Project Assistance: Professional Arts Festivals supports eligible organizations and arts or curatorial collectives in the development, enrichment, and creation of new or unique public programming through a specific project, component, or programming initiative within an existing festival.

A festival is an event that includes related arts and cultural activities and programming presented over a continuous period of more than one day. Grants received through this program are intended to encourage specific art forms or practices, increase the availability of arts in the community, and support the artistic programming of festivals.

**Grants are not available through this program to support a festival in its entirety, or festivals being offered for the first time, or single-day festivals (these activities may be supported through other Project Assistance grant programs).** 

Community arts organizations, for example, community arts councils, are not eligible for this program. Community arts organizations that produce festivals should apply to the Project Assistance: Community Arts Festivals program.

Program Guidelines (PDF) – Updated May 13, 2024

Application Preview (Word)

Application Checklist (PDF)

Review the Program Guidelines to learn about:

  • How to apply
  • Who can apply
  • Eligible projects and expenses
  • Exclusions
  • Grant amounts (requests up to $25,000)
  • What is needed for the application, including support material
  • How applications will be assessed

Please review the Program Guidelines before contacting a Program Advisor.

There are two intakes for this program each year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

Applications are currently being accepted until May 23, 2024.


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.