Province doubles funding for Arts Infrastructure Program

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province announced on Friday it will continue to dedicate money to arts and culture group…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province announced on Friday it will continue to dedicate money to arts and culture groups to improve their infrastructure, contributing to B.C.’s economic recovery.

The Arts Infrastructure Program started in 2020-2021 with an initial $2 million budget. An additional $2 million was added, which was distributed to 97 arts and culture groups in British Columbia. In the north, the Community Arts Council of Fort St. James got nearly $39,000, Smithers Gallery Association got almost $12,000 and Bulkley Valley Museum got just under $7,500.

“The Arts Infrastructure Program provides critical support for arts and culture organizations across the province to enhance their spaces, providing greater access for artists and communities,” said Sae Hoon Stan Chung, chair, BC Arts Council.

“By expanding the program, we are ensuring that a wider range of needs and opportunities are addressed, whether it is through planning and developing a project, purchasing specific equipment or full-scale renovations to improve spaces in our communities.”

This year, $4 million is available for cultural organizations to improve infrastructure, safety, accessibility, buy new equipment and offer virtual programming.

The application window is open until January 14th, 2022.

“Improving arts and culture spaces is a priority for our government because we know they inspire artists and enrich B.C. communities for years to come,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “We heard from the sector how important these grants were, especially during the pandemic, and we’re proud to answer that call to action by doubling the supports for these vital spaces.”

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

The project must be completed before December 31, 2024.

Funding is provided by the BC Arts Council, an agency of the provincial government.

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