The Professional Project Assistance for Arts Training Organizations program supports projects which assist with special training activities and the development of recognized arts and cultural training programs and organizations.

Eligible activities may include specialized training for professional artists and cultural workers or the provision of specialized training for those who are committed to pursuing professional careers in the arts.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring intake for this program has been delayed and will launch in early April, with an extended deadline of May 30.

Please note: We are placing a temporary blackout period on new applications for activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings taking place between March 26 and June 30. This date could be adjusted if the current provincial and federal orders and directives in place are extended.

This is one of a series of program changes that the BC Arts Council has made in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The BC Arts Council remains 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 FAQ page and individual program pages. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

General Criteria

An eligible applicant must:

  • Be based in British Columbia and conduct ongoing public programming activity in B.C.
  • Engage competent and appropriate artistic/curatorial and management leadership as demonstrated by previous achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.
  • Compensate artists and arts and cultural professionals at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
  • Be an organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year.

Specific Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the General Eligibility Criteria, applicants must:

  • Have been operating for at least one year, with a mandate to provide professional-level training for developing artists and cultural workers.
  • Comply with all requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act.
  • Be able to provide a written syllabus or curriculum.
  • Provide evidence of a need in the community for the proposed training.
  • Compensate artists, instructors and other professional practitioners by paying fees at industry standard and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
  • Provide a project budget that demonstrates a diversified revenue base, with significant funding from sources other than the British Columbia Arts Council, including earned revenues, local government support, and private sector funding.
  • Not be eligible for, or receiving, funding through other BC Arts Council programs for the same activity.
  • Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline date for this program.

Awards can be made for either a specific project or to assist the general training, programming or production activities of the organization. Under normal circumstances, applicants for professional project assistance must, in addition to meeting the above criteria, demonstrate a record of realizing comparable projects at a professional standard.

How to Apply

The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer that corresponds to their area of practice prior to submission.

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.

Program Guidelines

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

Professional Arts Training Program Guidelines