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Public Art Community Grants

Is your organization interested in undertaking a community public art project?

As part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Boost PDF file (200 KB), funding for one-time community public art projects has been significantly expanded for the next two years. The expansion includes increasing the maximum grant available from $10,000 to $20,000.

This expands the eligibility criteria to include arts and cultural organizations that currently receive other grant funding from the City. It also increases the total funding budget to allow for an increase in funded projects.

Examples of past projects include:

These funds are available just once per year.

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

Current status Open
Applications available October 2016
Applications due December 7, 2016

Eligible applicants

  • Vancouver-based not-for-profit societies
  • Community service co-ops registered with BC Registry Service
  • Registered charities with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • First Nation Band Councils
  • In operation for at least six months before the application deadline

Eligible projects

One-time temporary or permanent public art projects that are publicly accessible and engage communities, such as:

  • Free-standing sculpture or other site interventions
  • Two-dimensional work (murals, mosaics)
  • Video and LED artworks (digital projections and lighting)
  • Artist-designed, exceptional site elements (pavement patterns, walls, gateways, place markers)
  • Unique functional art (benches, bus shelters, bike racks, light standards or other streetscape amenities)

Projects involving emerging artists and diverse cultures are encouraged.

Ineligible projects

  • Annual or recurring projects
  • Festivals, celebrations, parades, sporting events, demonstrations, marches, or rallies
  • Third party fundraising, commercially-oriented activities, or third-party advertising
  • Core artistic training and in-class activity
  • Projects and activity outside Vancouver city limits

How to apply

Note New for 2016! If your non-profit society has received, or is applying, for Project, Operating, Annual Assistance, or Community Arts grants, you are eligible to apply for this program. Your project must be new.

  1. Read the information guide PDF file (224 KB).

    The guide explains:

    • Grant objectives
    • Eligibility
    • Assessment criteria
    • Application process and timeline
    • Conditions of assistance
    • Confidentiality
    • Additional resources
  2. Contact Cultural Planner Marcia Belluce at 604-871-6875 or marcia.belluce@vancouver.ca to:
    • Discuss your organization and project's eligibility
    • Receive an application form
    • Receive valuable advice