• Program Type
    Individual Arts Awards
  • Application Deadline
    June 15, 2021
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


Project Assistance for Media Artists assists independent media artists with the creation of specific projects. The BC Arts Council defines media arts as works in film, video, audio/sound art and new media, including new information and communications technologies used for artistic expression.

Awards are available to support the creation of new works. Applications may be made by individuals or on behalf of a collaboration of two or more artists sharing creative control of a project.

There are two levels of awards:

Level 1: Awards up to $10,000

Level 2: Awards up to $25,000

Applicants should apply to the appropriate level based on scope and scale of their project.

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 apply, you must:

  • Be a professional media artist, 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, and,
    • As a professional media artist, has created and completed at least one project that has been professionally presented as part of a public program for which a professional fee was received (CARFAC, IMAA, or equivalent).


  • Received at least one grant for the creation of media art through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council Indigenous Arts Program and have submitted a final report for that grant.
  • 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.
  • Have final creative control over the proposed work.
  • 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.
  • For collaborative applications, each individual applicant must meet these eligibility criteria.

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.

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

Guidelines for the Media Artists Program

Program guidelines are revised annually.

Preview of the online application form