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Special Programs


The BC Arts Council is committed to supporting and enhancing artists and arts organizations. To that end, the Council offers a range of programs that support the training and professional development of artists prior to, and throughout their professional careers.

Professional Arts Training Operating Assistance This program provides operational support to not-for-profit organizations that offer professional training to artists and arts organizations. This Operating Assistance program is designed for established organizations with a proven track record in developing professional artists.

Professional Arts Training Project Assistance This program provides one-time support to recognized arts and cultural organizations in British Columbia. Eligible activities include training for professional artists and cultural workers and training that will enable artists and cultural workers to become professionals.

The Council also provides Professional Development Assistance which supports career development opportunities for practising professional artists and arts administrators.

For outstanding artists enrolled in full-time studies leading to a fine arts degree or diploma, the BC Arts Council awards Arts Scholarships that help to defray tuition costs.

Please carefully review the program guidelines before you apply.

Program Guidelines

Training Programs for Organizations
Professional Arts Training - Operating Assistance
Professional Arts Training - Project Assistance
Arts and Cultural Service Organizations

Training Programs for Individuals
Professional Development Assistance
Scholarship Awards

Other Programs
Community Arts Development