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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Collectives, and Indigenous Centers to Support Artistic Initiatives

Project Assistance: Museums and Indigenous Cultural Centres


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
149509

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

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/02/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, collectives, museums, and Indigenous centers for high-quality arts and cultural programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to five days. Funding is intended to support the production and development of activities and projects that include exhibitions, documentation and dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new museological and curatorial practices, community engagement projects, public programs, and collections management projects.
Designated Priority Groups:
The BC Arts Council has committed to targeted investment in underserved and equity-deserving organizations and the development of equity support initiatives, including a policy to support designated priority groups. These identified groups will be the focus of BC Arts Council strategic measures, through dedicated programs, funding prioritization processes, partnerships, and outreach. The BC Arts Council's designated priority groups include applicants and arts and cultural practitioners who are:
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) Peoples;
  • Deaf or experience disability;
  • Black or people of color; or
  • Located in areas outside greater Vancouver or the capital region.
Identifying as a designated priority group means the majority of your activities, programming, and financial and human resources are dedicated to one of the groups listed above.

Accessibility:
Organizations with a primary purpose to serve D/deaf or disability arts practices, or collectives led by individual artists or arts and cultural practitioners who self-identify as D/deaf or experiencing disability, may be eligible for the BC Arts Council’s accessibility programs:
  • Application Assistance – pays for support services for creating and submitting grant applications.
  • Access Support – provides funding to support access costs associated with a project funded by a BC Arts Council grant.


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, an organizations must:
• Hold a permanent art or cultural history collection and have a definable physical space designated for public exhibition of collection material (except in the case of arts service organizations).
AND
• Be a museum or Indigenous Cultural Centre registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application with:
o The majority of key staff (paid or volunteer) and board members based in B.C.
o Creative control and decision making for programming and engagement primarily maintained within the organization and by leadership based in B.C.
o A purpose or mandate dedicated to arts and culture programming and activities.
Or
o A purpose or mandate to provide services to the arts and culture sector in B.C.
o Operations and activities that reflect this dedicated purpose or mandate.
OR
• Be an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) community organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application with:
o The majority of key staff (paid or volunteer) and board members based in B.C.
o A commitment to offering regular arts and culture activities.
OR
• Be an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) government in B.C. that offers regular arts and culture activities.
OR
• Be a museum or Indigenous Cultural Centre operated by a local government in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application, that:
o Maintains an ongoing arm’s length, community-based board of management or advisory structure that sets policy for the organization’s programs and services.
o Holds a dedicated programming space and has at least one dedicated staff person in an artistic, curatorial, or administrative leadership position who is responsible for programming and engagement.
o Offers ongoing public programming by skilled arts and cultural practitioners.
o Primarily operates with autonomy, holding creative control and decision making for programming and engagement within the organization, with separate financial records for operations. See Financial Statement Requirements section: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/09/FY2023-24-Project-Assistance-Museums-ICC-Fall-Program-Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=9 for more detail.
OR
• Be a museum or Indigenous Cultural Centre operated by a public post-secondary institution in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application, that:
o Holds a dedicated programming space and has at least one dedicated staff person in an artistic, curatorial, or administrative leadership position who is responsible for programming and engagement.
o Offers ongoing public programming by skilled arts and cultural practitioners, the majority of which is not programming of faculty or student works.
o Primarily operates with autonomy, outside of curriculum, holding creative control and decision making for programming and engagement within the organization, with separate financial records for operations. See Financial Statement Requirements: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/09/FY2023-24-Project-Assistance-Museums-ICC-Fall-Program-Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=9 for more detail.

For additional organization eligibility information, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/09/FY2023-24-Project-Assistance-Museums-ICC-Fall-Program-Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=4

Arts or Curatorial Collective applicants must:
• Be established and readily identified as a collective of independent artists, curators, or arts and cultural practitioners, consisting of three or more individuals who are professionally active in their field of practice, each of whom must:
o Have a minimum of two years of professional practice in their field following basic training, with roles that hold creative control of projects.
o Have a demonstrated body of previous work as an individual practitioner, including at least one public presentation of work for which an artist fee or equivalent was received.
o Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
o Have been a resident of B.C. for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. See Determining B.C. Residency page.
• Have a demonstrated history of creating or presenting work as a collective and have a clear commitment to a current practice. At a minimum, the collective must have:
o A demonstrated body of previous work by current members of the collective.
o At least one public presentation of work by the current collective, for which artist fees or equivalent were received.
o The intention to continue working together as a collective with current members on future projects.
• Apply under the name of an individual member of the collective who acts as the key contact person and is listed as the submitting representative or “Primary Contact” within the online grant system. If the application is successful, this person will:
o Receive payment of the grant on behalf of the collective.
o Be issued a T4A for the full grant amount.
o Be responsible for submitting the final report.

Collectives with only two members or ad hoc collectives may be eligible to apply to Individual Arts Grant programs for a collaborative project.

Ineligible
Accessibility programs do not provide funding for audience accessibility or day-to-day access costs outside of the scope of a project.

For information regarding exclusions, see: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/09/FY2023-24-Project-Assistance-Museums-ICC-Fall-Program-Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=6

Pre-Application Information
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on November 2, 2023.

New applicants must register and create a profile in the online system. It may take up to five business days to process your registration request. You will receive an email when your registration request is approved. Once approved, you will be able to access the online application.

All applicants are encouraged to confirm their eligibility with a Program Advisor prior to applying.

The BC Arts Council informs each applicant of the results of their application no later than 16 weeks after the submission deadline. Notification is sent by email to the primary contact linked to the application.

You may receive only one Project Assistance grant in this program each BC Arts Council fiscal year (1 April to 31 March).

Application Assistance: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program/application-assistance/
Access Support: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program/access-support/
Glossary: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/accessibility/glossary/
How to Apply: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/how-to-apply-online/
FAQs: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/faq/
Determining B.C. Residency: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/determining-b-c-residency/

Estimated Size of Grant
The request amount to this program:
- Must be 50% or less of the total eligible project budget; or
- May be up to 65% of the total eligible project budget for projects from organizations that align with the BC Arts Council’s designated priority groups as noted above.

There is no maximum request amount but grants typically range from $3,000 to $15,000.

Contact Information
Online application portal: https://bcac.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

Anissa Paulsen, Program Advisor
Indigenous Cultural Centres
Museums
Scholarship Awards
Anissa.Paulsen@gov.bc.ca
236-478-2560

For assistance, call 250-356-1718 or email bcartscouncil@gov.bc.ca.

Contact Accessibility Coordinator Clayton Baraniuk at 250-978-9839 or clayton.baraniuk@gov.bc.ca to request assistance.

BCAC
1st Floor, 800 Johnson Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1N3

Mailing Address:
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Victoria, B.C. V8W 9W3

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