• Program Type
    Individual Arts Awards
  • Application Deadline
    December 6, 2021
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


Project Assistance for Visual Artists assists professional visual artists, contemporary and traditional craft artists, and independent critics and curators with the creation of specific projects.

Awards are available to support the creation of new works. Applications may be made by individuals or on behalf of a collaboration of two or more artists sharing creative control of a project.

Independent curators and critics may apply to develop their practice independently from art organizations or institutions. Applications may investigate visual and media arts and/or museum practice.

Funding is provided in two levels based on the scale and scope of the project.

Program Impacts and Changes Due to COVID-19

The BC Arts Council recognizes the unprecedented impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the B.C. arts and culture sector. While every effort is made to minimize revisions, program guidelines may be updated to align with current provincial and federal orders and public health directives. Please:

  • Ensure you have the latest version of the program guidelines as posted on the BC Arts Council website. Any changes to the guidelines made after the original posting will be clearly highlighted.
  • Find up-to-date information posted on our COVID-19 update page.

Who Can Apply

Who Can Apply

Assistance through this program is available to professional artists, critics and curators. For collaborative applications, each individual applicant must meet the eligibility criteria.

To demonstrate professional status, an applicant must:

  • Be a professional visual or craft artist or independent critic or curator, who has completed all basic training (not necessarily in academic institutions).
  • Have completed two or more years of artistic practice after basic training,


  • As a visual or craft artist, had two or more professionally curated exhibitions for which they have received exhibition fees (CARFAC or equivalent).


  • As an independent curator or critic, curated two or more exhibitions or professionally published two or more works of critical writing for which they have received professional fees.

Applicants who have received at least one grant to assist with the creation of work through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council Indigenous Arts Program, and have submitted a final report for that grant, may also apply.

To be eligible, an applicant must also:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • 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, see Determining B.C. Residency page.
  • Compensate artists and arts, museums, and culture 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 any outstanding final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline date for this program.
  • Have final creative control over the proposed work.
  • Be applying for either the first or second time with a project; if an applicant has twice applied unsuccessfully for the same project, the proposal must be substantively changed to be considered.

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 2021

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