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Indigenous Arts Program (IAP) - Individual Artists

Grants to British Columbia Indigenous Artists and Arts Professionals
for Creative, Artistic, and Professional Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) and BC Arts Council (BCAC)

Deadline Date:

09/30/19 Postmarked or delivered


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Grants of up to $10,000 to British Columbia Indigenous artists and arts professionals in all disciplines for projects to contribute to artistic, professional, and creative development. Priority will be given to projects emphasizing both creative initiatives and the participation of Indigenous artists. Projects that request achievable levels of financial assistance and demonstrate financial need will receive priority.

The Indigenous Arts Program will assist with projects initiated and directed by Indigenous artists and arts professionals not eligible for existing BC Arts Council programs. The Individual Artists program is intended solely for Indigenous artists who have a demonstrated commitment to their artistic practice in any artistic discipline − visual, music, dance, theatre, literary or media, and including the contemporary practice of traditionally based forms. Applicants should have completed basic training in their field, demonstrated their commitment to their art form, and be working to develop their activities to a professional skill level.

The Individual Artists program is meant to allow artists to:
- Increase their skills and knowledge through mentorship and training
- Pursue new approaches or techniques in their practice
- Gain the recognition of their peers (artists who work in the same artistic tradition)
- Develop a history of public presentation (not necessarily in publicly funded venues)
- Devote more time to their work

To be eligible, projects must:
- Have a clear artistic objective
- Provide creative or professional development opportunities for Indigenous artists
- Provide an opportunity for the artist to move forward in his/her practice
- Present a realistic and balanced budget, which clearly demonstrates financial need, and identifies other sources of revenue required to complete the project
- Indicate an achievable project timeline
- Have a start date after the application deadline

Eligible expenses include:
- Artists’, mentors’ and trainers’ fees
- Short-term living expenses
- Costs for production materials
- Project-related travel
- Touring and exhibition expenses
- Some administrative expenses related directly to project activities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149232

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants to individual artists up to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications to this program will be accepted from:
- Indigenous artists or arts professionals, 19 years of age or older, working in any artistic discipline, who have been a resident of British Columbia for the past year.

For the purposes of this program, the term “Indigenous artists” refers to a person with Indigenous descent or heritage, and includes First Nations, Métis or Inuit practitioners of both traditionally based and/or contemporary/experimental art forms. Registered Indian Status is not required.

To be eligible, the applicant must:
- Have previous experience that demonstrates a commitment to their artistic practice
- Demonstrate the support of recognized Indigenous artists, cultural or community leaders
- Not be a full-time student
- Submit only one application per deadline to the Individual Artist program and may receive only one award each fiscal year
- Not have the same project funded through the BCAC support programs
- Not be requesting funding for an applied arts project. For example, carpentry, graphic design, interior design, etc.

Note: Individual artists who have received an Indigenous Arts Program grant in the past ARE eligible to apply to BC Arts Council programs in the same discipline during the next calendar year.

The following expenses are NOT eligible for funding through this program:
- Projects related to post-secondary education
- Capital and business development costs
- Equipment purchases, for example: camera, video camera, laptop, sewing machine, etc.
- Note: Equipment rentals are eligible
- Capital renovation costs; and expenses incurred in annual community celebrations

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: Next application deadline is Sunday, September 30, 2019
- Deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays are extended to the next business day.
- Please do not contact staff regarding the status of your application.
- All applicants will be advised of jury decisions approximately 16 weeks after the application deadline.

To discuss your project ideas, seek additional information or to request application forms, please contact Arts Program Staff.

The Council requires all applicants to create a profile on the First Peoples’ Arts Map. This is a free account for connecting with other artists and promoting your artwork, events, and arts organizations/collectives. Do not create a second profile if you already have an account.

Two support letters are required, they should be current and specific to this project/proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail or deliver application packages to:
Arts Program Staff
First Peoples’ Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C., V8M 1N9

For more information, please contact:
Nikki Thomas:
Phone: 250-652-5952 Ext. 212
Fax (250) 652-5953

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia