word document is a fillable application form. Hit Tab to move from one form field to the next, or Shift+Tab to return to the previous form field.

Mac Users: after saving or opening the MS Word application form, please check your ‘Downloads’ folder, as this is where the file is automatically placed. You may have to select and open the file.