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

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

Download the Program Guidelines (PDF)

Download the Application Checklist (PDF)

Download the 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.

Applications are currently being accepted until December 14, 2023.


Program and Guidelines Overview

Application Overview

Application Assistance
Provides funding for support services for creating and submitting grant applications.

Access Support
Provides additional funding that contributes to access costs associated with creating or developing a project funded by a BC Arts Council 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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