The Professional Projects Assistance program for Museums, Indigenous Cultural Centres and Visual Arts Organizations supports the development, enrichment, and creation of new or unique public programming and documentation, including exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, audience development or collections management projects.

Grants are intended to support exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, audience development or collections management projects.

Who Can Apply

Assistance through this program is available to Indigenous cultural centres, professional museums and visual arts organizations and collectives.

In order to be eligible for support through this program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be based in British Columbia and offer programming in B.C.
  • Engage competent professional artistic/curatorial and management and/or project leadership, as demonstrated in previous achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.
  • Compensate artists, curators and other professional practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
    • Professional artists/curators and other museum/gallery professionals must receive industry standard fees for work presented by visual arts organizations and public museums.
    • Community-based artists and curators whose work is programmed by visual arts organizations or public museums will receive payment through either exhibition fees or through other, mutually agreed upon alternatives.

Professional Museums, Indigenous Cultural Centres or Visual Arts Organizations

  • Be a professional visual arts organization, public museum or Indigenous cultural centre registered as a non-profit society in good standing in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year;


  • Be a professional visual arts organization, Indigenous cultural centre or public museum operated by a local government or First Nation in B.C. with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s public programs and services;


  • Be a professional visual arts organization or museum operated by a public post-secondary institution in B.C. that offers public programming by visual arts and museum professionals in a dedicated gallery facility with regular ongoing access to the non-academic community.


  • Have operated and offered public programming for a minimum of one year.
  • Provide financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.

Professional Independent Collectives

  • Be readily identified as a professional independent collective of visual arts or museums professionals.
  • Be a group of three or more artists who are professionally active in visual arts or museum practice. Curatorial collectives must be composed of three or more curators who are professionally engaged in visual arts or museum practice.
  • Each member of a collective must have a minimum of two years of professional practice in their field, following basic training, and must have a demonstrated body of previous work as an individual practitioner.
  • A professional independent collective must apply under the name of an individual member of the collective, acting as a key contact person and listed as the submitting officer.
  • The key contact person will be held responsible for the application and subsequent report. If the application is successful, this person will receive payment of the award on behalf of the collective.
  • Each member of the professional independent collective must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, readily identified as a professional British Columbia artist, and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application.

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.

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.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Program guidelines 2019/20 - PDF version

For a preview of what the online application form for 2019/20 looks like please click here - PDF version