The Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement is part of the BC Arts Council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations who have received at least one BC Arts Council project assistance grant in the past three years within eligible programs (see below for a complete list) can apply for a one-time grant of up to $5000.

Organizations that received an Operating Assistance grant during their most recent operating year will automatically receive the supplement and do not need to apply through this program.

The Resilience Supplement is designed as a quick-response to help arts and culture organizations with the short-term, adverse economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations can choose how they spend the funding, guided by the principles of:

  • Supporting organizational sustainability
  • Supporting artists and arts and cultural workers

Organizational sustainability

Organizations continue to have ongoing fixed costs while seeing revenue decrease substantially as a result of the pandemic and required public health measures. The supplement can help organizations address immediate needs to continue their operations.

Supporting artists and cultural workers

Artists and cultural workers often exist within precarious work and employment conditions, usually as self-employed or contract workers. They are also the driving force of our artistic and cultural sector and the broader creative economy. In providing support to organizations, it is expected that those organizations will, in turn, do everything in their power to support the artists and cultural workers they rely on, particularly those with whom they have existing commitments or obligations.

Who Can Apply

Applications are welcome from arts and culture organizations who have received at least one BC Arts Council grant in the past three fiscal years (that is, between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2020) through one of the following project assistance programs:

  • Professional Performing Arts – Dance Projects
  • Professional Performing Arts – Theatre Projects
  • Professional Performing Arts – Music Projects
  • Professional Arts Training Organizations - Projects
  • Professional Literary Organizations – Projects
  • Arts Periodicals – Projects
  • Museums, Indigenous Cultural Centres and Visual Arts Organizations – Projects
  • Media Arts Organizations – Projects
  • Professional Arts Festivals – Projects
  • Book Publishers - Projects
  • Community Arts Organizations – Projects
  • Arts-Based Community Development – Projects

Established collectives who have a demonstrated history of creating or presenting work and a clear commitment to current practice; who can demonstrate current fixed costs related to their practice and ongoing activities as a collective; and who received funding within the parameters described above may also be eligible. Collectives must determine eligibility with a program officer prior to application.

Subsequent to application, applicants may be required to demonstrate current fixed costs related to their practice and ongoing activities. You are encouraged to contact your program officer if you have any questions about eligibility.

How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System. It is highly recommended to read the entire How to Apply Online before starting this process.

Registration requests, once completed in the online system, can take up to 4 business days to be approved by BCAC staff.

Once an applicant has an organization profile in the system, then an online application form needs to be filled in and submitted.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer.

Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.

You can access the main log in page of the BCAC Online Grant Application System by clicking the Apply Now button at the bottom of this webpage, when it's available.

Program Guidelines

We have made the process to apply for the supplement as easy as possible. Applicants will only be required to answer a few questions to confirm eligibility and the impact of COVID-19 on your programming and organization. To view the questions, please download the application preview.

Application preview

Applying for the supplement is not a guarantee of payment. All applications will be assessed by relevant program staff to ensure that basic eligibility criteria have been met. To ensure that organizations can receive the payment as quickly as possible, these assessments will happen on a rolling basis as applications are submitted.

Results will not be released by telephone or regular email. Successful applicants will receive notification through the online application system when the funds have been released.

Grants are taxable income and must be reported as such. Individuals receiving grants on their own behalf or on behalf of a collective are issued T4As for the year in which the grant payment is processed. Social Insurance Numbers are provided to Canada Revenue Agency through the issuance of T4As.

Confidentiality and Privacy

The collection, use, and disclosure of personal information are subject to the privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The names and locations of successful award recipients may be published, along with the amount of the award, in the Annual Report of the BC Arts Council as well as in various communications and promotional vehicles of the BC Arts Council and Government of British Columbia.