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Grants and Scholarships to British Columbia Indigenous Artists and Art Students for Professional Development Opportunities

Individual Artists Program


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Funding Source
First Peoples Cultural Council (FPCC)
BC Arts Council
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Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/15/23 4:30 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 and scholarships of up to $15,000 to British Columbia Indigenous artists and art students for professional development opportunities. Funding is intended for artists with a demonstrated commitment to their artistic practice in any artistic discipline. The purpose of the program is to help First Nations, Inuit, and Metis artists improve their skills and knowledge, pursue new approaches, exhibit, perform, and gain recognition from their peers.

The Individual Artists Program supports the artistic development of B.C. First Nations, First Nations, Métis or Inuit artists residing in B.C. who have demonstrated a commitment to their artistic practice. This program also supports artistic production or education scholarships. The Individual Artists Program offers funding for two types of activities:

Individual Artists

  • Objective: The Individual Artists Program supports artists in:
    • Increasing their skills and knowledge
    • Pursuing new approaches or techniques in their practice
    • Gaining the recognition of their peers and community
    • Developing a presentation of their artistic journey/history for the public (including, but not limited to, knowledge-sharing events and community gatherings, gallery showings, digital platforms, performance, film)
    • Spending more time with their creative expression
  • Activities Examples
    • Furthering or developing skills within your creative practice(s) through a specific project
    • Dedicating time to testing an innovative approach to your work
    • Expanding your repertoire and portfolio of works
    • Supporting your community with your project
    • Preparing for an event, gathering or opportunity where your work will be utilized or displayed


  • Objective: This funding will support applicants enrolled in an arts program at a post-secondary institution. Applicants must indicate the institution, program and number of semesters they have enrolled in.
  • Activities Examples
    • Pursuit of post-secondary education in the arts through a semester-based program
    • Pursuit of post-secondary education in the arts through an intensive program
    • Pursuit of professional development training in your creative practice

For information regarding eligible expenses, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individual applicants:
- BC. First Nations, First Nations, Métis and Inuit creators with a creative practice in any medium or expression, such as carvers, storytellers, visual artists, choreographers, dancers, dance groups, performance artists, regalia creatives, weavers, writers, multimedia artists and sculptors
- Must be 19 years of age or older
- A resident of British Columbia for at least one year. If there is a question about whether the applicant lives in B.C., they may be asked to provide documentation. Proof of residency can include a valid B.C. services card, a valid B.C. driver’s licence or evidence of income taxes paid in the previous year as a B.C. resident.
- Have a project that starts on or after the application deadline
- Have previous experience or a creative mandate that demonstrates a commitment to their creative practice
- Demonstrate the support of recognized artists, creatives and cultural or community leaders within First Nations communities they are connected to and that the project affects
- Submit only one application per deadline

Scholarship Exceptions:
- Applicants may be 17 years of age or older, (if 17, guardian’s signature is required).
- Applicants may apply to both this Scholarship Program and the BC Arts Council Scholarship Program but, if successful in both, funding will not exceed the upper limit on a single program.
- Applicants may attend any institution, including those outside of the province, but must be registered as a resident of B.C. for at least one year prior to the application deadline. If there is a question about whether the applicant lives in B.C., they may be asked to provide documentation. Proof of residency can include a valid B.C. services card, a valid B.C. driver’s licence or evidence of income taxes paid in the previous year as a B.C. resident.
- Applicant will be enrolled in a post-secondary institution or courses at time of application and for the duration of the project timeline.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Individuals who are not B.C. First Nation, First Nations, Métis or Inuit
- Previous grant recipients from who are in default of grant reporting requirements across all FPCC programs. These applicants are ineligible until all required documentation is complete.
- Individuals with an active FPCC Arts Program grant
- Individuals cannot be the primary contact or project lead for more than one application to the FPCC Arts Program for the same deadline but may be involved in more than one project if they are in a different role.
- Individuals with funding for the same project through BC Arts Council

Ineligible Expenses:
- Expenses not directly related to the project
- Expenses that take place before the Individual Artists Program application deadline
- Business development costs (including, but not limited to, printing business cards, mass production of an item, logo design)
- Capital purchases (including, but not limited to, vehicles or costs associated with building or land improvement)
- Capital renovation costs
- For Individual Artists: projects related to satisfying post-secondary education course requirements. Please select Scholarships if this is the case.

Pre-Proposal Conference
New info session September 7, 2023 from 10:00 am – 11:00 amPST

Program staff are holding an extra information/coaching session for individuals who need support finishing their application for the Individual Artist Grant. Applicants will need to come prepared with questions and their application in drafted to almost complete. This session has a limit of 10 registrations so sign up soon!

Register now:

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline: September 15, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. PT

Applicants will be notified of the results of the application review approximately 12 weeks after the application deadline. Please do not contact staff about the status of your application.

Applicants must:
• Submit only one application per deadline
• Project start dates must not fall before the deadline: September 15, 2023.
• Not have the same project funded through the BCAC programs.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Arts Program staff (arrange this by emailing the contact, below). Applicants are encouraged to reach out well before the deadline to give plenty of time for input and support in finessing their proposal before submitting it.

Payment of Awards:
- For Individual Artists, 80% of funding will be distributed upon application approval and receipt of a signed funding agreement and 20% of funding will be distributed upon completion of the project and approval of a final report.
- For Scholarships, 100% of funding will be distributed upon application approval and receipt of signed funding agreement.

Program Toolkit:

Funding Process:

Estimated Size of Grant
Individual artists: up to $20,000
Scholarships: up to $15,000

Term of Contract
Projects can take place anytime between September 16, 2023, and December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

To discuss your project, email:

FPCC Arts Program Contact:
Leah Anthony
FPCC Arts Program Associate
General office phone: 250-652-5952

First Peoples’ Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C., V8M 1N9

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