British Columbia Arts Council

The BC Arts Council is an independent aagency 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. Funding can be used for special projects, annual operating costs and touring costs.* For more information please visit their website.

*BC Arts Council,  2014


Canada Council for the Arts

Many grant programs are for individual artists. The most common types of grants for individuals are:

  • creation/production
  • professional development
  • residency
  • travel

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.


Canadian Heritage

Aboriginal Languages Initiative

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The objective of the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) is to support the preservation and revitalization of Aboriginal languages for the benefit of Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians.

Expected results of the ALI program include:

  • Aboriginal people have access to community-based projects and activities that support the preservation and revitalization of Aboriginal languages and cultures;
  • Aboriginal communities are assisted in their efforts to enhance languages and cultures; and
  • Aboriginal languages and cultures are preserved and enhanced as living cultures.

The Department of Canadian Heritage recognizes that initiatives that aim to preserve and revitalize Aboriginal languages must be flexible and responsive to the broad range of community needs, goals, and priorities, and that a concreted effort will be required to achieve the objective stated above.*

*Canadian Heritage, 2015

Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage Program

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The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program consists of three separate components, the Legacy Fund, Local Festivals and Community Anniversaries, to help celebrate the past and present of local communities.

The Legacy Fund is intended for community projects that:

  • commemorate local historical events or a historical personality;
  • mark a significant anniversary;
  • work to renovate, restore or transform buildings or spaces with community significance; or,
  • commemorate the 75th anniversary of events related to Canadian involvement in World War II — between 2014-2017

The Legacy Fund is ongoing and there is no fixed deadline, however project applications must be submitted by the anniversary date that is to be commemorated. Successful applicants may receive up to 50% of eligible expenses or a maximum of $500,000 in community funding.* Click here for more details.

*Canadian Heritage Legacy Fund

Local Festivals is intended to provide funding to groups for recurring festivals and may receive up to 100% of eligible expenses or a maximum of $200,000. Festivals must:

  • showcase local artists, artisans or performers of local historical heritage
  • involve the local community
  • be accessible to all*

Local Festival applications have annual deadlines of January 31, April 30 and September 30. Click here for more details.

*Canadian Heritage Local Festivals

Community Anniversaries provides funding to groups for non-recurring events that mark significant anniversaries. Funding is available for projects that:

  • commemorate local historical events or a historical personality;
  • mark a significant anniversary;
  • commemorate the 75th anniversary of events related to Canadian involvement in World War II — between 2014-2017
  • showcase local artists, artisans or performers of local historical heritage
  • involve the local community
  • be accessible to all

Community Anniversary application deadline date is January 31, annually.* Please click here for more details.

*Canadian Heritage Community Anniversaries

Canada Cultural Investments Fund

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Program (CCSF)

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The 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.*

*Canadian Heritage CCSF Guidelines

For more information about the program and to find out who is eligible, please visit their website.

Museums Assistance Program (MAP)

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The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is a national funding and grants program sponsored by The Department of Canadian Heritage. MAP provides financial support to museums and other cultural institutions that work towards the preservation and presentation of Canada’s heritage. Maximum financial assistance can range between 50-70%, and funding recommendations are based on merit, program priorities and funding availability. The Musem Assistance Program supports five categories of projects:

  • Access to heritage: development of travelling exhibitions
  • Exhibition Circulation Fund: hosting travelling exhibitions
  • Aboriginal heritage: preservation, management and presentation
  • Collections management: improve knowledge, skills and practices of key museum functions
  • Canada-France Agreement: creating ties between French & Canadian heritage organizations*

*Canadian Heritage, Guidelines for 2015-2016

Official Languages Support Programs

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 Museums Association, 2014


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.*

*Canadian Museum of History


Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch

Community Gaming Grants

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Eligible to non-profit organizations that provide services and programs that benefit broader communities. An organization may be eligible if it:

  • Is not-for-profit (with exceptions listed in section 3.5);
  • Operates primarily for community benefit;
  • Provides programs that benefit the community and not solely its members’ interest;
  • Has a voluntary and broadly based membership involved in the management and control of the organization and its programs.
  • Voting membership of the organization must be more than double the number of board members;
  • Delivers programs established and maintained by its volunteers;
  • Has board members that are democratically chosen by, and from within, its voting membership;
  • Has board members that are Canadian residents, with at least two-thirds of the board residing in BC, and those board members do not receive remuneration or other financial benefit for their services as an executive member;
  • and Meets provincial standards for financial accountability.

Programs eligible must fall under one of six categories, including Arts and Culture, which provide programs that provide public access to the arts (not primarily supporting artists or artistic development) or preserve heritage or culture. These include the performing arts (For example, Theatre music, dance), media arts(For example, Film, video/sound painting, and drawing), literature, community fairs and festivals, heritage (For example, museums, agricultural displays) or promotion of culture. Community benefit can be demonstrated through public events, free public performances, reduced ticket prices for youth, seniors, families, etc*
*BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, 2014


 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.


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.

Community Memories is an investment program that enables small community museums to develop bilingual online local history exhibits to share with all Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC)


Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Diversification Program

The WDP-CFP is targeted to not-for-profit organizations that are eligible for funding under the WDP. For more information please visit their website.



Canada-BC Job Grant

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The Grant assists eligible employers to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training.