Project Assistance: Professional Development assists professional artists, cultural practitioners, production and technical personnel, and arts administrators:

  • to attend career and professional development opportunities which require travel; or
  • with specific, short-term learning activities that will advance their practice or career.

Awards are not intended to support the creation of new work, self-directed learning, or full-time studies.

Who Can Apply

Submissions from applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be forwarded for assessment. To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. For more information, review our Determining B.C. Residency Applicants must be prepared to provide documentation to support their residency status upon request.
  • Demonstrate professional status by meeting the following criteria:
  • Have completed appropriate and relevant training in their discipline at a level that would be recognized as professional by other practitioners working in similar disciplines. Training may be through post-secondary institutions, traditional knowledge transfer, or apprenticeship with a qualified practitioner;
  • Have a minimum two years of professional practice in their field following basic training;
  • Be recognized by other practitioners working in similar disciplines;
  • Be committed to working full-time at their practice when financially possible; and
  • Performing Artists: Have a demonstrated body of previous professional work;
  • Visual or Craft Artists: Have had at least two professionally curated shows or exhibitions where artists fees have been received;
  • Visual Arts Critics or Curators: have curated two or more exhibitions or published two or more works of critical writing for which they have received professional fees;
  • Media Artists: Have directed/created or hold creative control on at least one project subsequent to basic training for which they have been paid professional fees. This may include ‘student works’ which have been professionally exhibited or screened;
  • Creative Writers: Have had at least one book (or equivalent – 40 pages of poetry or 120 pages of prose) professionally published;
    • Arts Administration, Publishing, Producer, Artistic Support Staff: Two or more years of full or part-time paid employment (permanent or contract) in arts or cultural administration, artistic support, or at a professional book or periodical publisher;
    • Deaf, Disability and Mad Arts: Have a demonstrated body of work in or across any artistic practice;
    • Community-engaged Arts Practice: Facilitated two participatory arts projects in a community setting or learning environment;
    • Multi- and Interdisciplinary Practice: A demonstrated body of professional public work that integrates multiple fields of practice;
    • Museum or Indigenous Culture Centre Professionals: Two or more years of full- or part-time paid employment (permanent or contract) in a museum or Indigenous Cultural Centre;
    • Production and Technical Personnel: Two or more years of full- or regular part-time paid employment (permanent or contract) in arts and cultural production or as a technician in an arts and cultural institution, organization or venue.
  • Have submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline date for this program.


  • Have received at least one grant through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council ‘s Indigenous Arts Program and have submitted any outstanding final reports for that grant.

Contact a program advisor with questions regarding the eligibility of your discipline or practice. All applicants are urged to determine their eligibility and the eligibility of their proposed activity with the appropriate Program Advisor prior to submitting an application.

You may only apply twice with the same project; if an applicant has applied twice unsuccessfully for the same project, the proposal must be substantively changed.

Emerging artists and early career practitioners with less than two years of professional practice may be eligible for support through the BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development program.

How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System. It is recommended you read the entire How to Apply Online before starting this process.

Registration requests, once completed in the online system, can take up to four business days to be approved by BCAC staff.

Once an applicant has a 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 program officers.

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, which is posted below.

Program guidelines (PDF)

Application preview (Word)

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