UPDATE: Information on the 2021 intake has yet to be released. Please check back in late February for details on the application process and guidelines.

This program assists BC residents with full-time arts training costs after they finish secondary school.

The Scholarship Program, the oldest program of Council, provides funding of up to $6,000 per year to outstanding arts students studying at the post-secondary level. B.C. residents attending full-time studies in a fine-arts diploma or degree program at a recognized college, university, institution or academy, in any country, are eligible to apply. Half-day high school dance programs may also be eligible.

This is a highly competitive, adjudicated process, and successful applicants will be assessed on their portfolio as well as the rest of their application. Recognized disciplines include arts administration, community-based arts practice, museology, conservation, dance, media arts, theatre, music, curatorial practice, and visual art.

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

To be eligible an applicant must be:

  • Attending an eligible full-time program as per program eligibility as outlined in the program guidelines.
  • At least 15 years of age at the time of application. Applicants who do not meet this requirement must submit a letter outlining reasons for special consideration (subject to approval by the adjudication committee).
  • A Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, able to provide a Canadian social insurance number.
  • A permanent resident in British Columbia. Applicants must be prepared to provide supporting documents.

For the purposes of this program a B.C. resident is:

  • One whose primary residence has been in B.C. for at least one year immediately prior to application,


  • One who ordinarily lives in B.C. (for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a post-secondary program of study)


  • One who files tax returns to Canada Revenue Agency as a British Columbia resident.

If you spent the year prior to application as a full-time student who has continued studying since high school, your residency may also be defined as the Canadian province in which your parent(s) (your main financial supporter), step-parent(s), sponsor or legal guardian have lived most recently for 12 continuous months.

B.C. residents should carry B.C. Medical, B.C. driver’s licence/ID and, if they have student loans, they should be issued by British Columbia. Students also must intend to return to B.C. when their studies are completed to be considered a B.C. resident.

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 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

Note: guidelines and supporting documents were updated on April 1 with content regarding COVID-19

Scholarships Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually

Scholarships Frequent Asked Questions

Scholarships Portfolio Requirements Booklet

Preview of the online application form