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Grants to British Columbia Arts Organizations, Publishers,
and Indigenous Governments to Create Arts and Cultural Spaces

Project Assistance: Arts Infrastructure Program

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British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC)

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01/14/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to British Columbia arts and cultural organizations, publishers, and indigenous governments for projects that enhance arts and cultural spaces. Applicants must contact the funding source and complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects within the following disciplines: Community Arts, Dance, Deaf, Disability and Mad Arts, Festivals, Indigenous Cultural Centres, Literary, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Publishing, Theatre, Visual Arts. All projects must clearly demonstrate how they benefit arts and cultural practitioners.

The program aims to support projects that:

  • Catalyze the development of new or existing arts and cultural spaces through acquisition, renovation, or purchase of specialized equipment;
  • Improve physical, social, and cultural accessibility to arts and cultural spaces
  • Enhance access to arts and cultural spaces for underserved communities and underrepresented arts and cultural practices; and
  • Strengthen the capacity of the sector to develop, operate, and sustain arts and cultural spaces.

There are three project categories:

  • Category 1: Planning and Consultation: Planning processes and research to support the acquisition, development, or enhancement of arts and cultural facilities.
  • Category 2: Capital Improvements: Building-based projects involving the purchase, construction, renovation, or expansion of an arts and/or cultural facility
  • Category 3: Specialized Equipment Acquisition: Projects focused solely on the purchase of specialized equipment for long-term use and associated installation expenses

Awards are available to support:

  • Spaces used for arts and cultural purposes more than 50% of the time.
  • Planning, consultation, and research processes to support the development or acquisition of arts and cultural facilities including architectural plans, energy studies, feasibility studies, and community consultation.
  • Acquisition, construction, renovation, or expansion of an arts and cultural facility.
  • Purchase of specialized equipment and associated installation expenses for long-term use.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191863

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Planning & Consultation: Up to $25,000
- Capital Improvements: Up to $250,000
- Specialized Equipment Acquisition: Awards up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed before December 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Provide public arts and cultural programming in British Columbia and have done so for a minimum of two years.
- Have submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.

An Arts and Cultural Organization must also:
- Be an organization with a dedicated arts and cultural mandate that is registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in the Province of British Columbia for at least two fiscal years prior to application.
- Be a professional public arts and cultural organization operated by a local government, Indigenous Government, Indigenous Community Organization, or Métis Chartered Community in the Province of British Columbia for at least two fiscal year prior to application, with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s public programs and services.
- Be a professional public arts and cultural organization operated by a public post-secondary institution in the Province of British Columbia for at least two fiscal years prior to application, with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s public programs and services, that offers public programming and/or provides regular ongoing access to the non-academic community.
- Be a for-profit book publisher.

For information about exclusions see:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission is January 14, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m.

Applicants are required to discuss their application with the program officer prior to submission

New applicants must register in the online system. Approval of a registration request may take up to four business days. New registrants are notified of approval and provided access to grant applications.

The requested amount to this program must be 75% or less of the total project budget; or may be up to 90% of the total project budget for projects from organizations led by and/or rooted in:
- Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit) communities
- Underserved communities, including Deaf, Disability and Mad arts; Racialized and/or people of color; 2SLGBTQQIA+
- Rural and remote areas (with a population under 25,000, outside of the capital region and outside greater Vancouver).

For the 2021 intake, applicant contributions to the project budget can be composed of both cash and/or in-kind contributions. The project budget must balance in-kind revenues with in-kind expenses.

Decisions will be made within 16 weeks of the application deadline.

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Contact Information:

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

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Sarah Todd – Program Officer

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