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Early Career Development Program

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits and Individual
Artists for Career Development Opportunities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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British Columbia (BC) Arts Council

Deadline Date:

06/15/18 4:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to British Columbia individual artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for internships, mentorships, and residencies that will promote the development of early-career artists and other arts and cultural professionals.

The program will support early career practitioners to develop their practice while building their portfolio, professional exposure and/or career experience through co-op placement, internship, residency, and mentorship opportunities. The program is intended to support the development of knowledge, learning and capacity within the sector and to create opportunities for the next generation of artists and practitioners.

The program will support the career development of B.C.-based early career and emerging practitioners through three components:

Component I: Internships will provide arts and cultural organizations from across B.C. with the opportunity to host merging practitioners in paid internships of up to one year.

Component II: Residencies will provide individual artists and practitioners with the opportunity to pursue residencies with arts and culture organizations across the province, nationally and internationally.

Component III: Mentorships will provide individual artists and practitioners with the opportunity to develop sustained one-on-one learning and development relationships with established practitioners working in their fields, art forms and disciplines, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Supported Activities:

Component I: Internships - To be supported through this component of the program, an internship project must:

- Employ an eligible intern as a paid employee for a maximum of 12 months. Both full-time and part-time placements are eligible, however priority may be given to projects offering full-time employment opportunities. See FAQs for further discussion and definitions of employment terms.
- Take place within and be hosted by an applicant organization recently assisted by the BC Arts Council; see Who Can Apply? section for eligibility.
- Compensate artists and other professional practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards. See FAQs for further detail and examples.
- Identify the intern to be hired.
- Identify a designated, qualified mentor within the organization to supervise and support the intern.

Funds awarded from this program should be allocated toward the intern’s full salary. MERCs (Mandatory Employment Related Costs), benefits and other costs for supplies, travel, professional development and other fees directly related to the internship may also be eligible, but may not receive the same priority of support.

Component II: Residencies- To be supported through this component of the program, a residency project must:

- Provide significant opportunities for skills sharing and/or knowledge exchange with artistic peers, mentors and/or community members. Funded residencies will not have the creation of new artistic work as their sole objective; those which offer a mix of learning and creation will be eligible for support if the application clearly outlines how participation will advance the applicant’s practice and career development.
- Include specific objectives, learning opportunities and measures.
- Be hosted by an identified, recognized arts and/or cultural organization.
- Compensate artists and other professional practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards. See FAQs for further detail and examples.
- Take place over a period of 8 weeks to one year.

The activity may take place in British Columbia, elsewhere in Canada, or internationally.

Component III: Mentorships - To be supported through this component of the program, a mentorship project must:

- Be an individual, structured relationship with a recognized professional who will provide qualified and specific mentorship. Funded mentorships will not have the creation of new artistic work as their sole objective; those which offer a mix of learning and creation will be eligible for support where the application clearly outlines how participation will advance the applicant’s practice and career development.
- Identify the mentor.
- Include specific objectives, learning opportunities and measures.
- Compensate artists and other professional practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards. See FAQs for further detail and examples.
-Take place over a period of 8 weeks to one year.

The activity may take place in British Columbia, elsewhere in Canada, or internationally.

Eligible Costs:

Eligible costs for each component are listed below, in order of priority. The priority for this program is to support the salary and/or subsistence costs of the early career practitioner.

Please note that grants awarded may not cover all eligible costs. The value of grants awarded will be determined based on the assessment of the jury and the priorities of the program.

Appropriate compensation for artists and practitioners is fundamental to all components of this program.

Component I: Internships

1) Salary or wages for the intern.
2) MERCs and related benefits for the intern.
3) Supplies, professional development and other fees directly related to the internship.
4) Travel costs associated with the temporary relocation of the intern for the duration of the
placement.

Component II: Residencies

1) Subsistence costs for the applicant (maximum $2000/month). See FAQs for more information
about subsistence costs.
2) Travel and accommodation expenses directly related to the residency.
3) Supplies, materials and other hard costs directly related to the residency.
4) Residency fees paid to host organization and/or fees paid to mentors and other professionals.

Component III: Mentorships

1) Subsistence costs for the applicant (maximum $2000/month). See FAQs for more information
about subsistence costs.
2) Travel and accommodation expenses, directly related to the mentorship, for applicant and/or
mentor.
3) Fees paid to mentors and other professional fees.
4) Supplies, materials and other hard costs directly related to the mentorship.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145326

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount that may be requested is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Component I: Internships - Internships are for a maximum of 12 months

Component II: Residencies- Residencies may take place over a period of 8 weeks to one year.

Component III: Mentorships - Mentorships may take place over a period of 8 weeks to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

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

Applicants to this program must be working within the arts disciplines funded by the BC Arts Council, including:

-Community-based arts practice
-Museums, archival and curatorial practice
-Literary (creative writing, publishing)
-Dance (performance, choreography)
-Media arts (film, video, audio/sound art, new media)
-Theatre (acting, directing, technical, design, musical theatre)
-Music (performance, composition)
-Visual arts, craft, and curatorial practice

Applicants working in arts administration or within a multi- or interdisciplinary artistic practice are eligible. Please contact your program officer with any questions regarding the eligibility of your discipline or practice.

Past recipients of BC Arts Council grants must have submitted all required final reports by the deadline date in order to be eligible.

All applicants are urged to determine their eligibility with the appropriate program officer prior to submitting an application.

Component I: Internships - In order to be eligible for support through this component, you must:

- Be an organization assisted by the BC Arts Council in the five most recent years (2013/14-2017/18 government fiscal years) through BC Arts Council operating or discipline-specific project programs; OR,
- Be an incorporated non-profit arts and cultural organization assisted through the BC Arts Council’s Shared Cost Arrangement programs at BC Touring Council or First Peoples’ Cultural Council (Aboriginal Arts Development Awards) in the two most recent years (2016/17 or 2017/18 government fiscal years).

In addition, in order to be eligible for Component I: Internships, you must:

- Hire an intern who meets the eligibility criteria of the early career and emerging artists and practitioners identified for Components III and IV, below.

Components II and III: Residencies and Mentorships - Individuals may receive up to a maximum of two awards in total from the Early Career Development program. Individuals who have already received two awards in either the Mentorships or Residencies components, or a combination of both, are not eligible to apply.

In order to be eligible for support through these components of the program, you must:

- Be a B.C.-based early career professional individual artist or cultural practitioner. For the purposes of this program, early career and emerging artists and cultural practitioners are defined as artists and practitioners who: Are committed to developing a practice and career in the arts that will allow them to work full-time at their practice when financially possible; AND EITHER Are under the age of 30; OR, Have completed peer-recognized basic training in their discipline or art form within the last five years.
- Have completed peer-recognized basic training in your discipline or art form (not necessarily in academic institutions). If you will complete basic training within 6 months of the application deadline and before the proposed activity begins, you are eligible to apply; however, priority may be given to applicants who have completed their basic training. Full-time students are not eligible. Please see the BC Arts Council Scholarship Program or the Co-op Placements Program for information on grants available to support full-time students.
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Be a resident of British Columbia and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application, and who ordinarily lives in B.C. Applicants who have resided outside the province within the last twelve months must be able to demonstrate that their absence was temporary (for example, for educational or artistic opportunities) in order to be eligible for support.

B.C. residents should carry B.C. medical (MSP) and a B.C. driver’s licence/ID, and should have filed an income tax return for the most recent calendar year to Canada Revenue Agency as a British Columbia resident. Applicants must be prepared to provide documentation to support their residency status upon request.

Collaborative applications will be accepted, however, all participating applicants must meet the eligibility criteria AND one individual artist must make the application on behalf of the collective or partnership.

Applicants who have previously received support through other programs of the BC Arts Council or its third-party delivery partners are eligible if all other criteria are met.

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

Applicants to Components II or III may not be named as the intern to be hired in an application to Component I: Internships

Awards are not available for:

-Operating costs.
-Project phases that have begun prior to the application deadline.
-Touring expenses.
-Capital expenditures (construction, renovation, or purchase of property or equipment).
-Fundraising.
-Start-up costs or seed money.
-Feasibility studies.
-The creation or preparation of performances/exhibitions for competitions.
-Projects that are secondary to other purposes (e.g. fundraising events, conventions, or family, religious or community celebrations).
-Projects or activities that are funded through other programs of the BC Arts Council or its third party delivery partners.
-Specific vocational placements required as part of basic training/accreditation (formal apprenticeships, practica, etc.).
-Projects related to continuing education, post-secondary and/or training programs.
-Projects taking place within post-secondary institutions.
-Unpaid work placements.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants, especially new applicants, are urged to discuss their request with Council staff prior to submission.

The application deadline is June 15, 2018.

Applications are accepted by mail and must be postmarked by Canada Post or a courier company no later than June 15, 2017. Applications may be hand delivered or delivered by courier up to 4:00 PM on the deadline day.

Support through this program may form up to 100% of the total project budget; however, proposals demonstrating appropriately diversified revenue streams may receive priority.

Please note that grants may be awarded for less than the requested amounts based on the assessment of the jury and the priorities of the program.

fAQs: http://www.bcartscouncil.ca/faq.htm

Contact Information:

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

Given the high volume of inquiries in the weeks before the deadline, please contact your officer as far in advance as possible.

A full list of Program Officers is available at:
http://www.bcartscouncil.ca/about/coordinators.htm

Chris Gilpin (Performing Arts)
Tel: 778 698-3585
Email: chris.gilpin@gov.bc.ca

Sheryl Jones (Studio Arts)
Tel: 778.698.3522
Email: sheryl.jones@gov.bc.ca

Mailing Address:
Box 9819, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W3

Location Address:
800 Johnson Street, 2nd Floor
FlVictoria, British Columbia
V8W 1N3

P: (250) 356-1718
F: (250) 387-4099
bcartscouncil@gov.bc.ca

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