Grant application and assessment process
To award grants under the Cultural Grants Program, the City uses a blended approach to assessment grant applications. Applications are assessed by:
- Arts and cultural community peers, who are members of the Assessment Committee
- A City staff Cultural Planner from Cultural Services
The blended approached ensures that
- Practicing artists and administrators from the community contribute their current and historical knowledge of a particular sector or form
- Staff contribute and funding and thorough financial and organizational analysis of the applicant organization and their overall knowledge of the arts and culture sector
A call for nominations is made on an ongoing basis and qualified members of the arts and cultural community are invited to be part of the Assessment Committee.
Assessment Committees are often formed around the disciplines of dance, visual arts, new media, literary arts, museums, theatre, music, festivals, and special events.
Assessment Committee peer members receive copies of all eligible applications well in advance of the meetings and assess the application based on the specific assessment criteria.
- Have expertise in one of more of the following areas: theatre, dance, music, festivals visual arts, media arts, literary arts, Aboriginal, community arts, and administration
- Have a thorough understanding of the arts and cultural sector in Vancouver (either through practice or work experience), and have been active members of the Vancouver arts and cultural communities in recent years
- Be free of any situation that may suggest conflict of interest
Applicants who have prior experience serving on a jury or advisory committee will be viewed favourably.