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Special Project Assistance - Capacity and Sustainability

Grants to British Columbia Arts & Cultural Organizations
to Promote Long-Term Stability & Operations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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British Columbia Arts Council

Deadline Date:

07/02/15 4:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date


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Grants of up to $30,000 to British Columbia arts and cultural organizations planning to undertake specific activities that will increase their capacity and contribute to long term sustainability. Funding is available to support specific initiatives that fall within one of the following three broad categories: human resources, marketing and development, and capital asset purchase.

Please note you may only apply under one of these three components:

1) Human Resources: Build artistic, administrative and/or governance depth by investing in human resources (up to $30,000);

2) Marketing/Development: Implement marketing and/or development initiatives (up to $30,000);

3) Capital Asset: Purchase capital assets (up to $20,000).

Capacity refers to the combination and balance of an organization's administrative direction, governance, production, marketing and systems as it works to fulfill its mandate, achieve its mission and develop artistically.

Building capacity refers to developing, enhancing or expanding one or more of these areas to achieve sustainability.

Sustainability refers to an organization’s ability to use its capacity to negotiate a complex environment while it fulfills its mandate and develops strengths as it achieves its mission over time.

Capacity and sustainability are separate but related concepts. An organization can implement an initiative that builds capacity leading to greater sustainability. The initiative itself does not have to be sustainable within the life of the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156143

Estimated Size of Grant:

Human Resources: Up to $30,000.
Marketing/Development: Up to $30,000.
Capital Asset: Up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

One year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant must:

-Be an arts organization, museum or Aboriginal cultural center assisted by the BC Arts Council in the five most recent years (2010/11 - 20114/2015 government fiscal years) through BC Arts Council operating or discipline-specific project programs;


-Be an incorporated non-profit arts and cultural organization assisted through the BC Arts Council’s Shared Cost Arrangement programs at BC Touring Council, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (Aboriginal Arts Development Awards) and Creative BC (Arts Innovation Fund), in the two most recent years (2013/14 or 2014/15 government fiscal years).


-Demonstrate strong governance, with an active board and strengths in strategic planning as demonstrated by previous assessments.

-Employ competent artistic and management leadership as demonstrated by previous assessments, achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.

-Compensate artists and other professional practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.

-Demonstrate the need for financial assistance, as defined by Council policy (see below).

Not Funded:
-Projects that have begun prior to the application deadline.
-Project deficits.
-Start-up costs or seed money.
-Projects that are secondary to other purposes (e.g. fundraising events, conventions or family, religious or community celebrations).
-Subsistence to artists.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the Capacity and Sustainability Program is July 2, 2015.

Applications are accepted by mail and must be postmarked by Canada Post or a courier company no later than July 2, 2015. Applications may be hand delivered or delivered by courier to 800 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, up to 4:00 PM on the deadline day.

Applications by email or fax will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

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

Gillian Wood, Executive Director
250 356-1725

250 356-1718

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