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Strategic Opportunities

The Strategic Opportunities program assists B.C. arts and cultural organizations undertake significant strategic projects to address artistic and organizational opportunities and challenges, including:

  • support for the creation of new work (including commissioning and collaboration);
  • innovation in or enhancement of programming activity;
  • capacity building;
  • organizational transition; and/or
  • investment in small capital projects (facilities or specialized equipment).

Proposals made to this program should be able to demonstrate a high level of organizational self-assessment and self-representation; clearly articulate the conceptual and strategic rigour, risk and innovation in the project; and define the relationship between the proposed project and the organization’s history, mandate, ongoing activity and strategic trajectory.

Successful applications will address challenges and opportunities in one or more of the various aspects of the organization. Projects should fall into one of three categories:

  1. Artistic Capacity
  2. Organizational Development and Transition
  3. Capital Projects

The maximum award available through this program is $30,000.

Application Deadline: July 2

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.
  • 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 Guidelines.pdf


Application Form:

The intake for 2019 is now open.

Print version  .pdf

Fillable Word Document 

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.