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The BC Arts Council funds volunteer-run community festivals and professional, staffed festivals in every region of the province. The funding is designed to encourage the development of specific art forms as identified through each festival's mandate and mission and to support Festival programmers, managers and volunteers and to increase the availability of professional arts to a range of communities.

There are two kinds of funding programs: Operating, which provides annual grants to established professional festival organizations, and Project, which is directed to the costs of a specific festival rather than the ongoing costs of the festival organization.

In some cases, festivals may also be eligible for other funding. Please carefully review the program guidelines before you apply.

Program Guidelines

Operating Assistance
Professional Arts Festivals

Project Assistance
Community Arts Festivals
Professional Arts Festivals