Project Assistance: Early Career Development supports immersive and highly impactful opportunities for emerging and early career practitioners to:

  • develop their artistic and/or administrative practice.
  • participate in knowledge transfer, skill sharing, and reciprocal learning in the sector.
  • expand their career experience, professional networks and exposure, and professional portfolio.
  • build capacity in their identified community(ies), e.g. geographic, cultural, area of practice, etc.

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

For Organizations

Component 1: Internship supports arts and cultural organizations to host an early career practitioner in a paid internship.

Component 2: Cohort supports arts and cultural organizations to host a group of early career practitioners in paid professional development positions.

For Individuals

Component 3: Residency supports early career practitioners to pursue a residency with an arts and cultural organization.

Component 4: Mentorship supports early career practitioners to develop sustained, one-on-one learning through a mentorship with an established practitioner working in their field, art form, and/or discipline.

Early Career Development is not intended to support established or mid-career artists and practitioners transitioning within their practice or career. Career development activities for more established artists and practitioners may be eligible for support through the Professional Development program.

COVID-19 & the BC Arts Council

We remain committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of individual grant programs could be affected, and in certain cases, programs may be suspended or deferred. Changes could also be made to the eligibility of activities within programs and successfully funded projects may need to make adaptations to comply with relevant public health orders, including those regarding gatherings and travel.

The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 Update page and individual pages for programs open for intake. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible to participate in any component, an Early Career Practitioner must:

  • Be working in one or more of the arts disciplines funded by the BC Arts Council.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident who ordinarily resides in B.C., having lived in the province for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application being submitted. For more information, review our Determining B.C. Residency page.
  • Not be enrolled in full-time studies.
  • Not have been named in two previous successful Early Career Development applications regardless of component, i.e. an individual may participate in a maximum of two Early Career Development projects in their lifetime.
  • Not be named in any other application in this program’s current intake.
  • Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline for this program.


  • Have completed basic training in their discipline within five years of the application deadline.


  • Have completed basic training in their discipline within ten years of the application deadline and:
    • Be 30 years old or younger at the application deadline.


  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).
  • Racialized (also referred to as Culturally Diverse, or Person of colour, or Visible Minority).
  • Deaf, a Person living with Disabilities and/or with Mental Illness.


  • Live in a small and/or isolated community outside of greater Vancouver or the capital region (not including Sooke, Metchosin, the Gulf Islands, or the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area).

Applicants are eligible if basic training will be complete within six months of the application deadline and before the proposed activity begins.

“Basic training” means appropriate and relevant education that has prepared an early career practitioner to work at a professional level; for example:

  • a degree or certificate program from an academic institution.
  • traditional knowledge transfer or an apprenticeship with a qualified, peer-recognized practitioner.

Please 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.

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 for Organizations

Program Guidelines for Individuals

Please note that 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