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Grants to British Columbia Artists and Nonprofits for Career Development Opportunities

Early Career Development Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
145326

Funding Source
British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC)
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Geographic Focus
Canada: British Columbia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/30/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $30,000 to British Columbia individual emerging artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for professional development efforts. Applicants must complete the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for opportunities, such as internships, mentorships, and residencies, which will promote the development of early-career artists and other arts and cultural professionals.

Early Career Development supports immersive and highly impactful opportunities for emerging and early career practitioners to:

  • Develop their artistic and/or administrative practice.
  • Participate in knowledge transfer, skill-sharing, and reciprocal learning in the sector.
  • Expand their career experience, professional networks and exposure, and professional portfolio.
  • Build capacity in their identified community(ies), e.g. geographic, cultural, area of practice, etc.

Assistance through this program is available to both arts and cultural organizations and to individual art practitioners through four components:

For Organizations:

  • Component 1: Internship supports arts and cultural organizations to host an early career practitioner in a paid internship.
  • Component 2: Cohort supports arts and cultural organizations to host a group of early-career practitioners in paid professional development positions.

For Individuals:

  • Component 3: Residency supports early-career practitioners to pursue a residency with an arts and cultural organization.
  • Component 4: Mentorship supports early-career practitioners to develop sustained, one-on-one learning through mentorship with an established practitioner working in their field, art form, and/or discipline.

For a list of eligible disciplines and fields of practice, see https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/disciplines-and-practices/

Application Assistance:

Individuals who self-identify as Deaf or have a disability, and organizations with a primary mandate to serve Deaf or disability arts practices are eligible for the BC Arts Council's Accessibility programs:

  • Application Assistance – pays for support services for creating and submitting grant applications.
  • Access Support – additional funding that supports access costs associated with creating or developing a project funded by a BC Arts Council grant.

For information regarding eligible projects and expenses for organizations, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Organizations_FINAL.pdf#page=5

For information regarding eligible expenses for individuals, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Individuals_FINAL-REV.pdf#page=5



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individuals and organizations may apply to this program through separate components.

Organizations:
To be eligible to participate in any component, an early career practitioner must:
- Be working in one or more of the arts disciplines funded by the BC Arts Council;
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident who ordinarily resides in B.C., having lived in the province for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application being submitted. For more information, review the Determining B.C. Residency link, in Pre-Application Information, below.
- Not be enrolled in full-time studies when the project is taking place;
- Not have been named in two previous successful Early Career Development applications regardless of component, i.e., an individual may participate in a maximum of two Early Career Development projects in their lifetime;
- Not be named in any other application in this program’s current intake; and
- Not have any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants.

AND EITHER
- Identify with one of the BC Arts Council’s Designated Priority Groups, as described here: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Organizations_FINAL.pdf#page=1, and have completed basic training in their discipline within ten years of the application deadline;

OR
- Have completed basic training in their discipline within five years of the application deadline.

Early Career Practitioners are eligible if basic training will be complete within six months of the application deadline and before the proposed activity begins. “Basic training” means appropriate and relevant education that has prepared an Early Career Practitioner to work at a professional level; for example:
- Traditional knowledge transfer or an apprenticeship with a qualified, peer-recognized practitioner;
- An apprenticeship with a qualified, peer-recognized practitioner;
- A degree or certificate program from an academic institution; or
- Self-directed learning may be eligible. Applicants must contact a program advisor to discuss.

For additional eligibility information for organizations, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Organizations_FINAL.pdf#page=3

Individuals:
To be eligible to participate, an early career practitioner must:
- Be working in one or more of the arts disciplines funded by the BC Arts Council;
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident who ordinarily resides in B.C., having lived in the province for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application being submitted. For more information, review the Determining B.C. Residency link, in Pre-Application Information, below.
- Not be enrolled in full-time studies when the project is taking place;
- Not have been named in two previous successful Early Career Development applications regardless of component, i.e., an individual may participate in a maximum of two Early Career Development projects in their lifetime;
- Not be named in any other application in this program’s current intake; and
- Not have any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants.

AND EITHER
- Identify with one of the BC Arts Council’s Designated Priority Groups, as described here: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Individuals_FINAL-REV.pdf#page=1, and have completed basic training in their discipline within ten years of the application deadline;

OR
- Have completed basic training in their discipline within five years of the application deadline. Applicants are eligible if basic training will be complete within six months of the application deadline and before the proposed activity begins.

For additional eligibility information for individuals, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Individuals_FINAL-REV.pdf#page=4

Ineligible
Early Career Development is not intended to support established or mid-career artists and practitioners transitioning within their practice or career.

For funding exclusion information for organizations, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Organizations_FINAL.pdf#page=7

For funding exclusions for individuals, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/05/FY2023-24_ECD_Individuals_FINAL-REV.pdf#page=6

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2023, no later than 11:59 p.m.

New applicants must register and create a profile in the online system. It may take up to five business days to process a registration request.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with a program officer prior to submission.

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

FAQ: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/faq/

How to Apply: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/how-to-apply-online/

Determining B.C. Residency: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/determining-b-c-residency/

Disciplines and Practices: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/disciplines-and-practices/

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum amount that may be requested is $30,000.

Individuals can request a maximum of $500/week intended to support basic living costs such as housing, food, and local transportation when they are devoting most of their time to the project.

Contact Information
Register and apply online: https://bcac.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

Contacts:

Erin Macklem, Program Advisor
Erin.Macklem@gov.bc.ca
778-698-1416

Michelle Benjamin, Program Advisor
Michelle.Benjamin@gov.bc.ca
236-478-2582

Contact Nicola Dunne, Accessibility Coordinator at 778-405-4007 or Nicola.Dunne@gov.bc.ca.

BC Arts Council
Box 9819, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W3
P: (250) 356-1718
bcartscouncil@gov.bc.ca

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