Categories: Funding Indigenous

The Indigenous Arts Program (IAP) (formerly the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards) provides funding in six different categories for Indigenous artists. Through a strong partnership with the B.C. Arts Council and additional funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, this program is a primary source of support for the unique expressions of B.C.’s Indigenous arts.

New! Community Land-Based Arts Program

This new program will support community-based Indigenous art workspaces and workshops focused on the transmission of arts skills and knowledge in all artistic disciplines. Projects must be initiated and directed by Indigenous artists, arts and culture organizations or established unincorporated Indigenous arts collectives.

Indigenous Art Program categories now accepting applications:

Click on the program above to view the grant guidelines and download the application forms.

The application deadline is September 15, 2019.

Applications are accepted annually from Indigenous, Métis and Inuit artists, organizations and collectives located in B.C., who have a demonstrated a commitment to their practice in any artistic discipline— visual, music, dance, theatre, literary or media. The IAP program supports both traditionally based and contemporary experimental approaches.

The BC Arts Council provides funding for the Indigenous Arts Program (IAP), which is delivered by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. Indigenous, Métis and Inuit artists, organizations and collectives located in B.C. are also eligible to apply to grant programs delivered directly by the BC Arts Council.