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: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/app/uploads/sites/508/2023/04/FY2023-24_ABCD-LTK_GUIDELINES_FINAL.pdf#page=5
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: https://ltkaward.com/ltk-award/objectives/
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.