Supporting Island, coastal arts organizations to keep their lights on (flickr.com)

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Provincial relief, recovery support for B.C. arts and culture

The provincial government has provided a range of relief and recovery support to artists and arts and culture organizations since the start of the pandemic.

Through StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, the provincial government is providing $21 million in targeted recovery funding through the BC Arts Council, including:

  • $15.7 million in supplemental funding to organizations that receive annual funding or project grants to help keep their lights on; and
  • $5 million to help arts and culture organizations adapt to the challenges of the pandemic through the Pivot Program.

In addition to this targeted funding, the B.C. government, through the BC Arts Council, is providing:

  • $500,000 to help professional artists adapt to the challenges of the pandemic in the new Pivot for Individuals program;
  • a $3-million supplement to arts and culture organizations through the BC Arts Council in spring 2020;
  • $15 million in accelerated 2020-21 operating funding to BC Arts Council clients to help with their cash flow;
  • nearly $2 million to 50 arts and culture organizations to improve their existing arts spaces and buy special equipment through the BC Arts Council’s new Arts Infrastructure Program;
  • $200,000 to the Vancouver Foundation through the BC Arts Council to support its Community Response Fund; and
  • $123,000 to the BC Museums Association for micro grants to small- and medium-sized museums to help them meet their immediate needs.

The BC Arts Council has also extended grant deadlines and changed reporting requirements to make it easier for grant recipients during the pandemic.