The Professional Projects Assistance program for Literary Arts Organizations supports the development, enrichment and creation of new or unique public programming in the literary arts.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring intake for this program has been delayed and will launch in early April, with an extended deadline of May 30.

Please note: We are placing a temporary blackout period on new applications for activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings taking place between March 26 and June 30. This date could be adjusted if the current provincial and federal orders and directives in place are extended.

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

General Criteria

An eligible applicant must:

  • Be an arts organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year, or
  • Be readily identified as a B.C. collective or group.


  • Be based in British Columbia and offer activities, presentations or public programming in B.C.
  • Engage competent artistic/editorial and management leadership as demonstrated in previous achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.
  • Compensate artists, writers and other professional practitioners at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols
  • Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline date for this program.

Awards may be available to assist with a specific project or with the artistic programming activities of an organization.

Under normal circumstances, applicants for Professional Project Assistance - Literary Arts must, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, demonstrate a record of realizing comparable projects at a professional standard.

Specific Eligibility Criteria


In addition to the General Eligibility criteria, under normal circumstances, a collective must:

  • Consist of a group of three or more writers, editors or other literary arts professionals who are professionally active in literary arts.
  • Each member of a collective must have a minimum of two years of professional practice in their field, following basic training, and must have a demonstrated body of previous work as an individual practitioner.
  • Apply under the name of an individual member of the collective, acting as a key contact person and listed as the submitting officer. The key contact person will be held responsible for the application and subsequent report. If the application is successful, this person will receive payment
    of the award on behalf of the collective.
  • Each member of the independent collective must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, readily identified as a professional British Columbia artist, and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application.

Incorporated Arts Organizations

In addition to the General Eligibility Criteria, an organization must:

  • Provide financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Not currently receive operating assistance from the BC Arts Council.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about what is eligible for funding.

How to Apply

The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer that corresponds to their area of practice prior to submission.

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

Program guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Professional Literary Organizations Program Guidelines