Project Assistance: Arts Periodicals supports periodicals that publish and promote artistic expression and/or social, cultural, or intellectual commentary or inquiry that has not been previously published.

COVID-19 & the BC Arts Council

We remain committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of individual grant programs could be affected, and in certain cases, programs may be suspended or deferred. Changes could also be made to the eligibility of activities within programs and successfully funded projects may need to make adaptations to comply with relevant public health orders, including those regarding gatherings and travel.

The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 Update page and individual pages for programs open for intake. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a professional arts and culture organization based in B.C. and registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in B.C. for at least one year.


  • 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.


  • An established collective, which must:
    • Be readily identified as an independent collective of B.C. artists and/or arts and culture practitioners.
    • Have a demonstrated history of creating or presenting work and a clear commitment to current practice.
    • Be able to demonstrate current fixed costs related to their practice and ongoing activities as a collective.
    • Have a member of the collective act as a key contact person for the application. The key contact person will be held responsible for the application and, if it is successful, for receiving the award on behalf of the collective and submitting the final report.
    • Have eligibility confirmed by a program officer prior to applying.


  • Publish an arts periodical in B.C. and have operated and engaged in publishing activity for a minimum of one year with a commitment to continued operations.
  • Compensate arts and cultural practitioners 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.
  • Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
  • Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline for this program.

Program Eligibility

Publishers of both print and electronic arts periodicals are eligible to apply for direct costs for up to one year of publishing an arts periodical. Arts periodicals that meet the eligibility for both print and electronic components must choose one of the two when applying.

Arts periodicals published in any written language, or combination of written languages, are eligible for assistance if all other eligibility criteria are met.

An eligible arts periodical must:

  • Feature the first publication of original content.
  • Prioritize work by writers and artists based in British Columbia or Canada.
  • Include editorial content created by more than one person.
  • Provide clear submission guidelines and editorial selection processes.
  • Have and honour a clear policy on the use of contributors’ work and intellectual property.
  • Clearly identify, on the masthead or equivalent, who is responsible for editorial processes and decisions.
  • Have identified the target audience and developed an appropriate distribution plan.
  • Have been published in the preceding year.
  • Operate year-round and publish on a regular, clearly communicated schedule.

Print periodicals must:

  • Be printed on paper.
  • Average a minimum of 24 pages per issue over a one-year period.
  • Have paid circulation of a minimum of 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.

How to Apply

The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System (GMS). It is highly recommended you read How to Apply Online  before starting this process. Please note, registration requests can take up to 4 business days to be approved by BCAC staff.

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

All applicants, especially those 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.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually.

Preview of the online application form