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Indigenous Arts Program (IAP) - Individual Artists

Grants to British Columbia Indigenous Artists and Arts
Professionals for Creative Development Opportunities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 4:30 PM PST

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to British Columbia Indigenous artists and arts professionals in all disciplines for artistic, professional, and creative development opportunities. Priority funding is intended to support projects that emphasize both creative initiatives and participation of Indigenous artists. Projects that request achievable levels of financial assistance and demonstrate financial need will also receive priority.

Artists must have 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 will have completed basic training in their field (learned from a mentor artist, post-secondary education, or other training), demonstrated their commitment to their art form, and be working to develop their activities to a professional or advanced skill level. They will also demonstrate support by recognized Indigenous artists, or cultural or community leaders.

Individual Artists Grants are meant to assist 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 artistic practice

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 has been a resident of British Columbia for at least 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.

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:

Applications are due online by September 15, 2020, at 4:30 PM PST.

If you are not able to complete an application online, please contact program staff

Please do not contact staff regarding the status of your application. All applicants will be advised of jury decisions approximately 12 weeks after the application deadline

About the Grant Portal: http://www.fpcc.ca/about-us/news-room/news09121901.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://fpcc.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

Direct questions to:
Hilary Strang
hilary@fpcc.ca
(250) 893-9098

First Peoples’ Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C., V8M 1N9
Phone: 250-652-5952
Fax: 250- 652-5953

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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