JAN 30 -Community Arts Festivals




NEW Program Officers:

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members to the Arts and Cultural Development Branch. In January, Chris Gilpin and Sarah Holland will join other Program Officers on the BC Arts Council team to support artists and communities across British Columbia.

Chris is currently the Executive Director of the Vancouver Community Arts Council, where he co-founded Reframing Relations which brings Indigenous artists into classrooms to raise awareness about reconciliation through arts-based activities. He previously worked as Executive Director of Vancouver Poetry House and was a board member of Spoken Word Canada.  He graduated with a BA in Film Production from the University of British Columbia. His graduating film "Remembrance Dance" was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. He has also been a regular contributor to the Canadian Review of Literature in Performance and other literary journals.

With an international background in museums work, Sarah has spent the past six years as Executive Director of the U`mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay. After receiving her BA in History from the University of Victoria, she went on to earn a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in 2001. Over the past 15 years, her employment also included establishing a new national museum on remote St. Helena in the South Atlantic, working for the Imperial War Museum in London and serving as archivist for Royal Roads University.

NEW Final Reports can now be emailed:

Completed and signed Final Reports can now be scanned and submitted by email to BCArtsCouncil@gov.bc.ca. Clients may also continue to mail them to:

PO Box 9819, Stn Prov Govt,
Victoria, BC, V8W 9W3.

Forms can be found here.


NEW Reporting Requirements:

Reporting requirements for all Project Assistance and Individual Arts Awards programs have been revised. Effective June 30, 2016, applicants with overdue final reports will be ineligible to apply to BC Arts Council Project Assistance and Individual Arts Awards programs. Project Assistance or Individual Arts Awards submissions from applicants with overdue final reports will be disqualified before adjudication.
Final reports must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. End dates for BCAC funded projects currently in progress must be kept up to date to ensure eligibility for future grant competitions. Changes to project end dates should be requested prior to the original project end date.


NEW Enhanced Capacity:

Beginning in the fall of 2016, organizations receiving Operating Assistance will be able to apply for new Enhanced Capacity support, concurrent with their extended cycle intake application. This funding is intended to help organizations build capacity and respond to strategic priorities, challenges and opportunities and will offer enhanced support for operations for the duration of the funding cycle. This approach allows flexibility in response to organizations’ fluctuations in cycles of activity or capacity needs, while still providing stable, base operating support.