The Project Assistance for Community Arts Organizations program provides support for community arts councils and cultural organizations.

Grants are intended to support either a specific project or to assist the production activities of the organization.

Who Can Apply

In order to be eligible for support through this program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered non-profit society in good standing in the Province of British Columbia AND be a community arts and cultural organization for which the development of the arts is the principal objective identified in its incorporation documents;


  • Be a First Nations Band Council or Friendship Centre working in collaboration with professional artists.


  • Be based in British Columbia and offer programming in B.C.
  • Engage competent artistic and administrative leadership as demonstrated in previous achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.
  • Demonstrate the intention to compensate professional artists and practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and/or community artists on mutually agreeable terms, and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
  • Not receive funding through other BC Arts Council programs or through the BC Arts Council’s Shared Cost Arrangement programs at BC Touring Council or First Peoples’ Cultural Council (Aboriginal Arts Development Awards) for the same activity.

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. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Program guidelines 2019/20 - PDF version

For a preview of what the online application form for 2019/20 looks like please click here - PDF version