The Scholarship Program supports the development of B.C.’s rich diversity of future artists and arts and cultural practitioners. Awards of up to $6,000 per year are available to B.C. residents to attend full-time post-secondary arts training or to pursue high school half-day dance programs.

Details of the 2022 intake will be posted in March.

COVID-19 & the BC Arts Council

We remain committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of individual grant programs could be affected, and in certain cases, programs may be suspended or deferred. Changes could also be made to the eligibility of activities within programs and successfully funded projects may need to make adaptations to comply with relevant public health orders, including those regarding gatherings and travel.

The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 Update page and individual pages for programs open for intake. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

Recognized fields of practice include in this program:

  • arts and cultural administration
  • community-engaged arts practice
  • contemporary and traditional applied arts (carving, ceramics, furniture, glass, graphic design, industrial design, illustration, jewellery, beading, metal arts, textiles)
  • Deaf, Disability and Mad arts
  • dance (performance, choreography)
  • literary (creative writing, fiction, graphic novel, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, publishing, screenwriting, spoken word)
  • media arts (animation, audio/sound art, film, interactive digital media, new media, video)
  • multi- and interdisciplinary arts practice
  • museum studies (collections management, conservation, curatorial practices, museum education)
  • music (performance (instruments, voice), composition, conducting, music production)
  • theatre (performance, directing, technical & design, musical theatre, circus arts)
  • visual arts and curatorial (drawing, painting, photography, installation, sculpture, mixed media)

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age as of April 30, 2021.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident who ordinarily resides in B.C., having lived in the province for at least the 12 continuous months prior to an application being submitted.
  • Be enrolled in a program of study that is: a fine arts diploma, degree or certificate program, or professional dance training, at a recognized college, university, institution or academy, in any country in one of the recognized fields of practice (listed above), or a pre-professional half-day dance program in combination with high school studies.
  • Be a full-time student with an equivalent course load for one or two terms between Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022.
    • A full-time student is defined by the educational institution or by a combination of half-day dance and half-day high school studies.

How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Management System (GMS). It is highly recommended you read How to Apply Online before starting this process. Please note, registration requests can take up to 4 business days to be approved by BCAC staff.

Once an applicant has a profile in the system, then an online application form needs to be filled in and submitted during the intake period.

All applicants, especially those 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.

Program Guidelines

Scholarships Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually

Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions

Preview of the online application form