• Program Type
    Individual Arts Awards
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2020
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


Project Assistance: Creative Writers assists professional writers with the creation of specific projects. Eligible genres include drama, fiction, graphic novels, juvenile, non-fiction, poetry, and spoken word.

Awards are available to support the creation of new work or the re-writing of unpublished and unproduced manuscripts. Applications may be made by individuals or on behalf of a collaboration of two or more writers sharing creative control or authorship of a project.

Funding is provided at Level 1 or Level 2 according to the previous publishing accomplishments of the applicant.


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Who Can Apply

Assistance through this program is available to professional writers. For collaborative applications, each individual applicant must meet the eligibility criteria.

Self-published writers who are accepted as Members of the Writers’ Union of Canada or as full Members of the League of Canadian Poets may apply to the relevant level.

An eligible applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. For more information, review our Determining B.C. Residency
  • Be a professional creative writer who has completed all basic training (not necessarily in academic institutions) and is not enrolled in full-time studies.
  • Have completed two or more years of artistic practice after basic training.
  • Be applying for either the first or second time with a project; if an applicant has twice applied unsuccessfully for the same project, the proposal must be substantively changed to be considered.
  • 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, if applicable.
  • Have submitted any outstanding final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline date for this program.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about specific eligibility criteria related to Level 1 and Level 2.

How to Apply

Applicants must be registered in the BCAC online grant application system. It is  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.

Applicants must submit a complete online application, including all requested information and support material. All support material must be submitted via the online system unless otherwise indicated.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure applications are complete and all necessary elements are included. The BC Arts Council will not contact applicants to address errors or missing application requirements, including support material. Eligible applications and any supporting material will be assessed as they have been submitted.

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 are revised annually.

2020 program guidelines 

Preview of online application form