The Professional Project Assistance program for Arts Festivals supports the development, enrichment and creation of new or unique public programming through a specific project, component or programming initiative within the festival.

Grants are intended to encourage specific art forms or practices, increase the availability of professional arts to the community, and build the artistic programming of festivals. Applicants must apply for support for a specific project, component or programming initiative within their existing festival that responds to one or more of these intentions.

Who Can Apply

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

  • Be a professional arts organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year.
  • Be based in British Columbia and offer programming in B.C.
  • Engage competent, professional artistic/curatorial and management leadership, as demonstrated in previous achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.
  • Compensate artists and practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
  • Provide financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
  • Have operated and offered public programming for a minimum of one year as a non-profit society.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about what is eligible for funding.

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