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Grant Update

Effective December 2019, the Creative Spark Columbia Basin grant will be rolled into the Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grant. Over the last four years, Creative Spark Columbia Basin funded fifty artists to engage two thousand young people in arts-based projects in communities across the Columbia Basin region. This grant has sparked new interest for artists to get creative with young people and access more funding through AIC. Now these artists can apply to work in schools through the Artists in the Classroom grant. The funding from Columbia Basin Trust, through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, will support an increased number of AIC projects in the region.

How is AIC different from Creative Spark Columbia Basin?

  • Professional Artists, Teachers, Principals and PAC Representatives can apply. Emerging artists cannot apply.
  • Projects must happen in a school and develop through an active partnership between educators and professional artists
  • There are two intakes each year: 
      • The next deadline is May 19, 2020 for projects happening in the 2020-21 school year
      • The following deadline is Oct 20, 2020 for projects happening January to June 2021 
  • 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.

Go to the Artists in the Classroom page for full details about the grant and how to apply.

Get in Touch

Lily Cryan
Program Manager
[email protected]
604-336-0626 ext 111


Columbia Basin Trust, through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, supports efforts by the people of the Columbia Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.