• Program Type
    Individual Arts Awards
  • Application Deadline
    November 15, 2019
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


This program assists professional visual artists, craft artists and independent critics or curators to create specific projects in their discipline.

Awards are available to support the creation of new works. Applications can be made by individuals or a collaboration of two or more practitioners who share creative control of a project.

Who Can Apply

Under normal circumstances, to be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in British Columbia for one year immediately prior to application.
  • Be a professional visual or craft artist or independent critic or curator, who has completed all basic training (not necessarily in academic institutions) and is not enrolled in full-time studies.
  • Have completed two or more years of artistic practice subsequent to basic training, and, as a visual or craft artist, had two or more professionally curated exhibitions for which they have received exhibition fees; or, 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.
  • Be applying for the first or second time with the same new work, or, if the applicant has applied for the same project twice before, have substantively changed the proposal.
  • Have final creative control over the proposed work

For collaborative applications, each individual applicant must meet these eligibility criteria.

For independent curators and critics, awards are available for those who develop their practice independently from art organizations or institutions. Applications may be to investigate the visual and media arts as well as museum practice.

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

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

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. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Program guidelines 2019/20 - PDF version

For a preview of what the online application form for 2019/20 looks like please click here - PDF version