Granting and funding organizations–such as a governmental body, council, organization, private corporation or foundation–gift funding to a project and/or individual following the call for applications to a juried competition. Some have multiple recipients, and others are much smaller.


There are several different levels of public funding available to artists and arts, culture and heritage organizations, as well as a wide range of private funding avenues. 

Aboriginal Funding

Canadian Government Funding

Creative Industries

Corporate Funding

Education, Museums and Heritage

By Discipline

By Foundation


Keep track of upcoming submission deadlines and plan well in advance. Use the funding calendar provided by Little Dog Creative Consulting to stay organized. (Click "Google Calendar" at the bottom to add the calendar and view in full.)


The Alliance offers at least one grant-writing workshop every year to help you attain the tools to prepare your own grant applications. 

See our Workshops page for upcoming opportunities.

Check out the video below of one of our free information sessions on grant-writing basics:

For further support & training, check out these other resources:

Still have questions? Want to make a recommendation for this page? Contact us! We'd love to hear from you.

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It's not just money: it's an investment in creativity. Here's how to make it happen.


Grant Connect is a funder database with detailed, searchable information on thousands of major funders. Subscribe to access up-to-date funding opportunities across Canada and beyond. 

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture members can access Grant Connect's database on-site at our office (100-938 Howe St, Vancouver). Contact us to book a Grant Connect appointment.

In 2016-17 over 2,100 Canadian artists and 2,100 arts organizations received Canada Council grants.

Use the Canada Council site to find grants and guides, and apply directly through their portal. 

Watch the brief video below by the Grantsmanship Centre to get the low-down on how grants work, and what they actually are.


Read the Instructions.  Eligibility, criteria, maximum amounts, deadlines and support materials - go in eyes open.

Start Early. This includes your budget. Leave time to fully develop the project and make changes.

Get Feedback. Especially true for first timers! Get a proofreader who knows the ropes.

Make it Pop! Aim for a compelling core idea that is meaningful and well articulated.

Be honest about the difference your project will make in the community and strive to make one.

Be Inclusive. If you are not addressing the diversity that is Canada, you will be at a disadvantage.  

Don't Repeat Yourself. You can't say that again!

Find Partners. A grant is always stronger when you have contributing organizations and individuals.


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Own Your Timeline. Be specific about the various stages of your process.

Talk to the Grants Officer. They are your best resource! Developing this relationship is important - but don't blame them if your first attempt is unsuccessful. (Bonus Tip: Keep Trying!)

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