The Project Assistance: Pivot Program supports the B.C. arts and culture sector in adapting their organizations, programs and practices in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pivot Program intends to support:

  1. Organizational Development and Transition – Projects that support organizations to undertake significant strategic initiatives to address organizational capacity needs and manage transition, including human resources, governance, community engagement and outreach, revenue diversification, and/or development projects. Projects will demonstrate a clear strategic and mission-driven approach to the overall development of the activity and will propose specific enhancements or shifts in the organization’s overall capacity and position as a result of the project.
  2. Adaptation in Artistic Practices – Projects that support a shift in artistic practices towards innovative forms of creation, production, development, presentation or exhibition. These projects will be responsive to the new realities of the 21stcentury; including digital transformations, reduction of green-house gases, responding to equity/diversity/access concerns, and developing new ways of operating in the current context of COVID-19.

Who Can Apply

Assistance through this program is available to arts and culture organizations, established collectives and B.C. Indigenous governments, Friendship Centres, or Métis Chartered communities.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be based in British Columbia and have an arts or culture mandate, or a mandate to provide services to the arts and culture sector in B.C.;
  • Have offered public programming, or provision of service or training to the arts and culture sector in B.C. for a minimum of two years;
  • Compensate arts and cultural practitioners fairly in keeping with community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering 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.

Further detail on eligibility is available in the program guidelines.

Organizations applying for or receiving the Expanded Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement are also eligible for the Pivot Program. More information is available here.

How to Apply

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

Registration requests, once completed in the online system, can take up to 4 business days to be approved by BCAC staff.

Once an applicant has an organization 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 the program officer.

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

Preview online application

Preview final report