Project Assistance: Literary Arts supports professional literary arts organizations in British Columbia to develop and promote Canadian literature and Canadian writers through publishing, presentation, and dissemination of works of literary, artistic, or cultural importance. This is achieved through support for:

  • a single literary arts activity or event, or the artistic programming activities of a literary arts organization or collective;
  • periodicals that publish and promote artistic expression and/or social, cultural, or intellectual commentary or inquiry; or
  • the publication of up to three books by an eligible book publisher.

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:

  • provide arts and cultural programming or service to the arts and culture sector in B.C. and have done so for a minimum of one year.
  • engage professionals in artistic, curatorial, administrative or project leadership.
  • fairly compensate artists, arts and cultural practitioners, technicians, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers. Compensation must align with project and community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
  • adhere to the Criminal Records Review Act which requires that people who work with or may have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program.
  • not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
  • have completed and submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.

An eligible applicant must also be:

  • a professional literary organization, book publisher, or periodical publisher based and registered and in good standing in B.C. as a non-profit society or community service co-op for at least one year.


  • a B.C.-based, Canadian-owned book publisher that is a legally registered company in B.C.


  • a book or periodical publisher led by an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) community organization or Indigenous government in B.C., for at least one fiscal year prior to application, with a community-based board of management that sets editorial policies.


  • a professional literary organization or periodical publisher operated by an accredited post-secondary institution in B.C. with an independent advisory board that sets editorial and other policies for programs and services undertaken.


  • an established arts or curatorial collective, which must:
    • be identified as an independent collective consisting of three or more B.C. artists and/or arts and culture practitioners who each:
      • are professionally active in their field of practice
      • have a minimum two years of professional practice in their field following basic training.
      • have a demonstrated history of creating or presenting work and a clear commitment to current practice.
      • are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and have been a resident of B.C. for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. See Determining B.C. Residency.
    • be able to demonstrate current fixed costs related to their practice and ongoing activities as a collective.
    • apply under the name of an individual member of the collective who acts as the key contact person and be listed as the submitting representative within the online grant system. If the application is successful, this person receives payment of the award on behalf of the group, is issued a T4A, and is responsible for submitting the final report.
    • have eligibility confirmed by a program officer prior to applying.

An eligible professional literary organization must also:

  • provide ongoing literary arts programming and/or service to the arts and culture sector in B.C. and have done so for a minimum of one year with a commitment to ongoing operations.

An eligible arts periodical publisher must also:

  • have operated and engaged in publishing activity for a minimum of one year with a commitment to continued operations.
  • publish an arts periodical—either print or electronic—in B.C. and have published at least two issues in the year preceding the application deadline (print periodicals) or have maintained a publishing program and had two issues available for at least 12 months before the application deadline (electronic periodicals). Arts periodicals that meet the eligibility for both print and electronic components must choose one of the two formats when applying.
  • operate year-round and publish on a regular, clearly communicated schedule, and publish at least two editions or issues per calendar year.

An eligible book publisher must also:

  • have its head office, general office, editorial office, general operations, and management based in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application.
  • in the case of legally registered companies, be managed and financially controlled by B.C. residents who own at least 75% of the company.
  • have operated in B.C. for a minimum of one year with book publishing as the primary (and not peripheral or occasional) business, with the publication of original titles as the focus.
  • maintain full control of the editorial process and have editorial independence from any other company. Where affiliations exist, publishers must be able to demonstrate separate editorial departments, budgets, and financial statements for each book publishing operation.
  • have at least four eligible titles in print, have published at least two eligible titles in the previous year, and be committed to an ongoing program of publishing eligible titles.
  • issue royalty statements on a regular basis and fulfill all contractual obligations to writers, illustrators, translators, and other copyright licensors. Publishers owing payments as of the submission deadline may not be eligible for funding.

How to Apply

The deadlines for submission are May 31, 2022 and October 15, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m. The BC Arts Council office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Applications must be submitted via the online grant system. Applicants must ensure that all information (including address verification) and documentation in their online profile is up to date before submitting an application.

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. New registrants will be notified once their registration is processed and they are able to access grant applications.

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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)

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