Description

Project Assistance: Arts Infrastructure enables eligible organizations to develop and enhance spaces that support the work of B.C.’s arts and cultural practitioners.  The program aims to support projects that:

  • Catalyze the development of new or existing arts and cultural spaces through acquisition, renovation, or purchase of specialized equipment;
  • Improve physical, social, and cultural accessibility to arts and cultural spaces
  • Enhance access to arts and cultural spaces for underserved communities and underrepresented arts and cultural practices; and
  • Strengthen the capacity of the sector to develop, operate and sustain arts and cultural spaces.

All projects must clearly demonstrate how they benefit arts and cultural practitioners.

There are two project categories:

Capital Improvements
Building-based projects involving the purchase, construction, renovation, or expansion of an arts and/or cultural facility may request assistance from this program up to $75,000.

Specialized Equipment Acquisition
Projects focused solely on the purchase of specialized equipment for long-term use and associated installation expenses may request assistance from this program up to $40,000.

COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have placed a temporary blackout period for activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings of over 50. The blackout dates could be adjusted depending on current provincial and federal orders and directives. Please refer to the appropriate section of our dedicated COVID 19 Update page before completing your application.

The BC Arts Council is committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time. The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID 19 Update page and individual program pages. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

An eligible applicant must:

  • Be an organization with an arts and/or cultural mandate that is registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia;

OR

  • Be a professional public arts and culture organization operated by a local government and with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s public programs and services;

OR

  • Be a professional public arts and culture organization operated by a public post-secondary institution that offers public programming and/or provides regular ongoing access to the non-academic community;

OR

  • For-profit book publisher;

OR

  • Be an Indigenous Government, Friendship Centre, or Métis Chartered Community;

 AND all of the below:

  • Be based in British Columbia and offer programming in B.C.;
  • Have operated as an organization for two fiscal years prior to application; and
  • Engage competent and appropriate artistic/curatorial and management leadership as demonstrated by previous achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.

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 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.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines

Preview of the online application form