COVID-19 continues to have a profound effect on arts and cultural organizations in B.C. and to illuminate the need to address racism and systemic inequities.

The Arts Impact Grant is a responsive and flexible funding program. This grant allows applicants to prioritize a project that will provide the most necessary and meaningful impact to their organization, practice, and/or community during this time of recovery, renewal, and change.

Awards are available to support a specific project, or a suite of related activities, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Research, development, creation, and production of new work, including commissioning and collaboration.
  • Presentation, circulation, distribution, exhibition, and dissemination of work (e.g., in-province, national, and international touring).
  • Program enhancements (e.g., community or youth engagement initiatives).
  • Organizational development and/or capacity building including human resources, governance, and/or revenue diversification projects (e.g., co-op placements).
  • Sector development activities or services, or collaborative projects.
  • Leadership development (e.g., equity, diversity, inclusion and access processes or Indigenous outreach training) and mentorship opportunities.

Funding Requests

Maximum request amount is $30,000. The request may be up to 100% of the total project budget.

Funding priority may be given to projects from organizations led by and/or rooted in:

  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit) communities.
  • Underserved communities, including Deaf, Disability and Mad arts; Racialized and/or people of colour; 2SLGBTQQIA+.
  • Regional areas in B.C. (communities outside of greater Vancouver and the capital region, not including Sooke, Metchosin, the Gulf Islands, or the Juan de Fuca electoral area).

Program Impacts and Changes Due to COVID-19

The BC Arts Council recognizes the unprecedented impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the B.C. arts and culture sector. While every effort is made to minimize revisions, program guidelines may be updated to align with current provincial and federal orders and public health directives. Please:

  • Ensure you have the latest version of the program guidelines as posted on the BC Arts Council website. Any changes to the guidelines made after the original posting will be clearly highlighted.
  • Find up-to-date information posted on our COVID-19 update page.

Activities led by organizations and collectives that were previously eligible through the suspended Youth Engagement. Touring Initiatives, or Co-op Placements Program are eligible through Arts Impact Grants.

Who Can Apply

Organizations and collectives.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Provide arts and cultural programming and/or service to the arts and culture sector in B.C. and have done so for a minimum of one year.
  • Fairly compensate artists, arts and cultural practitioners, technicians, Elders, and/or Knowledge Keepers. Compensation must align with project and community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
  • Adhere to the Criminal Record Review Act which requires that people who work with or may have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program.
  • Have completed and submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.

Organizational applicants must also:

  • Be registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application with either a dedicated arts and cultural mandate or a mandate to provide services to the arts and culture sector in B.C.


  • Be an Indigenous Government, Indigenous Community Organization, or Métis Chartered Community offering dedicated arts and culture activities.


  • Be operated by a local government or public post-secondary institution in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application, with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s programs and services, and that offers public programming by professional arts and cultural practitioners.


Arts or Curatorial Collective applicants must:

  • Be established and readily identified as a collective of independent B.C. artists, curators, museum and/or cultural practitioners, consisting of three or more individuals who are professionally active in their field of practice.

Please read the guidelines for additional Arts or Curatorial Collectives requirements.

How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System. It is recommended you 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 program officers.

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.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines

Preview Online Application (PDF)

Preview Online Application (Word)