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

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

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British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC)

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04/30/21 4:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date


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Grants and awards to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, registered charities, and First Nations Bands for community-based arts activities. New applicants must complete the online registration several days prior to applying. Eligible projects involve the production of events, the creation of artistic work, and the development of resource materials for arts-based community development practitioners.

Arts-Based Community Development:
Project Assistance: Arts-Based Community Development (ABCD) supports community organizations to engage professional artists in the development and delivery of community-based, arts-centered activities that contribute to a tangible and active understanding of arts and culture as a path to health, well-being, human dignity, and celebration.
The ABCD program provides support in two categories:
  • New Work
    • Supports one-time projects that create new artistic work through community-based arts and cultural activity. These projects must have a specified public outcome.
    • Recognizes the long-term commitment required of community-engaged practice by allowing projects with a phased approach over a maximum of three years.
  • Skills Development and Knowledge Transfer
    • Assists in developing skills to initiate and conduct arts-based community development activities.
    • Enhances the capacity of artists to provide leadership by offering them an opportunity to explore and discuss their creative practice.
    • Creates opportunities for arts-based community development practitioners to realize new ways of presenting the outcomes of existing best-practice models to new audiences.
The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation:
  • The LTK Award sustains a legacy through annual awards to registered charities and other qualified donees in B.C. that are creating social benefit 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.

More information about these categories can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169447

Number of Grants:

Leon and Thea Koerner Award: No more than four LTK awards will be made in any fiscal year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

ABCD project assistance will not exceed 50% of the total project budget. There is no posted maximum request.

Leon and Thea Koerner Award: The minimum award will be $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for both programs, the applicant must:
- Be a professional or community arts organization, registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the B.C. for at least one year, working in collaboration with a specified community.
- Be a community organization whose focus is not arts or culture, registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in B.C. for at least one year, working in collaboration with professional artist/s.
- Be a First Nations Band Council, Indigenous community organization, Friendship Centre, or M├ętis Chartered Community in B.C., working in collaboration with professional artist/s.


- Adhere to the Criminal Record Review Act, which requires that people who work with or may potentially have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program.
- Compensate arts and cultural practitioners fairly in keeping with community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
- Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the program

To be eligible for both programs, the project must:
- Demonstrate confirmed professional artistic expertise. Professional artist/s may work in any discipline, traditional or contemporary, and must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents residing in B.C. for at least one year prior to the application.
- Demonstrate confirmed community development expertise (for ABCD) or confirmed social service expertise (for LTK Award).
- Demonstrate engagement, as applicable, has taken place to ensure local Indigenous protocols are followed, Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers will be compensated fairly in accordance with local protocols, and there is an acknowledgment of traditional territories.
- Not be eligible for or receiving funding through other BC Arts Council programs for the same activity.

Leon and Thea Koerner Award:
- Applicant must also be a registered charity or other qualified donee as defined by the Income Tax Act (Canada), including First Nations that are registered as such with the Canada Revenue Agency.
- Project must use professional arts-based activity in collaboration with a social-service agency.

Additional eligibility information can be found at

Funding exclusions can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions to Arts-Based Community Development and the Leon and Thea Koerner Award is April 30, 2021 no later than 11:59 p.m.

Decisions will be made within sixteen weeks of the application deadline. Notification will be sent via the online system to the contact linked to the online application. Results cannot be requested in advance.

How to Apply
- The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline.
- All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System (GMS). It is highly recommended you read How to Apply Online before starting this process. Please note, registration requests can take up to 4 business days to be approved by BCAC staff.
- Once an applicant has a profile in the system, then an online application form needs to be filled in and submitted during the intake period.
- All applicants, especially those new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer.
- Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.

Applicants may only submit one application to the ABCD/LTK programs and may only receive one award from each of these programs in any given fiscal year (April 1-March 31).

ABCD grants will not exceed 50% of the total project budget.

Applicants may only submit one application to the ABCD/LTK programs and may only receive one award from each of these programs in any given fiscal year (April 1-March 31). Eligible applicants may submit applications to both the ABCD and LTK award.

How to Apply Online:



Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to:
Krista Patterson
Program Officer

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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