Early Career Development supports immersive and highly impactful opportunities, with measurable outcomes, for emerging and early career practitioners to:

  • develop their artistic or administrative practice;
  • participate in knowledge transfer, skill sharing, and reciprocal learning in the sector;
  • expand their career experience, and professional networks and exposure; and
  • 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 culture organizations and to individual art practitioners through four components:

For Organizations (see Guidelines for Organizations):

Internship supports arts and culture organizations to host an early career practitioner in a paid internship.

Cohort supports arts and culture organizations to host a group of early career practitioners in paid professional development positions.

For Individuals (see Guidelines for Individuals):

Residency supports early career practitioners to pursue a learning-focused residency with an arts and culture organization.

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, or discipline.

Review the Program Guidelines to learn about:

  • How to apply
  • Who can apply
  • Eligible projects and expenses
  • Exclusions
  • Grant amounts
  • What is needed for the application, including support material
  • How applications will be assessed

Please review the Program Guidelines before contacting the Program Advisor.

Applications are currently being accepted until June 30, 2023.


Application Assistance 
This program provides funding for support services required to create and submit grant applications, project updates, and final reports for BC Arts Council grants.

Access Support
This program provides additional funding to support access costs associated with a project funded by a BC Arts Council grant.


How to Apply

Applications are submitted through the Grant Management System.

New applicants must register and create a profile in the online system. Once the registration request is submitted, it may take up to four business days to process your request.

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