Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program
Arts and culture facilities are essential to every vibrant, healthy community, so the City of Vancouver offers funding to help non-profit organizations buy, build, renovate, or expand a cultural space.
If that describes your organization, you may be eligible for funding.
Conditions apply, so check out the program guidelines below for all of the details.
Applications for 2015 are now closed. Next application deadline will be Spring 2016.
Your organization can apply for this grant if it is a Vancouver-based, registered non-profit society with a volunteer board of directors and a cultural mandate and programming.
We don't fund organizations that:
- Focus on health care, education, sports, recreation, or religion
- Are currently being considered for a cultural amenity space in Vancouver
- Have been based in a cultural amenity space in Vancouver for less than one year
Your organization may apply for this grant to:
- Complete capital projects
- Buy, build, renovate, or expand a cultural facility
The funding cannot pay for:
- Regular or routine repair and maintenance
- Part of ongoing, day-to-day operations
- Work that is already underway or completed
- Administrative costs not directly related to the project
- Projects not located in Vancouver
How to apply
- Read the application guidelines. (300 KB)
The guidelines explain:
- Program objectives
- Eligible applicants and projects
- Grant types and amounts
- Assessment of applications (criteria and process)
- Terms and conditions of the grant award
- Contact us to set up a meeting to discuss your eligibility and project:
- Complete the following documents:
- Mail or deliver three copies of these documents by April 10, 2015 to:
Attention: Cultural Infrastructure Grant
Cultural Services, City of Vancouver
5th Floor, Woodward’s Heritage Building
501 - 111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H4
Optional documents to help with your application
- Cultural Spaces Organization Readiness (35 KB)
This easy-to-use checklist helps you determine your organization's financial- and planning readiness.
- Cultural Spaces Self-Assessment Checklist (45 KB)
An 8-page tool to help your organization with its space planning projects. The checklist uses the same basic criteria for assessment that the Cultural Infrastructure Assessment Committee will use to review your application. Your project application will be strengthened by considering the topics contained in the checklist.
- Guidelines for Memorandum of Understanding (60 KB)
Use this guide to help you draw up a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or partnership agreement between collaborating organizations.
- Guidelines for Scope of Work for Procurement of Good and Services (100 KB)
A scope of work answers the who, why, what, how, and how-much questions, and should be used to solicit comparable and competitive bids from organizations who wish to provide goods and services. These guidelines explain the elements that should be included in a scope of work.
- Available Funding Programs For Cultural Organizations (27 KB)
Get information about planning/capital grants for cultural spaces, energy/sustainability grants, and other financial help.
- Canadian Capital Funding Sources for Cultural Projects
Working through funding and financing options? Use this resource to explore almost 100 local, provincial, and federal programs designed to support cultural sector projects.