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Community Presenters Assistance (CPA) Grant Program

Grants to British Columbia Community Arts Organizations
and Nonprofits to Support Professional Arts Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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British Columbia (BC) Arts Council - British Columbia (BC) Touring Council

Deadline Date:

02/01/21 - Postmarked or Emailed


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia community arts organizations and nonprofit organizations to present a series or season of professional performing arts touring events. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to enable the engagement of professional touring artists and enhance community arts programming.

Community Presenters Assistance is a partnership program of the BC Touring Council, the Province of BC, and the BC Arts Council, for the purpose of supporting performing arts touring throughout British Columbia by professional artists. This is carried out by providing grants to non–profit organizations in all regions of BC who present a professional performing artist series in their communities and create a healthy touring network. 

Eligible Types of Programming - In addition to live performance or in lieu of the ability to present live performance the following may be considered:

  • Live streaming and/or videos ie youtube to be made available online
  • Doing two or three smaller performances in place of one
  • Partnering with other presenters in the region. Or throughout the province if through virtual platforms
  • Focus on BC Artists – local and regional professional artists may be considered

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145339

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are two presenter categories:
- Community Presenter – Maximum Award: $10,000
- Key Presenter – Maximum Award: $15,000

If you received a grant from the first and/or second intake of CPA (June 2020, November 2020), and are making a third application, place your total eligible amount as your grant request but keep in mind, you can not receive more than the maximum for the year. In other words, if you were a Key Presenter and received a grant of $10,000 from the first intake and $3,000 for the second intake, the maximum grant you could receive from the third intake would be $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Events must occur between Feb 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must:
- Be a community-based arts organization (i.e. arts must be the primary objective described in its incorporation documents);
- Be a registered not-for-profit society in BC with a minimum one year presenting activity prior to application and must provide financial statements for the most recently concluded fiscal year;
- Have completed and submitted final reports for any outstanding funding assistance provided through the BC Arts Council prior to making application for new funding;
- Be applying for programming which will occur between February 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 (i.e. applications for deficits resulting from previous programming are not eligible).

For further eligibility criteria for Community Presenters and Key Presenters, see p. 3 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Activities ineligible under this program include but are not limited to the following:
- Applicants from the municipalities of Vancouver and Victoria;
- Non-Canadian artists, local artists and/or non-professional artists (amateur choirs) or highly commercial artists and any/all non-“performing artist” presentations (such as films, author readings, lectures, etc.);
- Artists not being paid fees at professional rates;
- “Splits of the door” where no guaranteed professional fee is contracted;
- Artists appearing in a series for more than two consecutive years;
- Community festivals:
- Organizations receiving Professional Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council

- Non-Canadian artists, local artists and/or nonprofessional artists (amateur choirs) or highly commercial artists and any/all non-“performing artist” presentations (such as films, author readings, lectures)
- Artists who live in your community or are able to easily drive home the night of the performance.
- Choral and dance groups which do not pay their singer/dancers. They may be listed but you must show zero as the eligible funding.
- Festivals and/or performances as part of festivals.
- Performances already supported by BC Arts Council programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: February 1, 2021.

First Time Applicant: Contact Program Coordinator before completing your application.

It’s a good practice to contact the program coordinator prior to completing your application. You shouldn’t hesitate to ask any questions. He is there to help you prepare the best application you can to be put to the adjudication committee.

Two options for sending your applications and support documents:
1. Electronically– February 1, 2021.
2. Physically– Canada Post postmarked by February 1, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications and direct questions to:
John McLachlan (Program Coordinator)
1 877 664-2999

Mailed applications should be sent to:
CPA c/o John McLachlan
4000 Parnell Rd
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;


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