Funding Programs

How to apply for Trust Arts & Culture Grant Programs

Managed by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

The Columbia Basin Trust arts and culture funding cycle, administered and managed by the CKCA, is annual. Information and application forms for the 2019-20 funding cycle is expected to be available mid-January of 2019.

Information on this page is from the previous funding cycle of 2018-19 (now closed, with the exception of Program 7 – ArtStarts Creative Spark). This information is provided to give you a general sense of the funding programs, but all programs and policies are subject to change prior to the January launch.

To apply to Program 7: ArtStarts Creative Spark
Please contact ArtStarts in Schools at or Emily Beam at ArtStarts in Schools at  1-855-292-7826 ext. 110


For 2018-19, the focus of CKCA managed grant programs has shifted to arts & culture support. Heritage organizations that were previously supported through CKCA programming can now access new programs at the Trust. Built Heritage Grants and Heritage, Museum and Archive Grants support the preservation of built heritage assets and the varied work of heritage organizations. There is also a dedicated heritage planner from Heritage BC available to work with heritage organizations in the Basin. You can learn more about these programs at CKCA staff cannot assist with inquiries about the Trust heritage programs.

All funding programs delivered by the CKCA are funded by the Trust.

Step 1

Read the current CKCA 2018-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding Programs Brochure to decide which program best fits your project idea. To be eligible for CKCA funding, the primary emphasis of project proposals must be arts & culture. Projects cannot occur until June 1, 2018. Not all project ideas will necessarily be eligible for funding.

Step 2

Read the 2018-19 Primary Funding Policies and Guidelines. This document outlines general policies and guidelines applicable to all CKCA funding programs.

Step 3

Review the policies and guidelines / application for the program you are interested in (scroll down the page for links). Applications are now in an online application format for all programs except Arts Funding to Communities and Major Project Arts, which are available in Adobe PDF format below. Click here for the CKCA Online Application Guide.

Step 4

If you have any questions, please look at the FAQ page. If your question is not answered there, please contact the CKCA office for assistance.

Step 5

Complete the application form for the program you wish to apply for. Application forms must be submitted online except for Arts Funding to Communities and Major Project Arts, which must be submitted as a paper form. All applications (hard copy and online) must be submitted before the application deadline for that program. Late or incomplete applications will not be funded. Fax or E-mail applications will not be funded.



ONLINE APPLICATION GUIDE – Read before starting an online application


To edit your “in progress / draft” applications started for this year, or to view requests already “submitted” through the online application portal:

  1. Log into your account at
  2. Sign in and select (in the drop down box on the R, above the teal bar):

– “In progress applications” to edit draft applications which have not been submitted

– “Submitted applications” to view previously submitted applications


  1. Locate your required documents, for example: Installment Request Form or Final Report Form. These were e-mailed to you along with your acceptance letter.
  2. Log into your account at
  3. Sign in and select “submitted” in the drop down box (lower L)
  4. Click on the application name, then click “requirements” (upper R)
  5. For more details and tips, read the Online Application Guide; Forms, Reporting and Requirements

Common Reasons Apps Not Funded

Primary Funding Policies and Guidelines