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.


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. For more information, please 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. For more information, please visit their website or see below for some of the programs available for arts and culture organizations.

Aboriginal Languages Initiative – 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. For more information, please visit their website.

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. For more information, please visit their website.

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

For more information, please visit their website.

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.

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

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

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.


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.


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.

The Community Memories Program 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).

For more information, please visit the VMC website.


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 (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.