Project Assistance: Arts Periodicals is intended to assist arts periodicals that are primarily devoted to publishing any form of artistic expression or social, cultural, or intellectual commentary or inquiry that has not been previously published.

Arts periodicals may be published electronically or in print.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring intake for this program has been delayed and will launch in early April, with an extended deadline of May 30.

Please note: We are placing a temporary blackout period on new applications for activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings taking place between March 26 and June 30. This date could be adjusted if the current provincial and federal orders and directives in place are extended.

This is one of a series of program changes that the BC Arts Council has made in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The BC Arts Council remains 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 FAQ page and individual program pages. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be based in British Columbia and publish arts periodicals in B.C.
  • Compensate artists and arts professionals fairly in keeping with community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
  • Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline date for this program.

Under normal circumstances, applicants must, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, demonstrate a record of realizing comparable projects at a professional standard.

Arts Periodicals
Priority will be given to periodicals that emphasize the work of British Columbia writers and artists and previously unpublished materials.

Both print and electronic periodicals are eligible to apply. Arts periodicals that meet the eligibility for both the print component and the electronic component must choose one of the two components when applying and must meet the eligibility criteria of the component to which they are applying.

Periodicals published in any written language, or combination of written languages, are eligible for assistance, as long as all other eligibility criteria are met.

An arts periodical must:

  • Include editorial content written or created by British Columbian or Canadian writers and artists;
  • Devote a majority of publishing activity to the first publication of any form of artistic expression or social, cultural, or intellectual commentary or inquiry;
  • Have published the periodical during the immediately preceding year and be committed to continued periodical publishing;
  • Operate year-round;
  • Have clear submission guidelines and an editorial selection process;
  • Have and honour a clear policy with respect to the use of contributors’ writing and intellectual property;
  • Have identified the target audience for the periodical and developed an appropriate distribution method to reach it;
  • Publish on a regular basis;
  • Have editorial content which is created by more than one person;
  • Clearly identify by name the individuals responsible for the content (on the masthead or equivalent).

Print periodicals must:

  • Be printed on paper;
  • Average at least 24 pages per issue over a one-year period;
  • Have paid circulation of at least 20% of the copies printed.

Electronic periodicals must:

  • Have paid subscription access to content, maintaining an average of 100 subscribers over a period of 6 months;


  • Have scheduled email delivery of content, maintaining a minimum average of 300 registered email recipients over a period of 6 months.

Arts and Cultural Organizations
An Arts and Cultural organization must:

  • Be a professional organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year;


  • Be a professional arts periodical operated by an accredited B.C. post-secondary institution with an advisory editorial board that sets policy for programs and services undertaken.


  • Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
  • Have operated and engaged in publishing activity for a minimum of one year.

Professional Arts or Curatorial Collectives
A professional collective or group must:

  • Consist of a group of three or more arts professionals who are professionally active in their relevant artistic practice.
  • Each member of the professional, independent collective must have a minimum of two years of professional practice in their field, following basic training, and must have a demonstrated body of previous work as an individual practitioner, and may not be a fulltime student.
  • Each member of the professional, independent collective must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, readily identified as a professional British Columbia artist, and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about what is eligible for funding.

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

Program guidelines 2020/21

Program guidelines are revised annually.

Preview of the online application form