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Project Assistance Program: Visual Arts Organizations in Canada

Project Assistance Program: Visual Arts Organizations in Canada


Deadline: 31-May-22

The British Columbia (BC) Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Projects Assistance Program: Visual Arts Organizations to support the development, enrichment, and creation of new or unique public programming and documentation, including exhibitions, dissemination projects, new works, artists’ residencies, exploration of new artistic or curatorial practices, community engagement, and audience development.

Funding Information
There is no maximum request amount, but grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Requests for larger grants will need to articulate a clear rationale for why the project requires a higher amount.
The request amount to this program:
Must be 50% or less of the total eligible project budget; or
May be up to 65% of the total eligible project budget for projects from organizations that align with the BC Arts Council’s designated priority groups.
Eligibility Criteria
Submissions from applicants who do not meet eligibility criteria will not be forwarded for assessment. To be eligible, an applicant must:
Provide arts and cultural programming or service to the arts and culture sector in B.C. and have done so for a minimum of one year.
Engage professionals in artistic, curatorial, administrative or project leadership.
Fairly compensate artists, arts and cultural practitioners, technicians, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers. Compensation must align with project and community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols. Have completed and submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.
Adhere to the Criminal Records Review Act which requires that people who work with or may have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program.
Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
Have completed and submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.
Organizational applicants must also:
Be a professional visual arts organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application with a dedicated arts and cultural purpose.
Be an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) community organization or Indigenous government in B.C., offering dedicated arts and culture activities.
Be a professional visual arts organization operated by a local government in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application, with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s programs and services, and that offers public programming by professional arts and cultural practitioners.
Be a professional visual arts organization operated by a public post-secondary institution in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application, which offers public programming by professional arts and cultural practitioners in a dedicated gallery facility with regular ongoing access to the non-academic community.
Arts or Curatorial Collective applicants must also:
Be established and readily identified as a collective of independent B.C. artists, curators, and/or arts and cultural practitioners, consisting of three or more individuals who are professionally active in their field of practice, each of whom must:
have a minimum of two years of professional practice in their field, following basic training.
have a demonstrated body of previous work as an individual practitioner.
be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
have been a resident of B.C. for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. See Determining B.C. Residency
Have a demonstrated history of creating or presenting work as a collective and have a clear commitment to a current practice.
Apply under the name of an individual member of the collective who acts as the key contact person and be listed as the submitting representative within the online grant system. If the application is successful, this person receives payment of the award on behalf of the group, be issued a T4A, and be responsible for submitting the final report.
Note: Collectives are encouraged to confirm their eligibility with program staff prior to submitting an application.

Exclusions
Awards are not available to support:

Operating costs.
Project phases or activities that have begun prior to the submission deadline.
Project or budget deficits and contingency funds.
Capital expenditures (construction, renovation, or purchase of property or equipment).
Feasibility studies, start-up costs, or seed money.
Fundraising activities, conferences, conventions, or projects where arts are secondary to other activities (e.g., competitions, or family, religious, or community celebrations or anniversaries).
Subsistence to artists or cultural practitioners.
Costs of producing commercial recordings or demo reels.
Private or for-profit entities (except in the case of for-profit book publishing companies).
Projects or activities funded through other BC Arts Council programs including BC Arts Council funds delivered through third-party delivery partners: First Peoples’ Cultural Council, BC Touring Council, or Creative BC.
For more information, visit https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program/project-assistance-visual-arts-organizations/

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