Professional Development grants assist professional artists, cultural practitioners, production and technical personnel, and arts administrators with specific, short-term learning activities or opportunities to advance their practice or career. Activities should lead to clearly articulated learning or career outcomes, goals, or objectives.

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

Download the Professional Development Program Guidelines (PDF)

Download the Professional Development Application Preview (Word)

Review the Program Guidelines to learn about:

  • How to apply
  • Who can apply
  • Eligible projects and expenses
  • Exclusions
  • Grant amounts
  • What is needed for the application, including support material
  • How applications will be assessed

Please review the Program Guidelines before contacting the Program Advisor.

There are three intakes for this program each year, this is the second one.
Please see the Guidelines for details.

Applications are currently being accepted until August 31, 2023.


Application Assistance pays for support services for creating and submitting grant applications.

Access Support additional funding that supports access costs associated with creating, developing, or executing a project funded by a BC Arts Council Project Assistance 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.

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