Individual Artists Program


Up to $20,000
September 16, 2023 - December 31, 2024

The Individual Artists Program supports the artistic development of B.C. First Nations, First Nations, Métis and Inuit creators residing in B.C.

The program is eligible for creative practices of any medium or expression and for those who have demonstrated a commitment to their artistic practice. This may include carvers, storytellers, visual artists, choreographers, dancers, dance groups, performance artists, regalia creatives, weavers, writers, multi-media artists and sculptors. 

Funding supports artists to further develop their creative practice, connect with community and explore new approaches and techniques. This program also includes scholarships for applicants pursuing a post-secondary education in the arts.

This program offers funding for two areas: Individual Artists and Scholarships. Click below to learn more about each area.

Individual Artists – Up to $20,000

This funding area supports artists in: 

  • Increasing their skills and knowledge. 
  • Pursuing new approaches or techniques in their practice. 
  • Gaining the recognition of their peers and community. 
  • Developing a presentation of their artistic journey/history for the public (including but not limited to knowledge sharing events and community gatherings, gallery showings, digital platforms, performance, film) 
  • Spending more time with their creative expression. 

Some examples of the potential activities for this funding include: dedicating time to testing an innovative approach to your work, further developing skills within your creative practice through and specific project, expanding your portfolio, supporting community within your project, preparing for an event, gallery show or opportunity where your work will be utilized or displayed.

Scholarships – Up to $15,000

Scholarships support applicants enrolled in an arts program at a post-secondary institution. Applicants must indicate the institution, program and number of semesters they have enrolled in.

The following examples illustrate some of the potential applications of this funding: 

  • Pursuit of post-secondary education in the arts through a semester-based program 
  • Pursuit of post-secondary education in the arts through an intensive program 
  • Pursuit of professional development training in your creative practice 

Please note, if you are interested in applying for a full-time one-on-one mentorship, please apply to the Arts Strengthening Program

Additionally, if you are applying for primarily music-based activities, please apply to the Music Program.

This program is made possible through a partnership with BC Arts Council and funding from the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation through the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation. 

Information Session – Full

Program staff are holding an extra information/coaching session for individuals who need support finishing their application for the Individual Artist Grant. Applicants will need to come prepared with questions and their application in drafted to almost complete. This session has a limit of 10 registrations.

Our info session on September 7, 2023 is now full.

Watch the info session below to learn more about the program, and review the Q&A here!

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

Leah Anthony

Leah comes from Carrier, Portuguese, French Canadian and English/Irish ancestry. She joined FPCC in 2021 and supports the Individual Artists Program as an Arts Program Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria in 2020.