BC Government Announces New Arts and Cultural Funding Programs

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For Immediate Release 
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January 9, 2013  

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development 

BC creates new opportunities for arts funding 

VICTORIA - The BC government is investing $1.5 million in two new arts programs to help cultural organizations continue to provide quality arts experiences in communities throughout British Columbia, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett said today. 

Funding for BC Creative Spaces and BC Creative Communities comes from the 2010 Sport and Arts Legacy, created by the BC government to carry on the spirit of community celebration that played such a major role in the cultural success of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 

Eligible applicants include BC non-profit arts and/or cultural organizations, First Nations band councils or friendship centres. The application deadline is 1 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013. The British Columbia Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, with help from other public agencies, will assess applications and recommend funding.  

For more information, visit: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/arts_culture/index.htm or email BCCreativeSpaces@gov.bc.ca and BCCreativeCommunities@gov.bc.ca

BC Creative Spaces: 

  • Total program funding: up to $1 million
  • Individual grants: up to $50,000
  • Supports construction and specialized equipment purchases. 
  • Addresses a demonstrated need for capital development or acquisition. 
  • Engages underserved groups, including rural and remote communities. 
  • Involves partnerships and/or collaboration. 
  • Includes environmentally sensitive practices. 
  • Requires projects to secure other sources of support. 
  • Examples: Renovating and upgrading a community theatre with new lighting; installing a wheelchair lift at an arts centre.  

BC Creative Communities: 

  • Total program funding: up to $500,000
  • Individual grants: up to $25,000
  • Implements new or expands existing community arts engagement projects and programs. 
  • Engages underserved groups, including rural and remote communities. 
  • Develops community partnerships and/or collaborations. 
  • Requires projects to secure other sources of support. 
  • Examples: Organizing a community event that engages an artist to celebrate a milestone anniversary; creating a map of all cultural resources in a community. 

Quotes:  

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett - 

"In communities large and small, urban and rural, throughout British Columbia, local arts and cultural organizations do an amazing job year after year providing quality arts experiences for local families, residents and visitors. These organizations, as varied as the B.C. communities they serve so well, establish vibrant centres for the arts in local theatres and art galleries - as well as creating great arts programs and organizing wonderful festivals." 

"We recognize the outstanding service provided by the arts and culture sector in every region of British Columbia. We're supporting two new programs designed to help BC's arts and culture organizations carry on their invaluable work." 

Quick Facts: 

  • Again this year, the BC government is providing over $53 million in stable funding for arts and culture organizations, as well as individual artists, in communities throughout British Columbia. 
  • The BC government established the $60-million 2010 Sport and Arts Legacy to help celebrate the pride and spirit shown by British Columbians during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. 
  • Since 2001, the BC government has provided more than $2.6 billion in support for arts and culture in British Columbia, including the screen-based entertainment industry. 

Learn More: 

Check out the provincial government's role in supporting sport, arts and culture through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/cscd

Contact:  

Matt Gordon 
Communications Director 
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development 
250 953-3677  

Connect with the Province of BC at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

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