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  • Writer's pictureMaryAnn Anderson

NEW Covid-19 Related Special (Arts & Culture) Funding Programs

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

There are a number of new funding programs that have been announced to help artists and arts organizations meet the challenges of the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. New funding is being announced regularly, so check back here often!

  1. NEW: Canada Council Covid-19 Emergency Fund (no deadline, no application - email instruction coming directly from CCA in May 2020)

  2. SUSPENDED: Vancouver Foundation Community Response Fund (no deadline, constant intake)

  3. NEW: BC Arts Council Microgrant Pilot Program (for individual artists) (Deadline: June 30)

  4. Canada Council for the Arts - Digital Strategy Fund: Public Access to the Arts and Citizen Engagement (Special Covid-related intake) (Special Covid-related intake - Deadline: July 31)

  5. NEW: City of Vancouver COVID-19 Cultural Impact Critical Assistance Grants (Deadlines: Expressions of Interest Nov 4; Full Application Nov 18)

  6. NEW: BCAC Expanded Arts & Culture Resilience Supplement (Note: Deadline extended to Jan 29, 2021, don't forget to apply!)

  7. NEW: BC Multiculturalism Grant (Deadline: Nov 30)

  8. NEW: BCAC Project Assistance: Pivot Program (Deadline: Jan 4, 2021)

  9. Canada Music Fund COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund (email instruction coming directly from FACTOR)

  10. Actors Fund of America (AFC): Covid-19 Emergency Financial Aid (no deadline noted) (for entertainment industry professionals)

  11. Canadian Artist + Musician Relief Fund (no deadline noted) (for Toronto & Montreal artists ONLY at this time; may expand nationally at a later date)

  12. Unison Benevolent Fund (no deadline noted) - provides both counselling and emergency financial relief services to the Canadian music community)

  13. The Actors Fund: Emergency Financial Assistance (no deadline noted) - funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.

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