FPCC loggFPCC is pleased to announce that $979,950 in grants have been awarded to Indigenous artists in B.C. through the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards (AADA) and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts (AYEA) programs.

Of 111 applications received for the October 31, 2016 deadline, 76 projects were selected to receive funding for the 2016/17 program year. A full list of recipients can be found here: www.fpcc.ca/arts/Programs.

FPCC’s arts grants support Indigenous arts in B.C. through five programs: Individual Emerging Artists, Organizations and Collectives, Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations, Arts Administrator Internships and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts. Proposals are accepted annually from Indigenous artists in B.C.

Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to their practice in any discipline – visual, music, dance, theatre, literary or media arts – and can work in traditional or experimental forms.

Since 1996, FPCC has been delivering the AADA grant programs through a partnership with the BC Arts Council. Support for the program has also been provided by the New Relationship Trust (NRT) since 2009 and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies since 2013. In 2014, FPCC also began delivering the Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts (AYEA) program, which is intended to encourage youth participation in creative and artistic activity.


Each year, proposals are reviewed by peer adjudication committees, composed of expert artists and arts administrators who evaluate applications and select grant recipients through a rigorous assessment process. The AADA grants are one of the few sources of funding directed specifically toward Aboriginal and First Nations arts in B.C. Projects in all regions of the province, including remote communities, can access support that may otherwise be unavailable.

Indigenous artists and organizations in B.C. are invited to find out more about the AADA and AYEA grants by visiting www.fpcc.ca/arts.

The next deadline for all FPCC arts programs is October 31, 2017. Updated guidelines and application forms will be available on FPCC’s website in the summer of 2017.


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Arts Grant Recipients


  Cathi Charles Wherry
Arts Program Manager, First Peoples’ Cultural Council
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