• Program Type
    Project Assistance
  • Application Deadline
    November 15, 2020
  • 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.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have placed a temporary blackout period for activities that involve international travel and/or in-person gatherings of over 50. The blackout dates could be adjusted depending on current provincial and federal orders and directives. Please refer to the appropriate section of our dedicated COVID 19 Update page before completing your application.

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

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 be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and 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, review our Determining B.C. Residency
  • 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 after basic training, and,
    • as a visual or craft artist, had two or more professionally curated exhibitions for which they have received exhibition fees (CARFAC or equivalent); 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Have final creative control over the proposed work.
  • Compensate artists and arts professionals 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, if applicable.
  • Have submitted any outstanding final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline date for this program.

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 2020

Preview of online application