Finding and securing reliable funding is one of the greatest challenges that non-profit organizations and charities face. We have some resources that can help.
UPCOMING FUNDING DEADLINES
Upcoming arts, culture, and heritage provincial grant deadlines are listed in the calendar below. The funding calendar is provided by Little Dog Creative Consulting.
Please Note: The list is being updated on an ongoing basis.
Aboriginal Peoples Music: Travel Grants
Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP)
Audience and Market Development Travel Grants
Birks Family Foundation
Book Publishing Support: Translation Grants
Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (Legacy Fund)
Canada History Fund
Canada Media Fund
Canada Periodical Fund (Business Innovation)
Canada Periodical Fund (Collective Initiatives)
Canadian Conservation Institute - Conservation Training Opportunities
Canadian Conservation Institute - Environmental Monitoring Equipment Loans Program
Canadian Conservation Institute Internships
Canadian Conservation Institute (Onsite Conservation Services)
Canadian Conservation Institute - Scientific Services (Artifact Analysis and Examination)
Canadian Conservation Institute - Scientific Services (Onsite Services)
Canadian Conservation Institute - Scientific Services (Product and Material Evaluation)
Canadian Conservation Institute Workshop - Apply to be a Host
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)
Creation/Production in Dance: Multi-Year and Biennial Grants
Cultivate: Professional Development Grants
Development of Official-Language Communities Program
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
Enhancement of Official Languages Program
Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)
Gainey Foundation Grants
Grants to Media Arts Organizations: Emergency Fund
Grants to National Visual Arts Service Organizations
Imperial Oil Community Investment
Inter-Arts Office: Multi-Year Grants to Organizations
Inter-Arts Office: Travel Grants to Artists
International Translation Grants
Lieutenant Governors' Program
Movable Cultural Property Program (Designation, Tax Certification, Grants, Export Permits)
Museums Assistance Program
Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG): Creative Spark
Travel Grants for Aboriginal Collaborative Projects
Travel Grants to Dance Professionals
Travel Grants to Media Arts Professionals
Travel Grants for Professional Writers
Travel Grants for Theatre Artistic Directors, Administrators and Presenters
Travel Grants to Theatre Artists
Visual Arts: Acquisition Grants to Art Museums and Public Galleries
Young Canada Works
The Alliance is pleased to offer member-only access to Grant Connect, a valuable funding research tool that can help you to find new funding opportunities, target your proposals and organize your prospects.
Grant Connect is a bilingual database with detailed, searchable information on thousands of major funders. Access details on all Canadian grant-making foundations, hundreds of corporate investment programs, government funding programs and American foundations that will fund Canadian charities. Listings are updated daily with information from multiple data sources.
Access to the Grant Connect database is available on-site only at our offices to Alliance members during office hours.
Contact us to book an appointment to use Grant Connect.
The Alliance offers at least one grant-writing workshop every year (see our Workshops page for updates) to help you attain the tools to prepare your own grant applications.
If you're considering hiring a professional to prepare an application for you, we can provide you with information on some consultants who offer grant-writing services.
There are several different levels of public funding available to arts, culture and heritage organizations and artists, as well as a wide range of private funding avenues. We've compiled a list of some of these sources; check back for updates.
Canada Council for the Arts is Canada's national, arms length arts funding association. They provide funding to individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process, award fellowships and prizes to some 200 artists and scholars annually, and provide research, communications and arts promotion activities to support, promote and celebrate the arts. See all upcoming deadlines on the FAQ and Deadlines page.
BC Arts Council is a provincial arms length association which supports arts and cultural activity in communities across the province. They provide support through funding for professional artists and arts organizations, research, advocacy, community initiatives, training and scholarships.
BC Community Gaming Grants provide funding from gaming revenues to eligible non-profit community organizations for direct delivery of approved programs to their communities.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. The program is designed to focus on local priorities while helping students and their communities.
Department of Canadian Heritage offers financial support to organizations who contribute to departmental objectives related to culture, arts, heritage, official languages, citizenship and participation, youth, sport, and Aboriginal initiatives.
Funding opportunities may also be available through your municipality's Cultural Services department and your local community arts council.
The First Peoples' Cultural Council offers funding through the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards in the categories of Emerging Individual Artists, Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations, Organizations and Collectives, Aboriginal Arts Administrator and Cultural Manager Internships, and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts.
The Actors' Fund of Canada provides short-term financial aid to members of the Canadian entertainment industry who have encountered an unforeseeable emergency.
ArtStarts brings professional artists into BC schools for performances, workshops, residencies and exhibitions. They provide grants through the following programs: Artists in the Classroom Grants for Schools, Artists in Education Grants for Districts, Arts in Education Council of BC Fund, and the Cherniavsky Fund.
Access to Music Foundation works to provide BC children with access to musical instruments, music education and mentorship. Programs include the Instrument Program, the Beautiful Heart Award, and funding through its Scholarship Trust.
The Craft Council of British Columbia offers the Grace Cameron Awards Scholarship and the Filberg Festival Professional Development Bursary to eligible craft artists.
Creative BC is an independent agency that is responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in BC and providing a single point of access for industry programming, production and support services, tax credit administration, international marketing and policy development. They administer a number of funding programs to support the creative industries.
FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records) is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. The foundation administers contributions from private radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Canada Music Fund. Support is provided to recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs.
Music BC is a non-profit society that provides information, education, funding, advocacy, awareness and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote BC's music community. The association helps to fund and support the development of BC artists. They administer the MITAP Travel Assistance Program, the PEAK Performance Project, and has developed a Music Assistance Program for their members.
Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) is an arts service organization that helps dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. They offer their members a range of retraining and subsistence grants to help dancers address their present needs and pursue future career goals, as well as discretionary awards and bursaries.
Museums and Heritage
The BC Museums Association offers an awards program which recognizes individuals, institutions and companies who have made a significant or unique contribution to the province's museums, art galleries and heritage community. In addition to the BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement, the BCMA's Bursary Program includes two which that may be awarded annually: The Barrie Hardcastle Bursary for professional development in financial administration and management, and The Joe Nagel Technology Bursary.
The Canadian Museums Association provides bursaries to assist museum professionals in the areas of conferences, emerging professional development, mid-career professional development, and preserving Canadian treasures.
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's British Columbia History Digitization Program promotes increased access to BC's historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to provincial historical material.
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation provides financial assistance to artists and art students in the early and developmental stage of their career, who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking, and demonstrate a commitment to making art a lifetime career.
The Access Copyright Foundation provides grants to those in the Canadian cultural sector involved in the creation and dissemination of publishable Canadian works.
The Birks Family Foundation supports registered charities including arts organizations which promote the development and understanding of Canadian culture.
The Commonwealth Foundation awards funding for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civicl society participation.
The First West Foundation provides a number of grants in communities across the province to registered Canadian charities that demonstrate fiscal responsibility and have a committed board of directors.
The Hamber Foundation provides grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation prefers to support specific projects rather than contributing to general sustaining assistance or to large capital projects.
The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation provides funding to stimulate and invigorate non-profit organizations in the cultural and creative arts and the social services who serve communities throughout BC. It also provides funding to BC students who wish to pursue pre-professional studies in performing or visual arts at institutions around the world.
The McLean Foundation provides grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health an welfare.
The Vancouver Foundation provides funding for innovative projects or for collaborating in groups to solve larger community issues.
BMO Financial Group provides donations and sponsorships to large and small organization across a variety of areas including education, arts and culture, civic and community. Although support is broadly based, the focus is on assisting organizations and initiatives that encourage and facilitate learning.
TELUS Community Funds provide funding to charities that help to educate and empower youth to improve their quality of life and enable them to reach their full potential.
RBC Emerging Artists Project provides funding, mentorship, programming, and exposure to audiences to help artists transition from school to career.
The Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund has invested over $10 million annually in major projects and initiatives to improve the communities where it operates.
We're continuing to update our listings; check back for new additions.
Helpful Resources and Readings
Canada Revenue Agency. Canada Revenue Agency: Registering a Charity for Income Tax Purposes.
- Published by the Canada Revenue Agency, this guide will help you fill out form T2050, Application to Register a Charity under the Income Tax Act.
Joint Accord Table of the Voluntary Sector Initiative. "A Code of Good Practice on Funding", 2002.