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Arts and culture grants

Arts and culture grants

Every year, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board award $10.1 million to non-profit arts and cultural organizations through a variety of grant programs.

We appreciate the value that the arts brings to the lives of our citizens and the life of our city. As Vancouver author and artist Douglas Coupland puts it, "A city without strong, consistent arts funding is basically a parking lot."

See if your group is eligible for one of these grants

Artists in Communities program at Trout Lake Community Centre

Artists in Communities program

The Artists in Communities program supports artists working with communities on issues of joint interest or concern using principles of community cultural development. Check out our annual call for artist applications.

Artist live-work studio on East 4th Avenue and Scotia Street

Artist Live-Work Studio Awards Program

The Artist Live-Work Studio Awards Program provides Vancouver-based professional artists who have financial need with live-work or work-only artist studios that are low-cost or free for up to three years.

Leaky Heaven Circus Happyland Carnival

Community Arts Grant Program

Provides grants to support arts or cultural activities that celebrate and promote Vancouver's communities and neighbourhoods.

Artists of Ballet BC in Aniel.

Cultural Grants Program

Helps fund non-profit organizations in start-up, growth, and mature phases of development to carry out a wide range of artistic and cultural activities, projects, and events. The program includes Project Grants, Operating Grants, and Annual Assistance Grants.

Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program

Provides support for arts and culture organizations to help them plan, buy, build, renovate, or expand cultural spaces in Vancouver.

Children painting

Grants for emerging artists

Creative Spark Vancouver provides small grants to emerging artists to engage young people in arts-based projects. Find out more.

Apply for permit fee assistance for your cultural space construction and renovation permits

Permit fee assistance for cultural spaces

Apply for up to $1,500 in funding for permit fees to build, renovate, or adapt the use of your non-profit cultural space, like a performance space or studio space, with our Permit Fee Assistance Program.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Vancouver's Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports community efforts to make creative improvements to public land. Find out about the criteria, eligibility, and application process.

Theatre Rental Grants

Theatre Rental Grant Program

Provides financial assistance to help cover the costs of renting the Orpheum Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse, or the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Fundraising and marketing resources

Other funding programs

Find additional funding programs for your arts and culture organization from banks, governments, and organizations.

Advertising for arts and culture non-profit groups

Find out how your arts and culture organization can advertise in transit shelters or on a video billboard.

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Use our online tools to register for classes, pay bills, get permits, and more.

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Contact Cultural Services

Location and mailing address
Cultural Services
Woodward's Heritage Building
501 - 111 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Phone: 604-829-2007

Fax: 604-871-6005


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