The Professional Development Project Assistance program assists professional artists and arts & culture professionals:

  • to take advantage of opportunities which require travel; or,
  • to undertake specific learning activities to advance their practice or career.

The program assists those who demonstrate a high degree of critical self-reflection and link activities to the next stage of their professional development.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are placing a temporary blackout period on new applications for activities that involve out-of-province travel and/or in-person gatherings of over 50 taking place between March 26 and September 30. This date could be adjusted if the current provincial and federal orders and directives in place are extended.

We have opened the August 1 intake early to allow those were planning to apply to the April deadline an opportunity to apply as soon as possible for initiatives that are achievable within the current travel and in-person gathering restrictions. If you have already submitted an application for the April deadline and need to revise it, please contact the program officer who can revert the application back to you for editing.

In response to these extraordinary circumstances, the jury for the August intake will consider proposals that support activities that start anytime after the date the application is submitted to the online system (rather than the program deadline).

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

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

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application.
  • Be an artist or arts administrator in the disciplines of creative writing, dance (performance, choreography), media arts (film, video, audio/sound art and new media), multi-disciplinary practice, museology and conservation, music (performance, composition), publishing, theatre (performance, design, directing, technical), or visual arts (creation, curation).
  • Have completed basic training in their discipline (not necessarily in academic institutions) and is not enrolled in full-time studies.
  • Be a professional artist or arts administrator.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about eligibility.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted throughout the year. There are three intake deadlines: April 1, August 1 and December 1. Applications received in the period leading up to each deadline will be adjudicated together.

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Management System (GMS). 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 a profile in the system, an online application form needs to be filled in and submitted.

You can access the main log in page of the BCAC Online Grant Management System by clicking the Apply Now button at the bottom of this webpage.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the appropriate program officer prior to submission - their contact information can be found on the top right of this page.

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

Note: guidelines were updated on March 31 with content regarding COVID-19

Professional Development Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually

Preview of the online application form