Project Assistance: Book Publishers supports book publishers in British Columbia to develop and promote Canadian literature and Canadian writers through publishing works of literary, artistic, and/or cultural importance.

Grants are intended to support the publication of up to three eligible titles in the application year.

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.

Who Can Apply

Assistance through this program is available to B.C.-based, Canadian-owned book publishers, who meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered and in good standing as a non-profit society, community service co-op, or a legally registered company in the Province of B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application.


  • Be a book publisher led by an Indigenous Government, Indigenous Community Organization, or Métis Chartered Community in the Province of B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application, with a community-based board of management that sets the organization’s editorial policies.


  • Have its head office, general office, editorial office, general operations, and management based in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application.
  • In the case of legally registered companies, be managed and financially controlled by B.C. residents (who own at least 75% of the company).
  • Have operated in B.C. for a minimum of one year with book publishing as the primary (rather than peripheral or occasional) business, with the publication of original titles as the focus.
  • Maintain full control of the editorial process and have editorial independence from any other company. Where affiliations exist, publishers must be able to demonstrate separate editorial departments, budgets, and financial statements for each book publishing operation.
  • Have at least four eligible titles in print, have published at least two eligible titles in the previous 12 months, and be committed to an ongoing program of publishing eligible original titles.
  • Issue royalty statements on a regular basis and fulfill all contractual obligations to writers, illustrators, translators, and other copyright licensors. Publishers owing payments as of the submission deadline may not be eligible for funding.
  • Compensate artists, and arts, museums 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 any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline date for this program.

To be eligible, a title must:

  • Be an original title and/or first edition (i.e. no reprints) in one of the following genres:
    • Fiction
    • Non-fiction
    • Drama
    • Graphic novel
    • Poetry
    • Publications in the above genres for children and young adults
  • Be written or illustrated by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • Contain at least 50% Canadian-authored or -illustrated content.
  • Be accessible to a general reading audience and not exclusively intended for specialized readership, including an academic or professional audience.
  • Have a contract for an industry-standard royalty agreement or fee in lieu of royalties.
  • Include primarily original material or make a significant contribution to arts and culture with previously sourced material.
  • Have content that is entirely within the publisher’s editorial control and not under the control of another financial stakeholder.
  • Be a minimum of 48 printed pages, or, in the case of illustrated children’s books, 24 pages.
  • Be printed in Canada, except in the case of an international co-edition or a full-colour, highly illustrated book.
  • Be free of advertising other than for the publisher’s or author’s own material.
  • Have a print run of more than 350 copies.
  • For translated works, in addition to the criteria above, the translation must be done by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually.

Program guidelines 2021

Preview of the online application form (PDF)