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.
- The First Peoples' Cultural Council offers funding through the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards.
Candian Government Funding
- Canada Council
- BC Arts Council
- BC Community Gaming Grants
- Canada Summer Jobs
- Department of Canadian Heritage
- Creative BC is an independent agency that is responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in BC.
- FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records)
- Music BC administers the MITAP Travel Assistance Program, the PEAK Performance Project, and has developed a Music Assistance Program for their members.
- BMO Financial Group
- TELUS Community Funds
- RBC Emerging Artists Project
- The Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund
Education, Museums and Heritage
- ArtStarts brings professional artists into BC schools for performances, workshops, residencies and exhibitions.
- The BC Museums Association offers awards and bursaries.
- Heritage BC heritage legacy fund.
- The Actors' Fund of Canada
- The BC Touring Council supports touring performing artists and presenters.
- The Craft Council of British Columbia
- Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC)
- The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for visual arts.
- Access Copyright Foundation supports 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.
- The First West Foundation supports registered Canadian charities.
- The Hamber Foundation provides grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes.
- The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation provides funding to non-profit creative organizations and BC students to pursue pre-professional studies in performing or visual arts.
- The McLean Foundation provides grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health and welfare.
- The Vancouver Foundation provides funding for innovative projects or for collaborating in groups to solve larger community issues.
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.)
GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS
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:
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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.
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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