Enhanced Capacity Assistance is designed to provide flexible, responsive, general funding to assist professional arts organizations currently supported through the BC Arts Council’s Operating Assistance programs.

This funding assists organizations to undertake significant strategic activity to address artistic and organizational challenges and opportunities, manage transition, support risk, introduce change and innovation, and/or enhance aspects of organizational capacity.

2021 Update

Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 intakes for Enhanced Capacity have been suspended.

COVID-19 & the BC Arts Council

We remain 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 pages for programs open for intake. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

Submissions to this program must accompany the organization’s application for an intake year of Operating Assistance:

When open, this intake of Enhanced Capacity is available to clients who are applying to Operating Assistance programs with a spring deadline.

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.

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

The following program guidelines are available for reference only.

Program Guidelines for 2020/21

Program guidelines are revised annually.