Program TypeOperating Assistance
Application DeadlineMay 15, 2021
- Application Type
Funding to support the activities of professional, non-profit arts training organizations that provide comprehensive programs of specialized training for professional artists and cultural workers or for those who are committed to pursuing professional careers in the arts.
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
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a professional arts organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least two fiscal years prior to application.
- Have operated as a professional arts training organization for two fiscal years prior to application.
- Provide public programming and have done so in the immediately preceding two years.
- Compensate artists and arts professionals by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
- Have professional artistic/training and administrative leadership.
All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about what is eligible for funding.
How to Apply
Please note: Last year, existing operating clients filled in a paper-based report. This year, all Arts Training Organizations currently receiving Operating Assistance must submit their interim application through our new online grant application system, using the fields provided.
Before you can use the online system, you must be registered. 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 are revised annually.