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
Many grant programs are for individual artists. The most common types of grants for individuals are:
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.
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:
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
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:
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:
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:
Community Anniversary application deadline date is January 31, annually.* Please click here for more details.
*Canadian Heritage Community Anniversaries
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.
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:
*Canadian Heritage, Guidelines for 2015-2016
For an in-depth list of other funding and assistance programs from Canadian Heritage, please visit their website.
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
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
Eligible to non-profit organizations that provide services and programs that benefit broader communities. An organization may be eligible if it:
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
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.
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)
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.
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.