Touring Initiatives supports artists, collectives, and arts organizations undertaking touring activities outside the province that will lead to enhanced professional opportunities.

Funding is provided for projects that are scheduled as part of significant national or international cultural events or that take advantage of significant market development and audience development and touring opportunities. Priority will be given to tours that are professionally organized and are paying fees to artists.

There are two categories of Touring Initiatives grants:

  • Category A – Representation at a Significant National or International Exhibition or Event
  • Category B – Market and Audience Development or Touring Opportunity


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are placing a temporary blackout period on new applications for activities that involve out-of-province travel and/or in-person gatherings of over 50 taking place between March 26 and September 30. This date could be adjusted if the current provincial and federal orders and directives in place are extended.

We have opened the August 1 intake early to allow those were planning to apply to the April deadline an opportunity to apply as soon as possible for initiatives that are achievable within the current travel and in-person gathering restrictions. If you have already submitted an application for the April deadline and need to revise it, please contact your program officer who can revert the application back to you for editing.

In response to these extraordinary circumstances, the jury for the August intake will consider proposals that support activities that start anytime after the date the application is submitted to the online system (rather than the program deadline).

This is one of a series of program changes that the BC Arts Council has made in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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

Who Can Apply

In order to be eligible for support through this program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

Professional Arts Organizations

  • Be an organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year.
  • Provide financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Have operated and offered public programming for a minimum of one year as a non-profit society.

Professional Independent Artists

  • Have worked in their discipline as a professional practitioner for at least two years following completion of basic studies and have a demonstrated body of previous work.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application.

Professional Collectives, Groups or Ensembles

  • Be readily identified as a professional B.C. collective, group or ensemble.
  • Apply under the name of an individual member of the collective, acting as a key contact person and listed as the submitting officer, who meets the eligibility criteria for Professional Independent Artists. The key contact person will be held responsible for the application and subsequent report. If the application is successful, this person will receive payment of the award on behalf of the group.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about what is eligible for funding.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted throughout the year. There are three intake deadlines: April 1, August 1 and December 1. Applications received in the period leading up to each deadline will be adjudicated together.

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Management System (GMS). 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 a profile in the system, an online application form needs to be filled in and submitted.

You can access the main log in page of the BCAC Online Grant Management System by clicking the Apply Now button at the bottom of this webpage.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer that corresponds to their area of practice prior to submission.

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 were updated on March 31 with content regarding COVID-19

Touring Initiatives Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually

Preview of the online application form