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Grants and Awards to British Columbia Nonprofits, Registered Charities, and First Nations for Community-Based Arts Activities

Project Assistance - Arts-Based Community Development Program and Leon and Thea Koerner (LTK) Award


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

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/17/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants and awards to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, registered charities, and First Nations Bands for community-based arts activities. Applicants must complete the online registration prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that involve the production of events, the creation of artistic work, professional development, and the creation of resource materials for arts-based community development practitioners.

Arts-Based Community Development: The Project Assistance: Arts-Based Community Development program supports organizations to engage professional artists in the development and delivery of projects that provide arts-based community development impacts and benefits to a specified community. Through collaborative, community-based, arts-centred activities, these projects provide a tangible and active understanding of arts and culture as a path to health, well-being, human dignity, and social transformation.

The ABCD program provides support in two categories:

  • New Work, which:
    • Supports one-time projects that create new artistic work through collaborative, community-based arts and cultural activity where professional artist(s) work with a specified community.
    • Recognizes the long-term commitment required of community-engaged practice by allowing projects with a phased approach over a maximum of three years.
    • New Work projects must be presented publicly.
  • Skills Development and Knowledge Transfer for A-BCD Practitioners, which:
    • Supports projects where the primary focus is training and skills development for artists to be able to initiate and conduct arts-based community development activities.
    • Creates opportunities for experienced arts-based community development practitioners to demonstrate new ways of knowledge sharing, including training or mentoring artists and social service practitioners in safe and effective approaches to arts-based community development.
    • Enhances the capacity of artists to provide leadership by offering them an opportunity to develop their practice as a means of community transformation or social change.
    • May or may not be presented publicly, as applicable to the project.

For information regarding eligible activities, see:

The Leon and Thea Koerner Award:

  • The LTK Award sustains a legacy through annual awards to registered charities and other qualified donees in B.C. that are creating social benefits using professional arts-based activity in collaboration with community and social service agencies.
  • The LTK Award is aimed at achieving social benefit and recognizing excellence and innovation, leading to social change or transformation; this aligns with the principles of arts-based community development.

For additional information, see:

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. Support for designated priority groups includes funding prioritization, dedicated programs, outreach, and reporting. 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.

In order to identify as a designated priority group, organizations must demonstrate that the majority of activities, programming content, and financial and human resources are dedicated to one of the groups listed above.


Organizations with a primary purpose to serve Deaf or disability arts practices 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 creating, developing, or executing a project funded by a BC Arts Council Project Assistance grant.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for both programs, the applicant must:
- Be a professional or community arts organization working in collaboration with a specified community. The organization must be 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.; and
o A dedicated arts and culture purpose/mandate; or
o A purpose/mandate to provide services to the arts and culture sector in B.C.
- Be a community organization whose focus is not arts and culture, working in collaboration with a specified community. The organization must:
o Be 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 and members based in B.C. OR
- Be an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) community organization or Indigenous government in B.C. that offers dedicated arts and culture activities, and working in collaboration with a specified community. AND
- Provide public arts and cultural or community programming in B.C. and have done so for a minimum of one year.
- Engage competent artistic, curatorial, administrative or project leadership (volunteer or paid).
- Fairly compensate artists, arts and cultural practitioners, technicians, Elders, and/or Knowledge Keepers. Compensation must align with project and community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
- Adhere to the Criminal Records Review Act which requires that people who work with or may have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program.
- Have completed and submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.

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 ineligible activities, see:

For information regarding ineligible uses of funds, see:

Pre-Application Information
Applications will be accepted until May 17, 2023, no later than 11:59 p.m.

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.

Only one application per organization is accepted.

Application Assistance:
Access Support:
How to Apply:
Determining B.C. Residency:

Information session recording:

Number of Grants
LTK Awards: up to five LTK Awards will be available in this intake.

Estimated Size of Grant
- 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 stated above.

There is no maximum request amount, but A-BCD grants typically range from $15,000 to $30,000.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Direct questions and accessibility request to:
Clayton Baraniuk, Program Advisor

Krista Patterson, Program Advisor

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

Mailing Address
PO Box 9819, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9W3

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