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Early Career Development Program

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

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British Columbia (BC) Arts Council

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06/30/21 4:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date


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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 required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to support opportunities, such as internships, mentorships, and residencies, which will promote the development of early-career artists and other arts and cultural professionals.

Project Assistance: 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.

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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:

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

Unless the organization received a grant in the past the organization cannot receive a grant this year. The one exception is if the applicants is “an Indigenous Government, Friendship Centre, or Métis Chartered Community offering dedicated arts and culture activities” guidelines (organizations)
*url that lists all of the open grants where this grant can be found in the future:

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 our Determining B.C. Residency page.
- Not be enrolled in full-time studies.
- 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.
- Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline for this program. AND EITHER:
- Have completed basic training in their discipline within five years of the application deadline.
- Have completed basic training in their discipline within ten years of the application deadline and be 30 years old or younger at the application deadline.

AND/OR identify as:
- Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).
- Racialized (also referred to as Culturally Diverse, or Person of color, or Visible Minority).
- Deaf, a Person living with Disabilities and/or with Mental Illness.

AND/OR: Live in a small and/or isolated community outside of greater Vancouver or the capital region (not including Sooke, Metchosin, the Gulf Islands, or the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area).

Applicants 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:
- A degree or certificate program from an academic institution.
- Traditional knowledge transfer or an apprenticeship with a qualified, peer-recognized practitioner.

For additional eligibility information related to organizations, see:

For funding exclusions, see:

For additional eligibility information related to individuals, see:

For funding exclusions see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is June 30, 2021.

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System. Applicants are encouraged to register well before an application deadline (registration requests can take up to 4 business days to approve).

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


How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:


Erin Macklem, Program Officer

Michelle Benjamin, Program Officer

BC Arts Council
Box 9819, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W3
P: (250) 356-1718

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