Artists in the Classroom grants bring professional artists into schools for rich learning experiences.
Artists, Teachers, Principals and PAC Representatives can apply for Artists in the Classroom (AIC) Grants to bring professional artists into the classrooms. Through AIC, artists and educators collaborate to expand the role of arts in education and activate learning for young people across BC. AIC Grants support projects in schools across BC that demonstrate artistic excellence, strong curricular connections, high levels of student engagement and an active partnership between educators and professional artists.
Artists in the Classroom grants are disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools through a partnership agreement with BC Arts Council and funded by the Province of British Columbia.
Grants of up to $3,500 for small-scale projects and grants of up to $10,000 for large-scale projects are available. AIC grants can fund up to 70% of total project costs and can only cover eligible expenses. The remaining 30% of costs, including ineligible expenses, must be covered by other sources secured by the applicant.
New this year! Up to 10% of the total project budget can be applied towards Artist's administrative time. In the past, only Artist's time working in the classroom or preparing materials and supplies could be funded by this grant. Now time spent doing administrative work including applying for the grant, managing timelines and communication with the school, scheduling and planning, and other administrative tasks to make the project come to fruition can be covered by grant funds.
Educators: Have an idea for a project but havent found an artist to work with yet? Search ArtStarts' Artists in the Classroom Directory. All BC-based artists are eligible to be funded through the Artists in the Classroom Grant, they do not have to be on the Directory.
All professional artists, teachers, principals and PAC representatives in British Columbia are eligible to apply for this grant.
As the AIC grant is disbursed to the school for management, check to see if the school in which the project will take place is eligible for the AIC Grant! Search the BC School Listing from the Ministry of Education or the First Nations School Directory. If your school is on either of those lists, you are eligible for funding!
Next deadline is May 19, 2020 for projects happening during the 2020-2021 School Year. Applications will open February 2020.
We are excited to share that we have been working on releasing a new form for the AIC Grant. The new application form should be online in March 2020 and ready for you to use. We appreciate your patience with this process as we update our systems. We will also release instructions on how to use the form and how to get in touch with us if you have any issues as we anticipate some growing pains as we implement this exciting new system.
We have put together practical resources for teachers and artists in the classroom to help you deepen your understanding of arts in education and provide tips and tools that can be used when putting together your application and executing the project.
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students took part in AIC projects in the 2018-19 school year
May 19, 2020
Deadline to Apply
June 25, 2020
Final Report Deadline
Email us at
or call 604-336-0626
Emily Beam ext 110
Director of Programs
Lily Cryan ext 111
Watch this video highlighting a successful AIC project.
Be inspired by creative projects successfully supported by Artists in the Classroom grants. Browse our list of funded projects—or search by artistic discipline, curriculum, region of BC, school name or school year.
The ArtStarts Gallery is the only free, public gallery in Canada exclusively dedicated to young people’s art. Exhibitions often showcase projects from Artists in the Classroom grants.