COVID-19 – Financial Support
— Last checked and updated June 20, 2021, by Rachel Lin, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student
For Bursaries, Grants, and Subsidies: Read Here
For Cultural Sector Resources: Read Here
For COVID-19 News for BC Magazine Publishers (etc.): Read Here
This list is as comprehensive as possible, however we have found that certain cities and businesses are offering more specific supports, so in addition to this list, we suggest you research your network to see if other supports are available. This section only lists funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic or supports that may help you recover from same.
If you know of a valuable resource or news item for our industry that is not listed below, or we’ve made a mistake, please email our executive director, Sylvia Skene, at email@example.com and we will update this resource section as soon as we can.
Who is eligible? BC-owned and operated businesses that currently do not have an online store or booking system set up. Please review the eligibility criteria before applying. Read Here
What is offered? Funding for businesses to upgrade or set up their online system for their customers. Review the program guide before applying. Read Here
When it is available? Available until September 30, 2021, or until funds have been fully distributed. Please submit your grant proposal and other additional documents along with your application.
Funding Resources for Magazines, Non-Profits, and Arts & Culture Organizations
Last accessed June 20, 2021.
Who is eligible? Magazines that are non-profit organizations incorporated under British Columbia’s Society Act and in good standing with Creative BC, and governed by a board of directors where applicable. Please check the link above and the guidelines for full requirements and details. Read Guidelines Here
What is offered? Funding for workshops, panels, economic research, and strategic planning between April 2021 and March 2022.
When it is available? Applications are received and approved on an ongoing basis until funding is spent. Creative BC is requesting that organizations submit an expression of interest, followed by a full application once the EOI has been reviewed for eligibility.
Who is eligible? Young graduates and employers wishing to hire same.
What is offered? A paid internship program administered by the Cultural Human Resources Council funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage as part of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.
When is it available? The deadline has passed. The next intake details are not available yet.
Who is eligible? Majority-BC owned and operated businesses that either employ 2-149 people for at least 4 months of the year or have fixed costs related to tangible assets, positive cash flow before the pandemic, 70% or more revenue losses during March or April, and at least 30% losses during May to the present. (See website for details, as well as our own blog post.)
What is offered? Up to $30,000 in grants, plus a top-up of up to $15,000 for eligible tourism-related businesses (which can include tourism-related magazines). Eligible businesses must develop a recovery plan; professional service providers are available to assist with planning as needed.
When is it available? Until the money runs out or August 31, 2021, whichever comes first.
Who is eligible? Businesses that have a CRA business number as of September 27, 2020, and had a payroll account as of March 15. 2020, or if you purchased business assets that meet the previous requirements. These also apply to non-profits and charities.
What is offered? If you have to close or stop operating as a result of public health order you can receive up to 25% off of eligible expenses per location. The base subsidy rate applies to a maximum of $75, 000 per location and an overall maximum of $300, 000 in expenses for you and any affiliated entities.
When is it available? The deadline to apply is July 15, 2021.
Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
This funding is no longer available.
Who is eligible? Any employee and employer combination who together reach an agreement.
What is offered? A program that reduces layoffs and allows employers to retain skilled workers. Those employees receive fewer hours and partial EI benefits.
When is it available? Until Sept 26, 2021. Employers are asked to send applications by email 10 business days before the requested start date.
Vantage Point will assign expert volunteers and provide guidance to non-profit organizations and charities on various support programs available, as well as advise on governance, fundraising, and financial management, based on application. For the duration of COVID-19 Vantage Point’s organizational membership is free. There is no due date for the application.
Funding for Your Contributors
This is a 10-page document that is consistently being updated, which outlines various additional support opportunities for artists in marginalized communities. We are reviewing this list periodically and adding relevant items to our own list. There does not appear to be a due date to apply.
Who is eligible? Employers are eligible for reimbursement when an employee:
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Is waiting for COVID-19 test results
- Needs to self-isolate or self-monitor in accordance with a public health order or guideline
- Has been directed to stay home by their employer due to exposure risks.
What is offered? Up to 3 days’ reimbursement of wages paid to employees during their COVID-19 sick leave.
When it is available? Until December 21, 2021. Applications take about 10 business days to process.
BACK TO ALL RESOURCES
– Compiled by Shaleeta Harrison, LINK Magazine & Member-at-Large, MagsBC board, with assistance from Jessica Key, subTerrain & President, MagsBC board; Sylvia Skene, Executive Director, MagsBC; Leah Vecchione, and Kathryn Breakell, Langara College library technician practicum students; and content from the Women-EDs listserv, magazine publishers and others.