B.C. First Nation baskets. One birchbark and the other from sweet grass and roots. Projects liek this are supported by FPCC's Individual Artists Program.

Individual Artists Program

Arts

open
2024/07/03
Up to $20,000
July 3, 2024 - September 15, 2025

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

The program supports creative practices of any medium or expression and 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 First Nations community and explore new approaches and techniques. This program also includes scholarships for applicants pursuing a post-secondary education in the arts.

The Individual Artists Program offers two funding options: 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 

Eligibility

FPCC is a First Nations-led organization with unique expertise in B.C. First Nations languages, arts and heritage. There is an urgent need to support the revitalization of First Nations arts practices in B.C. With the growing number of requests for funding, the FPCC Arts Program is focused on providing support for the artforms that come from this land.  

Our work is founded in the fundamental belief that First Nations are the rightful stewards of their cultural knowledge and arts practices, and are best equipped to lead this important work of protecting, sharing and revitalizing B.C. First Nations Arts practices on these lands.  

We want all Indigenous artists to be successful, no matter where they are from. Here is a link to information on other arts funding sources and organizations: fpcc.ca/artsfunders

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the program contact staff member listed at the bottom of this page. 

How to Apply

There are two sets of documents to review before starting your application. The FPCC Funding Guidelines provide general information applicable to all FPCC programs and grants applications. The Program Guidelines provide information and eligibility criteria specific to the Individual Artists program.

Applications are received via the FPCC Grant Portal. Click the APPLY NOW button to access our portal.

Applications may be submitted until 4:30pm PST on July 3, 2024.

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.

Watch the Information Video

Please view the video below for more information about the program, guidelines and application process. 

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

We are Here to Support you!

Program staff are available to support you with your application. 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

Page image provided by Julie Elizabeth Photography, Williams Lake First Nation

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.