British Columbia Arts Council

The BC Arts Council is an independent agency supporting arts and culture, focusing on financial assistance, research, advocacy and public education. The council provides grants to artists and arts organizations including galleries and museums. For more information, please visit their website.

BC Community, Culture, and Recreation Program

The Community, Culture, and Recreation (CCR) Program supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province. On June 25, 2020, the Canadian and British Columbian governments committed up to $100.6 million towards the second intake of the Community, Culture, and Recreation Program to support cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the Province. This intake is designed to target projects starting in 2021 or 2022. Eligible projects will support public infrastructure, defined as a tangible capital assets primarily for public use and benefit. Applicants must be able to cost-share the project and cover any cost over-runs.

For more information, visit the BC Civic Info website here.

British Columbia History Digitization Program

BCHDP is now accepting submissions for funding to support projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available. The BCHDP will be accepting applications for the 2020/2021 funding year. Applicants can receive up to $15,000 of matching funds for their projects. Multi-year projects are accepted while each year of a project must still go through the adjudication process. The deadline is Monday, December 16. Learn more.

B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

artsVest BC

The artsVest program is designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture through training workshops and matching incentive funds. Each matching dollar in the community generates an average of $3.75 in additional business sponsorship.

More information can be found here.

International Presence Funding

The Provincial Government is supporting activities that raise the global profile of B.C. artists by committing funding to the International Presence Program. The intake for 2020 has closed, but keep an eye out for the program in 2021. For more information, visit the International Presence Funding website.

Multiculturalism Grant Program

Registered non-profit and charitable organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 in funding for activities, programs and events in communities across the province to engage public participation in building cross-cultural and intercultural interaction, trust and understanding, or challenge racism, hate and systemic barriers. For more information and the application form, visit the Multiculturalism Grant Program website.

BC Rural Dividend Program

This grant program is open to proposals for planning and capital projects from arts, heritage & historical societies, community arts councils and local governments, including First Nations Band Councils, in BC communities of fewer than 25,000 that are outside the Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District.

For more information click here.

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council grants are available to artists, artistic groups and organizations. The grants are now organized into six programs:

  • Explore and Create
  • Engage and Sustain
  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Metis People
  • Supporting Artistic Practice
  • Arts Across Canada
  • Arts Abroad

Generally you must be a professional artist and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to apply. For more information, please visit their website.

In addition to granting programs, the Canada Council also makes use of strategic funds. These are special funding mechanisms created in response to particular issues, including the Digital Strategy Fund and others. For more information about the Strategic Funds, visit their website.

Canadian Heritage

Apply to one of a myriad of Canadian Heritage funding programs that support culture, history, heritage, sport and official languages in Canada.

Please visit the Canadian Heritage website for more information about deadlines and eligibility criteria for the funding programs available to arts and culture organizations.

Aboriginal Peoples’ Program

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The Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI), a component of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Program, supports the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages through community-based projects and activities.

Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage Program

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The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program was created to help you celebrate your community – both its past and its present. This program increases opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists to be involved in their community through festivals, events and projects. It also allows local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program offers funding through three separate components, the Legacy Fund, Local Festivals and Community Anniversaries.

Canada Cultural Investments Fund

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The Canada Cultural Investment Fund encourages private sector investment, partnership and sound business practices to help arts and heritage organizations be better rooted and recognized in their communities.

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund provides support through three components:

  • Endowment Incentives
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Limited Support to Endangered Arts Organizations

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Program

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The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) is intended to help provide resources to build and improve infrastructure and facilities related to culture, arts and heritage to aid in preservation and presentation. Also to increase access to performing art and heritage and cultural exhibitions for all Canadians.

Documentary Heritage Community Program

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The Documentary Heritage Community Program ensures that Canada’s continuing memory is documented and accessible to current and future generations by adopting a more collaborative approach with local documentary heritage communities.

Museums Assistance Program

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The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Aboriginal culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

The MAP provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions through five separate components:

  • Access to heritage
  • Exhibition Circulation Fund
  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Collections management
  • Canada-France Agreement

National Trust for Canada

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The National Trust’s Find Funding Tool contains information about and links to foundations, corporations, and government departments that support heritage conservation and events, and programming for historic places.

For more information, please visit their website.

Official Languages Support Programs

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The Department of Canadian Heritage supports a range of Official Languages Funding Programs. The collective goal of these programs is to:

  • promote French and English languages in Canadian society; and
  • encourage the development of Francophone and Anglophone communities in minority situations.

For more information, please visit their website.

Other Canadian Heritage Funding Programs

For an in-depth list of other funding and assistance programs from Canadian Heritage, please visit their website.

Canadian Museums Association

Young Canada Works Program

Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and delivered by the Canadian Museums Association, the YCW program gives Canadian youth the opportunity to work and intern in museums and other related cultural organizations.

For more information, please visit their website.

Canadian Museum of History

The RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices

It is the only program of its kind in Canada. The goal of the Program is to develop ways for Aboriginal Nations across Canada to represent their own history and culture in concert with cultural institutions. For more information, please visit their website.

Community Gaming Grants Branch

Community Gaming Grants

Community Gaming Grants support eligible not-for-profit organizations that deliver community programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia. For more information, please visit their website.

Capital Project Grants

The Community Gaming Grants program distributes $5 million per year to capital projects with a total cost of more than $20,000 undertaken by eligible not-for-profit organizations. For more information, please visit their website.

Creative BC

Interactive Fund

The Interactive Fund is a program created in partnership between Creative BC and the BC Arts Council. The program is intended to support the production of high quality, original, interactive digital media content and software applications owned and controlled by BC companies or individuals. By investing in interactive digital media projects, we aim to position BC companies and individuals for promising new markets. The funding is a non-recoupable advance of up to $50,000 and does not require matching funding or market support to trigger eligibility. Applications are reviewed through a competitive, subjective process.

Learn more at the Creative BC website

First Peoples’ Cultural Council

FPCC offers a variety of Indigenous Arts Funding programs as well as a variety of Indigenous Language funding programs, including The B.C. Language Initiative which supports projects to revitalize British Columbia First Nations languages.

All the guidelines and application forms can be found on FPCC’s website at

First Spark Initiative

The Strategic Initiatives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund has launched The First Spark Initiative. Arts and heritage organizations may apply for up to $5,000 to organize a collaborative problem-solving activity which seeks to address a common business challenge.

By using creative approaches to collaborative problem solving, partnerships and knowledge exchange with industry experts and consultants from the cultural, corporate and/or academic fields, the expected results of The First Spark Initiative are innovative business solutions for participating cultural organizations.

The application deadline for 2019 has passed, but check back for the 2021 intake.

For more information, visit their website.

Friends of the British Columbia Archives

Terry Reksten Memorial Fund

The Friends of the British Columbia Archives encourages local archives, historical societies, and museums to apply for grants from the Terry Reksten Memorial Fund. There are two grants available ($1000 each) to assist “community archives” (no more than three paid employees) in organizing, preserving, describing and disseminating archival records that are significant at a local or regional level.

Learn more at the Friends of BC Archives website.

Government of Canada

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funds applications of up to a maximum of $25,000 per year per organization for community-based projects.

Learn more at the NHSP website.

Heritage BC

Heritage Legacy Fund

Funding is offered in four streams:

  • Heritage Conservation Program for the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of heritage resources.
  • Heritage Awareness Program for the research, documentation, presentation, and publication of information about specific community heritage resources.
  • Heritage Planning Program for the creation of planning documents to assist with heritage conservation and awareness.
  • Indigenous Partnership Program for initiatives to further reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through collaboration.

For more information, please visit their website.

Job Hero

Non-Profit Career Resource Guide

Click here for a variety of resources for working in the non-profit sector. Some of these sites pertain to working in the USA however you might find some of the resources useful. For more information, please visit their website.

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

BC History Digitization Program

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The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s annual funding program provides matching financial contributions for institutions doing digitization projects related to British Columbian history. Projects can be multi-year initiatives. Funding is open to all institutions with preservation of historical British Columbia materials as their mandate – this includes libraries, historical societies, archives and private or public institutions.

For more information, visit the BC History Digitization Program website.

Rick Hansen Foundation

BC Accessibility Grants Program

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With funding from the Province of BC, the Rick Hansen Foundation’s BC Accessibility Grants Program allows commercial, institutional, or multi-family residential buildings that have been rated through the RHF Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program to apply for funding to complete accessibility improvement projects.

For more information, visit the Rick Hansen Foundation Grants Program.

Vancouver Foundation

Arts and Social Innovation Program for Non-Profits in the Arts

Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with the BC Arts Council, is launching the Arts and Social Innovation Program intended for arts and culture not-for-profit organizations interested in developing social innovation projects.

Running from March to May of 2019, the program will support a cohort of 12 teams to develop projects—specifically examining barriers to equity, diversity, and access—by delving deeper into the concept and methodology of social innovation and how to apply it to their project design. Project teams consist of up to four people with no more than two people from the same organization. By the end, participants will have project proposals that should be ready for applying to funding calls with the Vancouver Foundation and/or the BC Arts Council.

For more information on how to apply, and info sessions, visit the Vancouver Foundation website here.

Virtual Museum of Canada

VMC Investment Programs

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A unique interactive space that brings together Canadian museum collections and riches in a variety of thought-provoking and instructive contents.

Submit a proposal to apply for a VMC investment: Under the VMC Investment Program, eligible applicants are invited to submit proposals for the production of VMC content. Calls for proposals for new content are normally issued once a year. These investment programs support the efforts of institutions to create engaging online content through strategic funding.

Through the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, applicant organizations develop online exhibits, interactive resources and other educational tools that engage online audiences of all ages, interests and abilities in Canada’s history, heritage and culture.

For more information, please visit the VMC website or check out the VMC informational brochure.


Canada-BC Job Grant

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The employer contributes at least one-third to the cost of training, with the exception of the Unemployed stream. The employer of all streams must have a job for the participant at the end of training.

For more information, please visit their website.