See our Grant Program Calendar for upcoming BC Arts Council programs.

The Project Assistance: Arts-Based Community Development program supports organizations to engage professional artists in the development and delivery of projects that provide
arts-based community development impacts and benefits to a specified community. Through collaborative, community-based, arts-centred activities, these projects provide a tangible and active understanding of arts and culture as a path to health, well-being, human dignity, and social transformation.

Established in 1955, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation has provided over ten million dollars in grants to arts and social service organizations throughout B.C. and the Yukon. In 2015, the Foundation transitioned from sixty years of continuous grant making to an endowment that supports the Leon and Thea Koerner Award (LTK Award), now administered through the
BC Arts Council.

The LTK Award sustains a legacy through annual awards to registered charities and other qualified donees in B.C. that are creating social benefit using professional arts-based activity in collaboration with community and social service agencies.

The LTK Award is aimed at achieving social benefit and recognizing excellence and innovation, leading to social change or transformation; this aligns with the principles of arts-based community development. More information about the objectives of the LTK Award can be found here: LTK Award Objectives.

Download the A-BCD & LTK Program Guidelines (PDF)

Download the A-BCD & LTK Application Preview (Word)
Updated April 21, 2023

Review the Program Guidelines to learn about:

  • How to apply
  • Who can apply
  • Eligible projects and expenses
  • Exclusions
  • Grant amounts
  • What is needed for the application, including support material
  • How applications will be assessed

Please review the Program Guidelines before contacting the Program Advisor.

Download the Professional Artist Information Form (fillable PDF)

Download the Social Service Lead Form (fillable PDF)

Applications are currently being accepted until May 17, 2023.


Application Assistance

This program provides funding for support services required to create and submit grant applications, project updates, and final reports for BC Arts Council grants.

Access Support

This program provides additional funding to support access costs associated with a project funded by a BC Arts Council grant.

Watch the Info Session for A-BCD and LTK awards on our YouTube channel

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through the Grant Management System.

New applicants must register and create a profile in the online system. Once the registration request is submitted, it may take up to four business days to process your request.