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Community Arts Grant Program

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Is your group planning a community-based art project or event?

Your group may be eligible for grant money for planning, running, or promoting that event or project.

These high-demand funds are available just once per year.

Please review the information guide below and contact Cultural Services to discuss your group's eligibility and receive an application form.

Current status


Applications available January 2017

Eligible applicants

  • Vancouver-based not-for-profit organizations, community service co-ops registered with BC Registry Service, registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, or First Nation Band Councils
  • In operation for at least six months before the application deadline

Eligible projects

Arts and cultural activities that engage communities, such as:

  • Festivals, celebrations, and major parades
  • Community arts projects
  • Artist residency within a neighbourhood or community
  • Neighbourhood or community art plans
  • Public art projects

Ineligible projects

  • Projects which are not focused on artistic or cultural activities
  • Sporting events
  • Demonstrations, marches, and rallies

How to apply

  1. Read the 2016 Community Arts Grants general information guide PDF icon (331 KB).
  2. New for 2016! If your non-profit society is considering a public art project, read the Community arts grants public art projects guidelines PDF file (100 KB).
  3. These information guides have details about:

    • Program objectives
    • Eligible applicants, projects, and activities
    • Grant funding uses and amounts
    • Assessment of applications
    • Conditions of assistance
  4. Contact us to discuss your eligibility and benefit from valuable advice.
  5. If your group and project are eligible, we email you a link to the online application form for you to complete.

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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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