Projects Assistance: Visual Arts Organizations supports the development, enrichment, and creation of new or unique public programming and documentation, including exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, and audience development.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have placed a temporary blackout period for activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings of over 50. The blackout dates could be adjusted depending on current provincial and federal orders and directives. Please refer to the appropriate section of our dedicated COVID 19 Update page before completing your application.

The BC Arts Council is 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 Update page and individual program pages. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

Assistance through this program is available to organizations and collectives that meet the following:

  • Be based in British Columbia and offer programming activity in B.C.
  • 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.

An Arts and Cultural Organization must:

  • Be an arts or cultural organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year;


  • Be a visual arts organization operated by a local government or First Nation in B.C. with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s public programs and services;


  • Be a visual arts organization operated by a public post-secondary institution in B.C. that offers public programming by visual arts professionals in a dedicated gallery facility with regular ongoing access to the non-academic community;


  • Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
  • Have operated and offered public programming for a minimum of one year.

An Arts or Curatorial Collective must:

  • Consist of a group of three or more arts or cultural practitioners who are professionally active and readily identified in their relevant field of practice.
  • Each member of the independent 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, and may not be a fulltime student.
  • Each member of the independent collective must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. For more information, please review our Determining B.C. Residency page.

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 are revised annually.

Program guidelines 2020

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