Project Assistance: Early Career Development assists early career arts practitioners in developing their practice while building their career experience, professional exposure, and professional portfolio.

The program supports the development of knowledge and capacity within the sector and helps create opportunities for the next generation of artists and arts practitioners.

Assistance through this program is available to both arts and culture organizations and to individual art practitioners and collectives through four components:

For Arts and Culture Organizations

  • Component 1: Internship is the opportunity to host an early career practitioner in a paid internship.
  • Component 2: Cohort is the opportunity to host a group of early career practitioners in paid professional development positions.

For Individual Art Practitioners / Collectives

  • Component 3: Residency is the opportunity to pursue a residency with an arts and culture organization.
  • Component 4: Mentorship is the opportunity to develop sustained one-on-one learning through a mentorship with an established practitioner working in their field, art form, and/or discipline.

Please Note: The co-op component is now a stand-alone Program. Eligible organizations may apply to both Co-op Placements and to Early Career Development in the same year.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have placed a temporary blackout period on new applications for activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings of over 50. The blackout dates could be adjusted depending on current provincial and federal orders and directives. Please refer to the appropriate section of our dedicated COVID 19 Update page before completing your application.

The BC Arts Council is committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time. The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID 19 Update page and individual program pages. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

Individuals, collectives, and organizations may apply to this program through separate components and should use the appropriate guidelines linked below.

Applicants to this program must be working within the arts disciplines funded by the BC Arts Council, including:

  • arts administration and/or cultural management;
  • community-based arts practice (community-engaged arts, eco-arts, cultural identity, revitalization, and preservation);
  • dance (performance, choreography);
  • literary (creative writing, storytelling, spoken word, publishing);
  • media arts (film, video, audio/sound art, new media);
  • multi- or interdisciplinary artistic practice;
  • museums, archival, and curatorial practice;
  • music (performance, composition);
  • theatre (acting, directing, technical, design, musical theatre);
  • visual arts, craft, and curatorial practice (including textiles, carving).

Please contact your program officer with any questions regarding the eligibility of your discipline or practice.

Refer to the relevant program guidelines for more details on eligibility specific to each component.

How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System. It is recommended you 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 a 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, when it's available.

Program Guidelines

2020 Program Guidelines for Organizations

2020 Program Guidelines for Individuals / Collectives

Portfolio Requirements

Program guidelines are revised annually

Application Form Previews

To get a sense of the application process and questions, click on the component you're interested in applying for. Please note that these are provided as examples and do not show all questions for all applicant types.

Preview of online application form Component 1: Internship

Preview of online application form Component 2: Cohort

Preview of online application form Component 3: Residency

Preview of online application form Component 4: Mentorship