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Upcoming Webinars

Topic & Registration LinkPresenterDateTime
Daily Drop in Call for Executive Directors and Board MembersVantage PointDaily (Mon-Fri)4pm-5pm
Arts BC Weekly RoundtableArtsBCEvery second Tuesday12pm-1pm
PACT Town HallProfessional Association of Canadian TheatreWeekly (Thursdays)10am-11am
Closing the Doors with GraceVantage PointThurs, Aug 610am-11am
Tools for Harnessing Collective CreativityTamarack InstituteWed, Aug 1210am-11am
Art Law Talks: A Performing Arts Panel on the COVID-19 ExperienceArtists’ Legal Outreach and Pacific Legal Education and Outreach SocietyWed, Aug 1212pm-1pm
Managing Employees in Uncertain TimesCharityVillageThurs, Aug 1310am-11am
Engaging Youth: Inspiring Stories and Lessons LearnedTamarack Institute Wed, Aug 1910am-11am
PACTConProfessional Association of Canadian TheatreAug 24-28Misc.

Financial Resources

  1. $500 million support to arts and sport sector: distributed through Heritage Canada
  2. BC Arts Council Resilience Supplement: organizations who have received at least 1 BC Arts Council project assistance grant in the past 3 years under eligible programs can apply for a one-time $5,ooo grant
  3. Canada’s COVID Economic Response Plan: support to Canadians, businesses and organizations facing hardship as a result of COVID-19
  4. Canada Emergency Response Benefits: If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the CERB may provide you with temporary income support.
  5. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy[NC1] : provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks
  6. Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance: this program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses and non-profit organizations affected by COVID-19
  7. 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.
  8. Canada Council for the Arts: $60M in advance funding to help stabilize the backbone of the arts sector during COVID-19
  9. BC Arts Council Funding: changes include a 50% advance in operating funding.
  10. Central Okanagan Emergency Response Fund: relief to organization disproportionately affected by the crisis.
  11. Vancouver Foundation’s “In Our Hearts” Community Response Fund: essential relief to charities in BC that provide health and social services and arts, culture and community benefits that have been impacted by COVID-19.
  12. Emergency Relief Fund for Literary Artists
  13. BCMA Resilience Grant: a micro-grant program to help museums, art galleries, heritage organizations and indigenous cultural centres in BC.
  14. Interior Savings Community Relief Fund: One-time grants from $2,000-$7,000 to cover extraordinary and unbudgeted costs your organization is incurring in order to continue to provide vital services during the pandemic
  15. Canada Council’s Digital Originals: a new initiative to help artists, arts groups, and organizations pivot their work for online sharing.
  16. $350M Emergency Community Support Fund: focus is on supporting community organizations as they deliver services to those who are most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.
  17. 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
  18. First West Foundation Community Response Fund: $600,000 to help local BC charities in need
  19. BC Arts Council Microgrant Pilot Program: intended to support professional artists and cultural practitioners in B.C. to adapt either an existing work or their professional practice to respond to emergent needs or changes in the arts and culture sector.
  20. 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
  21. SoundON: provides BC presenters and artists with direct support to get back to doing what they do best: creating unforgettable live music experiences
  22. Phase 2 of COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund: aims to support the organizations that were not eligible during Phase 1.
  23. Extension to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy: information regarding the new extension to this program

Non-financial Resources

  1. 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
  2. [email protected]: free crisis management support to arts organizations on topics such as finance, human resources, fundraising, governance, communications etc.
  3. LegalHelpBC.ca provides British Columbians with a starting point to get answers to their COVID-19 legal questions. 
  4. [email protected]: free legal information is available upon request to this email address
  5. Kelowna’s Canadian Mental Health Association: online programs and services to support mental health
  6. Vantage Point Membership: offered for free during COVID-19 crisis
  7. 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
  8. Non-profit Boards and COVID-19: what could the role of your board be during a global pandemic
  9. Act Safe – Safety Association: safety resources for arts and entertainment industries
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. CLASSROOM: a 5-week series of free online masterclasses and discussions about today’s shifting approaches and opportunities for live performance makers.
  13. ActSafe’s COVID-19 Resource Page
  14. Canada Business Resilience Network: to help businesses and nonprofits prepare, persevere, and ultimately prosper as we collectively face the COVID-19 pandemic.
  15. Arts Community Outreach Coach: 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
  16. Young Associates CECRA Tips: tips for navigating the CECRA program
  17. ArtsClub COVID-19 Safety Measures: safety measures outlining the audience and artist experience
  18.  Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society Resources For You: helping non-profits and artists understand the law 
  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.
  20. Directors Liability Frequently Asked Questions: information on the duties of directors, what they may be liable for and how to protect themselves 
  21. A Conversation with Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage: the recording

Offering Support

  1. 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.
  2. Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide: considerations for reopening your facilities and events
  3. WorkSafeBC’s Returning to Safe Operation – Phase 2
  4. Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s COVID 19 Business Resources
  5. ActSafe;’s Performing Arts Industry Relaunch Framework
  6. Art Helps Auxiliary Directory: add your skills and capacity to the initiatves below to help reduce the impact of COVID-19
  7. [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.

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Impact Reporting

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