- $500 million support to arts and sport sector: distributed through Heritage Canada
- Canada’s COVID Economic Response Plan: support to Canadians, businesses and organizations facing hardship as a result of COVID-19
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance: this program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses and non-profit organizations affected by COVID-19
- Canada Emergency Business Account: interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and non-profits, to help cover operating costs during a period where revenues are restricted.
- Canada Council for the Arts: $60M in advance funding to help stabilize the backbone of the arts sector during COVID-19
- BC Arts Council Funding: includes a list of changes to their programs/services
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF): nearly $1 billion in support to mitigate the financial pressure experienced by businesses and organizations to continue operations and prepare for a successful recovery
BC Gaming Capital Project Grants: the Capital Project Grants program has been adapted to address the financial challenges that non-profits are facing due to COVID
- Community Workforce Response Grant: provides up to $10 million a year in funding for communities and sectors to support in-demand skills training leading to secure and sustainable employment for unemployed or underemployed (part-time, seasonal or casual) British Columbians
Indigenous Heritage MicroGrants: With funding up to $2,000, this micro-grant supports emergent activities on a one-time basis that contribute to the revitalization of Indigenous heritage in B.C. Indigenous Cultural Heritage Infrastructure Grant: supports B.C. First Nations bands, tribal councils, as well as Indigenous not-for-profit societies, and Indigenous-led museums and cultural spaces focusing on Indigenous cultural heritage. LEVEL BIPOC Grants : flexible, general operating grants of $50,000 for BIPOC-led organizations in BC to support their work in racial equity and racial justice Emergency Community Support Fund (Round 2): Support (up to $25,000) for nonprofits and registered charities that serve vulnerable groups and/or address pressing social inclusion or wellbeing need caused or worsened by COVID-19.
- Language Technology Program: [NC1] This program provides up to $180,000 in funding, technology and training to communities to support language revitalization using technology. This program combines the FirstVoices Program and Digitization Grants Initiative to offer funding and training to First Nations communities, governments, bands and tribal councils, and Indigenous organizations in B.C.
- BC Arts Council Resilience Funds: $21M to support an arts and culture resilience plan.
Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program: provides fully-funded provincial grants to support economic resilience, tourism, heritage and urban and rural economic development projects in communities impacted by COVID-19
- FPCC Language Revitalization Planning Program: provides up to $100,000 in funding, resources and coaching to First Nations communities in B.C.
- Vantage Point COVID19 Response Program: short-term initiative to match you with an expert volunteer in four knowledge areas; information navigators, governance advisors, fundraising advisors and financial management advisors
- [email protected]: free crisis management support to arts organizations on topics such as finance, human resources, fundraising, governance, communications etc.
- LegalHelpBC.ca provides British Columbians with a starting point to get answers to their COVID-19 legal questions.
- [email protected]: free legal information is available upon request to this email address
- Kelowna’s Canadian Mental Health Association: online programs and services to support mental health
- Vantage Point Membership: offered for free during COVID-19 crisis
- I Lost my Gig Canada: a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to growing income precarity in Canada
Non-profit Boards and COVID-19 : what could the role of your board be during a global pandemic
- Act Safe – Safety Association: safety resources for arts and entertainment industries
ArtsBC Executive Directors’ Mastermind Group : a place where arts administrators can come together, troubleshoot, share and support one another. Key themes include governance, knowledge sharing and collaboration.
- Business and the Arts Video Resources: a new series, How are you adapting? Where they interview arts leaders from across Canada to learn about how they are changing their programming and business models in light of COVID-19.
CLASSROOM : a 5-week series of free online masterclasses and discussions about today’s shifting approaches and opportunities for live performance makers.
- ActSafe’s COVID-19 Resource Page
Canada Business Resilience Network : to help businesses and nonprofits prepare, persevere, and ultimately prosper as we collectively face the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Arts Community Outreach Coach:[NC1] First People’s Cultural Council has a new position which will connect directly with Indigenous artists and organizations to assist them in accessing FPCC programs and resources, planning projects to address COVID-19 requirements and offer advice on raising their profile
- Young Associates CECRA Tips: tips for navigating the CECRA program
- ArtsClub COVID-19 Safety Measures: safety measures outlining the audience and artist experience
- Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society Resources For You: helping non-profits and artists understand the law
Canadian Charities Connect : join other Canadian Charity Professionals to discuss tips, lessons learned and strategies for taking advantage of opportunities enabled by this transformation. Directors Liability Frequently Asked Questions : information on the duties of directors, what they may be liable for and how to protect themselves
- A Conversation with Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage: the recording
- Updated information on your Civil Liability for exposure to or transmission of COVID-19
Building an inclusive culture of wellbeing at work
- 5 steps to securing sponsors
- Survivor guilt: how to deal with company layoffs
- Recording of Townhall with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault: Sept 1
- 10 Ideas for Community Based COVID-19 Recovery
Employee Rights and Employer Obligations in COVID-19
- Who Owns that Sound: Music in the Digital Age
- SoundON: provides BC presenters and artists with direct support to get back to doing what they do best: creating unforgettable live music experiences
Governance and non-profit resources
- Non-profit Boards and COVID-19: what could the role of your board be during a global pandemic
- Canada Business Resilience Network: to help businesses and nonprofits prepare, persevere, and ultimately prosper as we collectively face the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Building an inclusive culture of wellbeing at work
- Directors Liability Frequently Asked Questions: information on the duties of directors, what they may be liable for and how to protect themselves
- Employee Rights and Employer Obligations in COVID-19
- Canadian Charities Connect: join other Canadian Charity Professionals to discuss tips, lessons learned and strategies for taking advantage of opportunities enabled by this transformation.
- ArtsBC Executive Directors’ Mastermind Group: a place where arts administrators can come together, troubleshoot, share and support one another. Key themes include governance, knowledge sharing and collaboration.
- BC Restart Plan: a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
- Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide: considerations for reopening your facilities and events
- WorkSafeBC’s Returning to Safe Operation – Phase 2
- Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s COVID 19 Business Resources
- ActSafe;’s Performing Arts Industry Relaunch Framework
- Art Helps Auxiliary Directory: add your skills and capacity to the initiatves below to help reduce the impact of COVID-19
- [email protected]: experts and professionals can offer their free crisis management support to arts organizations on topics such as finance, human resources, fundraising, governance etc.
Digital and Working from Home Tools
- GVPTA Zoom Meeting Rooms to Book
- 8 Tips for Non-profit Leaders to Support Virtual Teams
- Community Engagement Using the Virtual Peer Input Process: A tool to crowdsource the wisdom of your team, focus team discussion and make progress on an idea, practice or challenge.
- Lake Country Museum Resources: The Lake Country Museum is providing resources for teachers, students and family at no cost to assist them with online access to resources
- BC Alliance for Arts and Culture Digital Ladders Program: two, free 45-minute consultations of digital expertise and knowledge on tackling your digital needs
- New Video Interviewing Services: Charity Village is offering new video interviewing services that will help you take your hiring, volunteer recruitment, or job search entirely virtual.
- 8 Tips to Running your first online AGM from CAGP
- Virtual AGM Facilitation Guide
- Template: Virtual AGM Script
- Template: Virtual AGM critical path
- Virtual Event Planning Template
- How to transition volunteer training workshops to a virtual delivery
- Starting a job remotely during COVID-19? Here’s what you need to know to succeed
Continue Indulging in the Arts
- Share and enjoy local art through ArtStream Okanagan’s Facebook page
- Learn more about the City’s Public Art collection by taking the Public Art Virtual Tour
- Attend the Social Distancing Festival
- For more ways to stay involved and to promote your ongoing programs, check out the #CultureDoesntStop portal!
- Culture Online: Visit museums, view live music, watch dance and explore science centres from across BC. #CultureDoesntStop
- Zuppa Theatre’s Vista: 30-minute, interactive storytelling map about working in public health
- Cultural District Self-Guided Walking Tour: take a tour of Kelowna’s Cultural District’s past and present on your mobile device
- New Vintage Theatre’s Theatre Truck: Get ready for the Theatre Truck and two upcoming performances you can book: Leaps and Bounds and Dead Serious. For more information and to book the Theatre Truck performance in your neighbourhood, please contact [email protected]
- Virtual Lunchbox Lectures: Cultural Food For Thought: A virtual lecture series presented in partnership by Kelowna Museums, Kelowna Art Gallery and Sncewips Heritage Museum to bring you all things Okanagan
- Register for Melany Nugent-Noble’s project through the City of Kelowna’s 2020 Artist in Residence program and register to carry a distance detecting light beacon for 3 days
- Check out the second year of Uptown Rutland Business Association’s Mural Fest
- Visit the facilities in the Cultural District that have reopened with your safety in mind: Kelowna Art Gallery, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna Museums and the Okanagan Regional Library – Downtown Branch
- Get ready for BC Culture Days
- 19 – Online Art Auction and Outdoor Exhibit: Bid on pieces created by 19 local, professional artists during and inspired by the COVID-19 crisis
- Fibre Arts Annual Sale: Ponderosa Guild’s annual ARTISAN sale of one-of-a-kind clothing, home decor, Christmas ornaments and more. Holiday gifts for all ages hand crafted by our talented artists! Also featuring Cool Arts and Other Guest Artists. November 21, 9:30-3:30.1309 Bernard Street, Free Admission. Mask Required. Safe Shopping Ahead.
- Purple Seven: Join the sector benchmark. TRG Arts and Purple Seven have partnered to provide real-time intelligence and advice to the arts and culture sector on the economic impact of COVID-19.
- I Lost my Gig COVID-19 Impact Survey: open until February 28, 2021. The goals are to help better understand the effects of COVID-19 on the Canadian arts and culture industry, share stories on how diverse organizations are responding, and identify what is needed to help the sector strive into the future
- SPACE for COMMUNITY: a multi-year study seeking to understand the real estate challenges impacting your sector
Available Impact Data
- Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association Summary Report
- Canada Council’s April Survey Results
- Vantage Point Sector Survey Results
- What will it take for Canadians to return to the arts? Full report from Business/Arts
- Confederation Centre for the Arts Survey Results: Audience survey about returning to performances
- Global Pulse, COVID-19 Results, Canada
- Professional Association of Canadian Theatres COVID-19 Survey Results
One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.Edward de Bono