Project Assistance: Community Arts Organizations supports the development of artistic projects of community-based arts and cultural organizations in British Columbia to increase community participation in the arts.

Awards are intended to improve the artistic standards of community-based arts through the creation or hosting of quality, innovative work that provides rich engagement between artists and participants or communities and reduces or eliminates barriers to public engagement in the arts. May include creation of original work, remounting of existing repertoire or exhibitions, critical documentation, exploration of diverse art forms, skill development, and organizational development.

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

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a community arts and cultural organization registered and in good standing, as a non-profit society or community service co-op, in the Province of British Columbia for at least one fiscal year prior to application.


  • Be an Indigenous Government, Indigenous Community Organization, or Métis Chartered Community in the Province of British Columbia, that offers dedicated arts and cultural programming and has a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s public programs and services.


  • Provide dedicated public arts and cultural programming in British Columbia and have done so for a minimum of one year.
  • Compensate artists and 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.
  • Adhere to the Criminal Record Review Act, which requires that people who work with or may potentially have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program.
  • Demonstrate engagement, as applicable, has taken place to ensure local Indigenous protocols are followed, Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers are compensated fairly in accordance with local protocols, and there is an acknowledgement of traditional territories.
  • 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.

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)