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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 Accepting applications for capital projects
Application deadline  October 10, 2014 

 Note: Organizations must meet with staff before they apply to discuss their proposed projects.

Eligible applicants

You can apply for this grant if:

  • Your organization is a Vancouver-based, registered non-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors
  • Your organization has a cultural mandate and programming

Ineligible applicants

Your organization is not eligible if:

  • Your focus is health care, education, sports, recreation, or religion
  • You are currently being considered for a cultural amenity space in Vancouver
  • You have been based in a cultural amenity space in Vancouver for less than one year

Eligible projects

  • Capital projects 
  • Buying, building, renovating, or expanding a cultural facility

Ineligible projects

  • 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

Before you apply, you need to contact Cultural Services staff for a mandatory meeting about your proposed project.

Grant documents

Cultural Spaces Self-Assessment Checklist PDF (45 KB)

An 8-page tool to help your organization with its space planning projects. The Self-Assessment 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 Scope of Work for Procurement of Good and Services PDF (100 KB)

A Scope of Work answers the who-why-what-how-how much questions and should be used to solicit comparable and competitive bids from organizations who wish to provide goods and services. Download the document to review the elements that should be included in a Scope of Work.

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.

Cultural Spaces Organization Readiness PDF (35 KB)

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

Required documentation when applying

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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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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: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:26:46

Grant recipients from previous years