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Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program

Cultural Infrastructure Grants

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.

Current status

2016 Cultural Infrastructure Grant Deadline: April 8, 2016, 4:30pm

Eligible applicants

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

Eligible projects

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

  1. Read the application guidelines PDF (325 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
  2. Contact us to set up a meeting to discuss your eligibility and project:
  3. Complete the following documents:
  4. 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 PDF (35 KB)

    This easy-to-use checklist helps you determine your organization's financial- and planning readiness.

  • Cultural Spaces Self-Assessment Checklist PDF (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 PDF (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 PDF (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 PDF (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.

2016 Cultural Infrastructure Grant Survey

We are surveying Vancouver-based arts and culture non-profit organizations to provide feedback on the Cultural Infrastructure Grant program and offer suggestions for improvement. We need your input.

Take the survey now

Recommendations for changes and improvements will be presented to City Council in July 2016. Approved changes wil be implemented in 2017.

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Debra Bodner
Cultural Planner



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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Grant recipients from previous years

View previous recipients of Vancouver's Cultural Infrastructure Grants: who received grants, how much the grant was, and what the grant will be used for.

Last modified: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:08:05

Grant recipients from previous years