In addition to the integration of equity criteria across all funding programs, the BC Arts Council has identified designated priority groups. These groups are based on commitments made through strategic directions outlined in New Foundations and funding gaps identified through recent evaluations.

The designated priority groups consist of applicants and arts and cultural practitioners who are:

  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit) Peoples;
  • Deaf or experience disability;
  • Black or persons/people of colour;
  • Located in regional areas (outside greater Vancouver or the capital region).