The North Peace Cultural Society and the Northern Rockies Art Council will each receive $30,000 through the province’s Arts Impact Grant program.

The program enables applicants to prioritize activities that provide the greatest and most meaningful impact to their organization, practice or community, said the province in a release.

On Friday, it was announced that the BC Arts Council will be provided $12.4 million in one-time funding to support recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know the hardships, and severe impacts artists and creative people have faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

“This additional funding responds to a call to action to empower people to overcome challenges brought on by the pandemic. We know that this funding is crucial for B.C. artists and cultural organizations to begin their road to economic recovery and to rebuild a thriving and dynamic sector that supports our communities’ economic and social well-being throughout B.C.”

The arts council will distribute $7.9 million to over 300 organizations currently receiving operating assistance and $4.5 million to top up the Arts Impact program, which closed its recent intake in January 2022. The next intake of this program is anticipated for winter 2023.

The additional money boosted the program’s budget to more than $8 million, which has provided grants to more than 300 organizations.

“I am proud of the actions our government has taken in making available this substantial investment in funding for the arts and culture sector,” said Bob D’Eith, Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film.

“This funding is vital in setting B.C. up for recovery and meets the needs of the sector to increase flexibility in grant funding criteria that better reflects the diversity of the arts sector, which is a central part of the Arts Impact Grant program.”