Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development - Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

The Province of B.C. supports culturally-rich communities and a creative economy that fosters sustainable jobs, economic growth and a vibrant social fabric.

The Arts, Culture and BC Arts Council Branch of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development supports the creative and innovative capacity of B.C. communities to work together with artists, arts organizations and citizens to:

  • Encourage participation in creative activity;
  • Improve the quality of life and social cohesion;
  • Develop, attract and retain skilled and innovative thinkers for the creative economy;
  • Foster community identity and a sense of place: and
  • Contribute to local, regional and provincial economies.

The BC Arts Council strives to enrich the lives of British Columbians by engaging citizens in a healthy arts and cultural community recognized for excellence. Council administers approximately 37 programs that provide operating and project support for British Columbian artists, the arts and cultural organizations. Applications for funding are adjudicated through a peer review process in which independent artists and other arts and culture professionals assess grant applications, advise on priorities and make recommendations to the BC Arts Council.

BC Creative Spaces

Through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s BC Creative Spaces (BCCS) program, 41 grant recipients in communities throughout British Columbia will share $804,000 in funding.  Non-profit cultural organizations, First Nations and friendship centers will use their BC Creative Spaces grants to improve local arts infrastructure or purchase specialized equipment. A list of grant recipients can be found here.

Final Report

The preferred final report content for grant recipients is available here.