Beadwork banners hanging in an art gallery to support the FPCC First Nations Arts Infrastructure grant

Arts Infrastructure Program


Up to $75,000
September 16, 2023 - December 31, 2024

The Arts Infrastructure Program supports B.C. First Nations, First Nations, Métis and Inuit community organizations and First Nations led non-profit arts and culture organizations and societies. Funding supports construction or renovations of art spaces, artistic production projects, administrative capacity building and operational assistance.

There are three areas of funding to choose from, click on each area below to learn more!

Organizations – Up to $50,000

This funding supports B.C. First Nations, First Nations, Métis and Inuit community organizations with artistic production, administrative capacity building and operational assistance.

Applicants can choose one of the following options:

  • Apply for only artistic production up to $25,000.
  • Apply for only administrative capacity building up to $25,000.
  • Apply for only operational assistance up to $25,000.
  • Apply for combined artistic production and administrative capacity building up to $50,000.
  • Apply for combined artistic production and operational assistance up to $50,000.

Examples of eligible activities include:

Artistic Production: Hosting arts workshops for the community, creation of a mural, artist residencies and collaborations.
Administrative Capacity Building: Adding more staff to respond to growth in the organization, hiring a contractor for strategic planning for the growth of the organization, staff training, mentoring, and/or building a sustainable operational base.
Operational Assistance: Wages and salaries, building maintenance expenses, rent or mortgage costs, electricity, gas, repairs or landscaping.

Community Art Spaces – Up to $75,000

This area supports B.C. First Nations, First Nations, Métis and Inuit community organizations with the development and enhancement of community arts and culture spaces. This can include renovations to an existing structure or new construction that supports community accessibility to arts spaces. All spaces must be community focused and available for community use.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Renovations/improvements to an existing building/structure, such as carving sheds or cultural spaces. Examples: fixing drywall, painting, roof repair, plumbing costs.
  • Construction of a rehearsal space (for creative expressions such as singing, drumming, dance, theatre, and others).
  • Construction of a permanent designated space to create art, such as weaving, drawing, painting, and other creative expressions.

Arts Administrator Internships – Up to $40,000

This area supports the transfer of knowledge to develop skills and increase capacity for arts administrators in a museum or art setting.

As part of the application process, interns and their mentor must define the structure and content for the internship and develop a learning plan that is relevant to the interests and practical needs of participants. Activities related to community-based arts and culture administration are a priority.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Organizing workshops, events, and other arts activities.
  • Community based research and planning.
  • Community outreach and network building.
  • Support, documentation, and promotion of local artists.
  • Community cultural coordination or arts and culture facilitation.
  • Curatorial practice in a gallery or museum.

This program is supported through a partnership with BC Arts Council and a donation from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and with funding from the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation through the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation.

Information Session

Review this info session video for more information about the program, timeline and how to apply.

We are Here to Support you!

Program staff are available to support you with your application. Please join us for our Information Session (register above) or view the recorded session. Contact the program staff listed at the bottom of this page if you would like assistance with your grant application.

Tools & Resources

Funding Process

We are here to ensure that the funding application process is as easy as possible! We offer a convenient online portal so applicants can access program applications and submit reports all in one place. For additional information please visit the Funding Process page.

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Funding process infogrpahic

Image: Original artwork by Individual Artist recipient Carly Nabess, Métis (Cree) and Anishnaabe from Terrace B.C.

Program Contact

Nikki Rohani

Nikki is of mixed Coast Salish and European ancestry and is from the Penelakut First Nation. Her traditional name is Suwkwiisiliye. Nikki holds a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Indigenous Community Development and Governance from the University of Victoria, as well as two certificates in administration from Vancouver Island University. She is an Arts Program Coordinator and has worked with FPCC since 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a legal assistant supporting a First Nations land-title claim.