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Arts and culture investment increases 53% since 2012

January 25 2017 Local art organizations awarded $2.6 million in advance grants

"Vancouver is proud of our vibrant arts and culture sector, rooted in homegrown talent, as one of the most unique in the world and we're committed to using every tool at our disposal to foster and support it," says Mayor Gregor Robertson

More than 98 local cultural organizations will benefit from our investment of more than $2.6 million.

The investment is part of an ongoing strategy to enhance sustainability in the cultural sector and to enrich the lives of residents and visitors.

Industry plays important part in our economy

"Vancouver is proud of our vibrant arts and culture sector, rooted in homegrown talent, as one of the most unique in the world and we're committed to using every tool at our disposal to foster and support it," says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

"Investing $2.6 million to support local cultural organizations not only shows City Hall's pride in supporting the cultural sector, but also gives a boost to an industry that plays an important part in our local economy."

Our investment over the last five years

Our investment and commitment towards arts and culture continues to be a priority. In the last five years, our financial contribution to arts and culture has increased 53% from $19.6 million in 2012 to $30.1 million in 2017.

This year, more than $11.5 million in grants will be provided to local arts and culture not-for-profit organizations.

The five-year trend indicates we have been providing a steady 8% of the total revenues to the our cultural operating grantees.

About this year's investment

The financial contribution approved by City Council will be given to a dynamic range of eligible non-for-profit arts and cultural organizations.

The annual investment comes at a time when financial need is great and cash flow is tight for not-for-profits, particularly due to grants from other funders not being awarded until much later in the year. Cultural grants are critical in allowing organizations to start planning their programming and help run their activities.

This year, groups – including Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, Wen Wei Dance, Full Circle First Nations Performance, Vancouver Out on Screen Film Society, Word Vancouver, and more – will receive funds.

About cultural grants

Cultural grants support Vancouver-based, professional non-profit arts and cultural organizations that have a mission to develop, create, produce, present, and disseminate artistic work, or who provide professional umbrella services or spaces for the benefit of Vancouver's art sector, in any artistic discipline.

Learn more about advance grants