Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program recipients from previous years

The grants support investment in existing cultural facilities, planning and creation of new spaces, as well as the maintenance of some City owned facilities.

These grants are funded from the City’s capital budget and are intended to support enhancing facilities for the benefit of the entire arts community. They are not designed to provide operating budget support.

Major capital projects - up to $250,000

Organization Use Amount
Association of Book Publishers of BC To support purchase of a building to house the Vancouver Literary Arts Centre. $200,000
Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemp. Asian Art) To complete renovations for a new gallery and administration facility in Sun Wah Centre. $125,000
Children's Arts Umbrella Association To undertake architectural design, engineering, building code, and mechanical plans of re-purposed facility, in the former Emily Carr University south building. $100,000
Grunt gallery (Visible Arts Society) For Blue Cabin platform and small house construction. $115,000
Italian Cultural Centre Society For roof replacement on cultural wing. $75,000
Vancouver Chinatown Foundation for Community Revitalization To support renovation at 168 E Pender for permanent exhibition of Chinatown's pioneers. $100,000

Minor capital projects - up to $50,000

Organization Use Amount
Canadian Music Centre - BC To install A/V recording and livestream broadcast system and professional lighting to existing Murray Adaskin Salon. $20,000
Green Thumb Theatre for Young People (Green Thumb Players Society) To install systems for improved air and heat flow; install  AV equipment  address sound proofing. $12,000
Plastic Orchid Factory Society

To upgrade Left of Main's performance, security and green systems.

$40,000
Potters Guild To purchase and install a professional quality gas kiln. $14,300

Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO Media Arts Centre)

To undertake accessibility improvements; reception desk closure; studio walls; studio and microcinema sound dampening. $16,000
Vancouver Tap Dance Society To  upgrade lighting, flooring, and exit stairway. $17,000

Planning projects - up to $50,000

Organization Use Amount
221A Artist Run Centre Society To undertake feasibility study on the creation of an artist-governed, Vancouver-based Cultural Land Trust. $25,000
Aeriosa Dance Society To conduct a study on viable architecture and locations for vertical dance performances and training. $20,000
Arts in Action Society

To undertake the feasibility of a Community Land Trust for Indigenous artist housing.

$12,500
Ballet BC (Pacific Ballet BC Society) To undertake a fundraising feasibility study. $15,000
Bard on the Beach Theatre Society To undertake a feasibility study for a  permanent theatre facility. $30,000
CircusWest Performing Arts Society To undertake a business and operational plan, and facilities plan for an auxiliary training and performance space. $5,000
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society To undertake planning for renovations to Scotia Street production studio. $2,500
Eastside Culture Crawl Society To develop a comprehensive inventory of historical and existing artist studio space within the Eastside Culture Crawl area. $9,000
Historic Joy Kogawa House Society To undertake a study of community needs and demands, and develop an operational plan. $10,000
Hogan's Alley Society To undertake a functional program for new cultural centre. $20,000
Hungarian Cultural Society of Greater Vancouver To plan for the renovation and expansion of the stage area for accessiblity. $6,000
Museum of Vancouver (Vancouver Museum Society) To undertake a feasibility study for a cultural hub in Vanier Park. $13,000
Playwrights Theatre Centre To undertake a business and operational plan for current space. $15,000
Urban Ink Productions Society To undertake a feasibility study for an Indigenous Arts Centre. $10,000
Vancouver Intlernational Film Festival Society To support completion of Phase 2 (Architectural Design) of Atrium and Production Room revitalization project. $20,000
Vancouver Police Museum (Vancouver Police Historical Society) To undertake feasibility and functional program for current space. $9,500

An asterisk (*) means the society is located in a City-owned or -leased facility or property.

Major capital projects - $51,000 to $250,000

Organization Use Amount
BC Artscape Society To install mechanical distribution (HVAC) on the 4th floor of new Keefer space cultural hub. $200,000
Bill Reid Foundation (Bill Reid Gallery)* To undertake renovations to improve accessibility, re-locate offices, and increase the appeal of the Gallery as a special event venue. $200,000
Vancouver Academy of Music* To undertake renovations to Koerner Recital Hall (HRH) $125,000
Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society To install a permanent power kiosk in Jericho Park to service the power needs of VFMF, other festivals, and events. $80,000
Western Front Society To undertake replacement of the roof.  $70,000

Minor capital projects - up to $50,000

Organization Use Amount
Artspeak Gallery Society To undertake exhibition space renovations. $49,000
Croatian Cultural Centre To replace windows and skylights in the gallery space, and paint the room. $15,000
Gallery Gachet Society

To undertake electrical, plumbing, construction upgrades for new space on W. Hastings for exhibition, office and open studio purposes

$18,800
Kokoro Dance Theatre Society* To complete renovations to KW Studios. $35,000

Native Daughters of British Columbia, Post No.1

To replace the roof. $28,000
Science World To repair/remediate the concrete-filled steel marine piles supporting Science Word $50,000
Terminal City Glass Co-op To purchase a new glass furnace. $20,000
Vancouver Adapted Music Society To renovate a new space within GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre to create an expanded wheelchair-accessible music studio. $45,000
Vancouver East Cultural Centre* To upgrade and improve acoustics in the York Theatre. $17,500
Vancouver Japanese Language School To install sprung flooring for cultural or performance arts groups to use for rehearsal and performance use. $34,000
Vancouver Museum Society* To install custom blinds in multi-purpose room to serve multiple purposes and adapt to venue rental. $5,000
Vancouver Society for Early Music* To install custom blinds in multi-purpose room to serve multiple purposes and adapt to venue rental. $20,000
Vancouver Tap Dance Society To upgrade HVAC system and replace hardwood floors. $26,000

Planning projects - up to $50,000

Organization Use Amount
Ballet BC (Pacific Ballet BC Society) To undertake a needs assessment and site analysis study, provide a functional plan, costs and an analysis of proposed alternative sites $19,000
Boca Del Lupo Theatre Society To undertake a pre-planning and feasibility study for upgrades to The Fishbowl venue. $4,000
Craft Council of BC

To develop a sustainable business model for the running of a proposed new center.

$9,500
Firehall Theatre Society To undertake planning towards the refurbishment and development of the Firehall Arts Centre facility.  $17,500
Kwi Awt Stelmexw (KAS Cultural Society) To undertake a demand analysis towards a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Cultural centre. $13,000
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and Film Society To undertake a feasibility study outlining costs and availability of options for dedicated dance studio. $8,000
Pacific Theatre (First Pacific Theatre Society) To undertake a study to examine the feasibility of a shared space for Pacific Theatre, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Studio 58 (Langara) and smaller, independent companies. $20,000
Pink Ink (PI) Theatre Productions Association To determine the feasibility of a storefront theatre space thru needs assessment and programming study. $10,000
Pride in Art Society To undertake further planning towards a shared space in the Keefer St. Cultural Hub. $20,000
Realwheels Society To audit three theatres for accessibility using audit tool, explore feasibility of accessibility modifications, and to design a site solution for one test space. $14,000
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art  To undertake planning towards a new gallery facility in new Keefer St cultural hub. $20,000
Vancouver International Film Festival Society* To complete further planning towards Atrium and Production Room revitalization. $30,000
West Point Grey Community Centre Association To conduct phase two of the demand analysis study to explore options and needs for space and facilities in West Point Grey, including Aberthau Mansion.  $29,000

An asterisk (*) means the society is located in a City-owned or -leased facility or property.

Major capital projects - up to $150,000

Organization Use Amount
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Foundation To replace the 20-year old facility sound system in the Stanley Theatre to ensure an improved acoustical experience for audiences. $97,100
Bard on the Beach Theatre Soc. To upgrade elements of the infrastructure of Bard Village including the gate, lobby, concession, box office, boutique and walkways to improve access and accessibility. Part of the request is to purchase custom tent skins for the mainstage theatre. $132,000
Canadian Music Centre* - B.C. To transform their space to include a small 40-seat black-box/media theatre, box office, lobby, and office upgrades. $46,660
Or Gallery Soc. To purchase a residential studio space for visiting artists/curators-in-residence. $150,000
Plastic Orchid Factory Soc. To improve their new space to become a safe, shared, dance-suitable creation/administration space. $85,760
Science World (A.S.T.C.). To modernize and upgrade the 30 year old Centre Stage elevator that provides visitors with access to the second floor of the museum. $86,350

Minor capital projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Assn. Of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC) To enhance and ugrade their own functionality and to attract other arts and cultural groups to use their facility for rehearsals and performances. $16,960
Bill Reid Foundation* To undertake the first phase of renovations required to support an expanded exhibition and programs schedule, enhance public engagement, and facilitate a diversified revenue stream. Renovations include stage removal, carpet replacement, and folding wall refurbishment. $26,000
Children's Arts Umbrella Assn.

To replace the roof of its oldest building, the 1922 nail factory structure. The roof is leaking into dance and theatre classrooms and is a safety concern.

$10,000
Contemporary Art Gallery Soc.* To replace its security system to ensure safety and security for the public, visitors, participants, and staff, as well as the monitoring and protection of work on display. $20,000
Green Thumb Players Soc. (Green Thumb Theatre for Young People) To undertake minor capital improvements to increase safety and efficiency, and to protect the long term use of the building. $3,030
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (Assn. of Ngbd. Houses of Gr. Van.) To improve the acoustics of its theatre through the installation of sounds absorption panels. $10,880
Roedde House Preservation Soc.* To implement energy efficiency upgrades to the heritage building. $7,280
Van. Dance Foundation To upgrade the Faris Family Studio with specialized equipment will allow Aeriosa to practice their innovative dance in a safe and functional indoor space. $33,450

Planning projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Building Soc. To assess options and develop schematic plans for upgrades to sound separation and the lobby of the Granville Island Stage. $21,520
Native Daughters of B.C., Post No. 1 To develop a conservation plan for the building to prioritize preservation, rehabilitation and restoration, according to the greatest conservation urgency and heritage value. $7,870
Pride in Art Soc.*

To undertake a feasibility study as its first step in a long-term plan to secure a full-time, permanent presentation and office space.

$19,000
Van. Academy of Music To develop planning documents and drawings to renovate the 300-seat Koerner Recital Hall and Lobby. $28,210
Van. Adapted Music Soc. To engage an architectural firm to design the renovation of this new fully accessible music studio facility $19,760
Van. Independent Music Centre Soc. To research and develop capital and operating budgets for the centre including five-year operating models, possible financing tools, and assessment of financial risk. $20,000
Van. Intl. Film Festival Soc. To plan for the transformation of the Atrium and Concession area into a more flexible, multi-purpose, community-friendly space that will increase presentation, social engagement and revenue opportunities. $10,000
Van. Latin American Cultural Centre Soc To undertake the next phase of its planning process for a Latin American arts and cultural centre in Vancouver, which includes capital cost and operating budget estimates and a preliminary review/analysis of potential buildings/acquisitions. $15,310
Visible Arts Soc. (grunt gallery) To undertake feasibility work and business planning towards the rehabilitation and operations of the Blue Cabin for artist residency use. $18,550
West Point Grey Community Centre Assn.* To undertake a demand analysis study to ascertain whether its vision of making the Community Centre into a premier arts and culture destination for the local community fills a gap in the existing cultural facility ecology. $27,130

An asterisk (*) means the society is located in a City-owned or -leased facility or property.

Major capital projects - up to $150,000

Organization Use Amount
Beaumont Studios Artist Society To complete life-safety, functional, and accessibility upgrades to the original Society building. $65,000
Federation of Russian Canadians of BC (Russian Hall) To undertake Phase 1 of recommended critical and optional renovations to the property, and mechanical and electrical upgrades to the facility. $150,000
Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique Society To support the replacement of the old, worn, and damaged seating in the theatre. $61,010
St. James Community Square Society (SJCSS) To be put towards the purchase costs of St. James Community Square. $150,000

Minor capital projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
221A Artist Run Centre Society To undertake Phase 2 of renovations to complete interior finishing to a newly acquired multi-tenant artist studio. $25,000
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) To create a dedicated cultural activity room and cultural coordinator’s office in the lower level of their space. $12,500
Metropolitan Cooperative Theatre Society

To upgrade the lighting and heating system to a higher level of energy efficiency, and towards the replacement of the masking draperies for the stage.

$11,990
Society for Contemporary Works on Paper (SCWOP) To renovate shared headquarters and studio with New Leaf Editions to serve Vancouver’s printmaking community. $20,000
Vancouver Cooperative Radio (Co-op Radio) / Community Radio Education Society (CRES) To undertake upgrades to the broadcast and office space on the ground floor of the Sunrise Hotel. $31,800

Planning projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia To evaluate business plans and governance for the Hub with consideration to their not-for-profit and commercial mix. $12,000
Bill Reid Foundation To identify key renovations required to more effectively use its existing space. $6,000
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society

To examine scenarios for the relocation or possible renovation of the Cineworks space in response to potential changes coming to the shared space.

$11,000
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society of Vancouver To complete feasibility study to assess the viability of assuming stewardship of the adjoining Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park from the Vancouver Park Board. $10,000
Elektra Women’s Choir Society To undertake necessary planning for the redevelopment of church property in include a new activity centre to support community-based choral music while also serving as a replacement for an aging “church hall”. $35,000
First Pacific Theatre Society (Pacific Theatre) Having already completed a Functional Plan, also funded through this Grant Program, the Society was granted funding for a Relocation Plan to evaluate several buildings and sites in Vancouver to determine optimal venue options. $23,880
Plastic Orchid Factory Society (POFS) To undertake a complimentary business planning and partner identification project as part of the consideration to acquire a shared dance-suitable creation/production/office space in Vancouver. $10,000
Realwheels Society To identify the characteristics of fully accessible performance space and to create a planning tool to aid in auditing, retrofitting or designing accessible cultural facilities. $12,500
St. James Community Square Society To complete a capital campaign feasibility assessment and fundraising plan with the eventual goal of purchasing their facility from Trinity United Church. $25,000
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (VAFCS) To plan for the renovation of the frontage/façade of the Centre for reasons of safety, cultural appropriateness, and to better reflect the nature and quality of the services provided. $17,000
Vancouver Maritime Museum Society* To complete a Facilities Master Plan to guide future development at the Museum. $35,000

An asterisk (*) means the society is located in a City-owned or -leased facility or property.

Major capital projects - up to $150,000

Organization Use Amount
Artspeak Gallery Society To purchase an additional unit within their building to support the expansion of human resources, storage capacity, their publishing program, and library/archives space. $150,000
Beaumont Studios Artist Society To renovate an adjacent 12,000 square foot building on the site to include 18 - 20 additional studios and a 200 person live performance and rehearsal space. $95,000
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society To undertake extensive renovations to the interior of their administrative office at 295 West 7th Avenue, to render them more efficient and up-to-date. Renovations involve the creation of ten private offices plus an open plan area with modular workspace and a meeting room. $105,000
Kokoro Dance Society To renovate over 7,000 square feet of their recently-awarded Woodward’s space for office, studio, and rehearsal space. As lead tenant, Kokoro will operate the space through a shared/collaborative model with Vancouver International Dance Festival Society, Vancouver Moving Theatre Society, and Raven Spirit Dance Society as subtenants. $145,000
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Society To install a larger, longer, and higher set of bleachers, with improved seats, at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, increasing the seating capacity to 200, improving comfort and sightlines for audiences, and improving access to the catwalk area by the technical team. $75,000
Vancouver Dance Foundation To upgrade the entrance to the Scotiabank Dance Centre to allow for disability access, and to rewire the facility for introduction of LED lighting fixtures throughout the 32,000 square foot facility. Both projects also contribute towards environmental sustainability through increased energy conservation. $50,280
VIVO Media Arts Centre (Satellite Video Exchange Society)* To undertake capital improvements to their new location at 2625 Kaslo Street including accessibility, a workspace/kitchen, and archival storage for their media collection $62,260

Minor capital projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
221A Artist Run Centre Society To create a new outdoor public art site at 271 Union Street. $20,000
Community Lab Society To purchase and install welding fume extraction and dust extraction units, and air filtration systems key to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for artist members, visitors, and neighbours. $20,520
Federation of Russian Canadians of British Columbia

To complete washroom upgrades as per the recommendations identified in the feasibility study.

$26,000
Italian Cultural Centre Society To undertake multiple improvements to infrastructure and equipment. $4,000
Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver To soundproof three rooms to the professional standards of music learning studios by installing acoustic panels and sound-absorbing carpeting. $5,500
Native Daughters Post #1 (Old Hastings Mill Store Museum) To replace the 50 year old furnace and ductwork with a high efficiency HVAC system. $6,750
Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique* To replace the 30 year old carpeting in the office space and public theatre. $7,660
Playwrights Theatre Centre To improve the flooring, electrical systems, insulation, washroom, and lighting for its new 4000 square foot facility currently housing six cultural organizations and short term studio users. $34,900
Renegade Arts Society To renovate its theatre rehearsal and production studios. $20,000
Terminal City Glass Co-op To create and install a neon sign to identify their space to the community; replacement of a malfunctioning garage door that accesses the studio space; and the resurfacing of their aged concrete floor $11,740
Vancouver Access Artist Run Centre To install directional track lighting and more electrical outlets, wiring for future outdoor signage, façade painting, and entrance accessibility improvements. $1,800
Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A) To undertake electrical and plumbing upgrades to their new space to ensure code compliance and adequate program facilitation. $8,340
Vancouver Fringe Festival (First Vancouver Theatrespace Society) To renovate an available office space on the ground floor of Festival House on Granville Island where they currently reside, to provide a multi-purpose space to be used as a volunteer centre and box office, year-round meeting and rehearsal space for the Fringe and independent theatre companies and festivals. $19,000
Vancouver International Film Festival Society To repair or replace the centre’s existing LED external promotional marquee sign. $5,000
Visible Arts Society (grunt gallery) To upgrade their self-owned strata unit by installing a new HVAC system, custom video presentation blinds, new gallery lighting, and built-in storage units. $14,640

Planning projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia To undertake a more thorough analysis of organisations not identified in the first report, review elements in regards to non-administrative space, and to consider new geographic locations in relation to new potential partners, as well as to research other literary arts centre models, and outline next steps. $8,210
Federation of Russian Canadians of British Columbia To complete the design work required for the identified critical upgrades. $26,000
Hard Rubber New Music Society

To conduct a comprehensive acoustics study and develop performance-based specifications to help direct the design of the centre to achieve maximum performance capabilities and excellent acoustics and make recommendations for adjunct spaces in the proposed facility.

$35,000
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Society To investigate the feasibility of audiences entering the facility’s performance centre through the highly visible glass-walled Engine Pavilion on the north side of the building at the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard. $12,000
Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre Society To undertake a study to determine the feasibility and parameters of creating a space to celebrate and share Latin American arts and culture in Vancouver. $16,000

An asterisk (*) means the society is located in a City-owned or -leased facility or property.

Major capital projects - up to $150,000

Organization Use Amount
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Building Society To replace the roof and the HVAC system of their Production Studio at their Granville Island location. $68,880
Bard on the Beach Theatre Society * To replace Bard’s secondary stage tent and its attendant flooring and seating as the final phase of a five-year facilities upgrading project. $95,000
Britannia Community Services Centre Society * To help construct a purpose-built multi-use carving pavilion, adjacent to Britannia Community Centre, to promote cultural awareness of the heritage that the First Peoples offer in their traditional practices. $85,500
Contemporary Art Gallery Society * To re-purpose an under-used storage space into an events room for community engagement, workshops and other programs. $47,500
Chinese Cultural Centre of Vancouver * To replace the roof on the north and northwest section of David Lam Multi-Purpose Hall, and to install two operable partitions in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Museum. $63,210
Electric Company Theatre Society (Progress Lab 1422) To help “green” the building, increase fire safety, and improve functionality. $47,500
Italian Cultural Centre To help improve infrastructure and equipment in order to increase the Centre’s functionality for cultural programming in various areas. $21,780
Jewish Community Centre Society (JCC) To augment the Wosk Auditorium’s multi-functional potential to a higher quality of artistic and cultural presentation by installing and upgrading audio/visual and lighting equipment, along with enhancing storage capacity under the stage. $80,280
Malaspina Printmakers Society To help reorganize and renovate the space, in order to improve functionality, allow more public engagement activities, and improve ventilation for artists. $95,000

Minor capital projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Alliance for Arts and Culture * To upgrade and improve the lighting and sound-insulation in two public meeting rooms as well as painting the facility’s interior walls. $15,000
Craft Council of BC To assist with exterior and interior renovations to the Craft Council’s Granville Island facility, intended to increase the profile of the public face of the facility and expand the interior gallery space. $20,030
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society of Vancouver *

To implement phase one of a four-phased approach to address deficiencies in the Hall of One Hundred Rivers including soundproofing improvements and upgrades to the functionality of the adjacent kitchen.

$19,820
Federation of Canadian Artists To replace the broken heating system of their Granville Island Facility. $5,740
Firehall Theatre Society * To undertake remedial renovations to the theatre’s dressing room, public amenity areas, a storage area and exterior lights leading to an increase in the health and safety of users and improve functionality. $17,500
Historic Joy Kogawa House Society To assist with the purchase of the mortgage currently held by the The Land Conservancy, thus transferring ownership of the Historic House to the HJKH Society. $34,500
Société Maison de la Francophonie de Vancouver To upgrade the Studio 16 facility by replacing/upgrading the current linoleum floor and replacing the seating risers.  $14,000
Unit / Pitt Gallery To assist with the upgrading of a new creative space at 236 East Pender, improving its suitability and safety as an incubator facility housing a gallery, studios and organizational offices. $35,000
Vancouver Cantata Society * To remove the carpeting on the main floor and replace it with soundproofed hardwood floors. $15,000
Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A) To replace the retail lighting system currently in place with lighting more suitable to a professional art gallery.  $3,470
Vancouver Community Laboratory (CoLab) To upgrade electrical, safety and security, recycling and storage systems in their building to improve functionality, sustainability and safety. $20,690
Vancouver Westside Theatre Society (Norman Rothstein Theatre) To improve accessibility to the dressing rooms and upgrade the Theatre’s audio and lighting systems.  $20,130

Planning projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society * To undertake a functional planning process to guide next steps for the organization as it evaluates its space needs. $9,400
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society * To conduct a cultural infrastructure feasibility plan in order to assess current cultural infrastructure assets and future needs of the Renfrew-Collingwood community, to help guide future development in the neighbourhood with regards to cultural facilities. $14,200
Craft Council of BC

To develop a functional program/building plan to determine the space needs for a proposed satellite craft gallery with studio and community spaces.

$10,050
Eastside Culture Crawl Society  To support a governance and operational capacity assessment to determine the Society’s ability to undertake the development of a non-profit owned/operated multi-artist studio space in East Vancouver.  $8,000
First Nations Performance Society (Full Circle) To undertake a demand analysis and feasibility study for an Aboriginal performing arts and resource centre. $5,000
Hard Rubber New Music Society To undertake a fundraising and financing plan towards the delivery of a dedicated music centre for world, jazz, fork and chamber music. $34,200
PAL Vancouver (PAL) To support an architectural study upgrades that will include enhancements to improve the experience of theatre patron, including better exterior signage and lighting, better access to the theatre and an expanded exterior terrace. $7,450
Plastic Orchid Factory Society (POFS) To undertake a facility planning needs assessment and feasibility study towards the acquisition of a shared dance-suitable creation/production/office space in Vancouver. $12,200
PuSH International Performing Arts Festival Society To support a planning study to assess opportunities for co-locating four complementary organizations within a single facility in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood. $15,000
Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO) To engage an architect and a project manager to undertake studies that would make purchase of a space possible, including functional planning, building search and design work $21,200
Vancouver Japanese Language School To evaluate the Japanese Hall in order to create a prioritized plan and cost estimates for improvements to the sound and lighting systems and acoustic environment in order to make the hall more suitable as a performance venue in the DTES, while maintaining flexibility as a multi-use space. $3,370
Vancouver Museum Society (Museum of Vancouver) * To undertake Phase 2 of a relocation plan which will evaluate various buildings and sites in Vancouver to determine an optimal setting for relocation, using the completed Functional Program Plan as a guide. $34,400

Get details on how the grants were awarded

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Major capital projects - up to $150,000

Organization Use Amount
Carousel Theatre Society Facility improvements including adding a third rehearsal hall, and expanding the costume workshop area. $150,000
Green Thumb Players Society Site improvements to finish converting two heritage buildings into accessible dual rehearsal halls, green room and administration offices. $75,000
St. Andrew's Wesley United Church Facility improvements including improving lighting, adding washrooms and storage, and acoustically treating stained-glass windows and some walls. $150,000
Vancouver Opera Association Renovations including installing an elevator, upgrading rehearsal spaces, and adding storage. $150,000
Vancouver Tap Dance Society Life-safety and emergency upgrades to their building. $28,500
WISE Social and Athletic Club Facility improvements including upgrading the roofing, electrical system, cold storage, and bar. $71,050

Minor capital projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Carnegie Community Centre Association Improvements to the theatre and sound room. $7,900
Sunset Community Centre Association Upgrade Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre with a professional-standard, sprung dance floor. $15,580
Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) Refurbish seating. $7,810
Western Front Society Install a marquee /canopy over the building's front entrance. $14,740

Planning projects - up to $35,000

Organization Use Amount
Art Space Action Society Preparing a development / business proposal to convert an existing building into artist studios, and creating an operating business plan for a possible second, separate space. $25,930
Association of Book Publishers of BC Feasibility and needs assessment (with Arsenal Pulp Press and The Tyee) for a proposed literary centre. $9,500
Children's Arts Umbrella Association

Feasibility study that assesses the ability to raise the funds necessary for an expansion or relocation within Vancouver.

$23,000
Circus West Performing Arts Society Feasibility study that assesses the abilities and needs to operate a capital project campaign to refurbish the Garden Auditorium and PNE / Hastings Park spaces. $17,000
Contemporary Art Gallery Feasibility study and plan to repurpose storage space into an events room. $6,200
Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts Society Feasibility study for an arts material recycling and workshop centre in the DTES. $3,000
First Vancouver Theatrespace Society Assessing current facility needs, the potential addition of a rehearsal / performance space, and the potential for co-locating with a similar arts organization. $10,500
Kokoro Dance Theatre Society Feasibility study for integrating all of the group's activities in one location. $9,250
Marpole Museum and Historical Society Planing for the construction of a new presentation space. $3,120
Playwrights Theatre Centre Assessing potential partnerships, creating a financial plan, and arranging a building search and preliminary designs for a new space. $7,530
PuSH International Performing Arts Festival Society Assessing (with partner Touchstone Theatre) co-locating four complementary organizations in a single facility. $15,000
Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance Planning study (including needs assessment and feasibility study) for permanent exhibit space and temporary exhibit and collection spaces. $30,710
Vancouver Maritime Museum Society Building Program Plan for the physical framework for the Society's activities at the current site. $35,000

Get details on how the grants were awarded

Download the Council report on the 2012 grant allocations  (430 KB)

Organization Use Amount
221A Artist Run Centre Society To undertake building upgrades to improve facility infrastructure and amenities, including heating and ventilation, lighting and bathrooms, kitchen and entryway. $35,000
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Building Society To assist in funding seating replacement for the 470-seat Granville Island Stage. $136,000
Artspeak Gallery Society To conduct a feasibility study and to develop a business plan for the expansion of their facility. $20,000
Australia New Zealand Association The project includes structural and cosmetic upgrades, flooring upgrades, HVAC, lighting, insulation and drainage. $120,000
Carnegie Community Centre Association To hire a consultant to evaluate the theatre and sound room facilities and propose a prioritized plan and cost estimates for improvements. $2,300
Carousel Theatre Society (Capital) To implement upgrades to their Granville Island studios, including upgrades to lighting, flooring, and acoustics, as well as the repurposing of ancillary support spaces to enhance community use. $11,500
Carousel Theatre Society (Planning) To engage a consultant to explore the feasibility of undertaking improvements to the current layout of the facility including the addition of a third rehearsal hall and a possible expansion of the costume workshop area. $11,500
Children’s Arts Umbrella Association To undertake a due diligence “reality check” phase to ensure that public demand exists and that all resources are in place before beginning the implementation phase of expansion/re-location. $10,000
Chinese Cultural Centre of Vancouver To replace the roof on the Centre and implement additional infrastructure upgrades to the David Lam Multipurpose Hall and support spaces, including plumbing and washroom upgrades and painting. $76,000
Contemporary Art Gallery Society To implement Phase 1 of a three-phase renovation plan to make physical improvements to the front reception area that also includes a bookstore. $8,100
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society of Vancouver To hire a consultant to address the Hall of One Hundred Rivers’ current deficiencies, provide an analysis of current functionality, and identify options and costs to maximize the Hall’s potential. $9,000
Eastside Culture Crawl Society To conduct an assessment of the fundraising and capital campaign needs for a non-profit owned/operated artist studio space while investigating potential partnerships suitable to a multi-partner development. $17,500
Electra Women’s Choir To support the planning of improvements to the sanctuary space including structural assessment, lighting, HVAC, and electrical system upgrades. $35,000
Electric Company Theatre Society To explore the feasibility of various scenarios for transferring facility management to a new cultural property management company (created by the theatre collective) that could also operate with a wider mandate to develop and manage creative spaces in Vancouver. $10,000
Great Northern Way Scene Shop and Arts Factory To support the renovation of a 12,000 square foot mid-century warehouse, add a mezzanine and ultimately create a 19,000 square foot arts incubator facility. $150,000
Green Thumb Theatre for Young People To convert two heritage buildings on the Sir Guy Carleton School site into accessible dual rehearsal halls, green room and administration offices. $150,000
Hard Rubber New Music Society To continue with the next phase of a project to investigate the demand for a dedicated music centre in Vancouver for world, jazz, folk and chamber music. This phase includes a Feasibility Study, Building Program and Operational Plan. $10,000
Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver To renovate several spaces in the building and adapt them to professional requirements for dance, including provision of additional rehearsal spaces for professional actors and dancers involved with the Chutzpah! Festival and the Musical Theatre Program Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! $33,000
Norman Rothstein Theatre To improve the functionality of the theatre and address identified safety concerns. $10,400
Pacific Theatre To enhance patron experience and professionalize the theatre by improving functionality, visibility, access and appeal through improvements to the lobby space (shared with the South Granville Senior Centre) and external entrance. $33,800
Playwrights Theatre Centre For a Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study to assess the viability of a new facility as a home base for playwrights and play development. $7,100
Roedde House Preservation Society To create a Heritage Conservation Plan to guide the long term maintenance and preservation of the City’s “house” museum. $10,500
Societe Maison de la Francophonie de Vancouver To utilize recommendations from a 2008-09 feasibility study, to review the organization’s real estate holdings, and establish long-term planning objectives with an eye to finding a new site or re-developing the current site. $13, 800
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre To re-organize and expand the current kitchen and lounge space to allow for greater use and participation by elders, and between elders and youth. $10,000
Vancouver Concert Hall and Theatre Society For an updated market demand analysis for a proposed 450 seat multipurpose theatre. $22,500 (from Coal Harbour Arts Complex Reserve)
Vancouver Maritime Museum Society To develop plans for the renovation and relocation of its entrance to improve the visitor experience and enhance spaces that generate earned revenues such as the gift shop and venue rentals. $16,900
Vancouver Museum Society To articulate a clear vision of what the Museum would look like if it is moved to an optimal location in the city and to define the criteria that would guide site selection. $35,000
Vancouver Opera Association To install sound proofing to the rehearsal hall, community meeting room and coaching room, and upgrade the HVAC system. $150,000
Vancouver Tap Dance Society To develop a planning document that will guide the organization through much needed upgrades and renovations to the building to ensure its safety and functionality into the future. $7,400
Western Front Society To complete technical upgrades to the Grand Luxe Hall, a 120-seat space that is used for performances, recordings, screenings, artist talks, symposia and meetings. $49,700
Organization Use Amount
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Society – Granville Island Stage For replacement of old HVAC system to improve air quality and temperature to theatre seating area, backstage, rehearsal hall and balance of the Granville Island facility. $60,000
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Foundation – Stanley Theatre To replace the carpet in the lobby, on the staircases and seating area of the Stanley Theatre and to clean and paint the façade of the theatre. $22,000
Artspeak Gallery Society To hire a Commercial Real Estate Analyst to determine the real estate options available to the organization is the first step to achieving the goal of securing a larger facilty to meet current and future programming and staff needs. $1,000
Bard on the Beach Theatre Society For the replacement of two performance tents and infrastructure improvements to Vanier Park. $150,000
CircusWest Performing Arts Society A feasibility study to determine the organization’s unique current and future space needs and evaluate the long-term viability of its current location, the Garden Auditorium at the PNE. $23,600
Eastside Culture Crawl Society A feasibility study to identify the needs and demand for artist studio space in Vancouver, explore potential governance and operational models for such a facility, consider site development options, and establish preliminary capital and operating costs. $14,000
Electric Company Theatre Society The collective that includes Boca del Lupo, Neworld Theatre and Rumble Productions will undertake the remaining renovations to their facility to achieve standards required for public assembly events and rentals. $84,000
Federation of Russian Canadians of B.C. For a feasibility study to undertake the renovation and strategic renewal of the Russian Hall in Strathcona. $23,000
Green Thumb Theatre To explore the feasibility of a capital campaign to facilitate the development of a permanent creation and administration home which will further the growth and sustainability of their organization. $19,000
grunt gallery (Visible Arts Society For renovation of back areas into a New Media Lab for the development and presentation of new media artworks and other programming. $52,600
Hard Rubber New Music Society For a needs assessment study for a music centre for world, jazz, folk and chamber music accessible to independent music presenters, artists, ensembles and diverse audiences. $5,000
Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver– Dena Wosk Facilities To renovate several spaces and adapt them to professional requirements of dance, art, and music studios. $20,000
Museum of Vancouver (Vancouver Museum Society) To undertake a planning study to determine design solutions for the lobby and revenue generating areas of the facility. $21,500
Norman Rothstein Theatre (Vancouver Westside Theatre Society) This project will upgrade electrical, rigging and lighting infrastructure, and create a concession in the lobby of the facility to enhance production values and better serve NRT’s clients. $7,900
Or Gallery Society Funding will contribute towards purchase of an apartment/studio to be used for artist residencies, visiting artists and curators, and as an auxiliary programming space. $100,000
Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique For a feasibility study to determine the viability of renovating and expanding the existing space, providing guidance for design, construction and cost of the expansion. $19,000
Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) For continued development and retrofitting, including the installation of motorized collapsible seating and risers; improvements to sound and lighting; security upgrades; and a new awning and marquee to improve entry protection and visibility. $44,500
Sarah McLachlan Foundation Funding supports the development of new 16,000 sf programming space provided at no cost by the Wolverton Foundation. $100,000
Science World (A.S.C. Arts and Sciences Centre Society) As part of a larger building renovation, funding is to support a new information desk in the lobby, flooring in the new West Wing Gallery, sound proofing upgrades to the Science Theatre, and a new humidifier in the Omnimax projection room. $60,000
Theatre Under the Stars Musical Society In partnership with the Vancouver Park Board, funding supports an extensive renovation of Malkin Bowl, including ‘winterizing’ the space to expand potential use of the theatre. $100,000
TLC The Land Conservancy (Joy Kogawa House) To renovate the main front living area of the house for the safety and benefit of users. $25,000
Vancouver Access Artist-Run Centre (Access Gallery) To upgrade and seal the existing concrete floor in the second phase of the renovation to their new gallery space. $4,900
Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A) To conduct a planning exercise to develop a functional program that helps the organization move forward toward their long-term vision of an appropriate and stable location. $6,000
Vancouver Dance Foundation For support towards the purchase and installation of an HVAC compressor and improvements related to the security and monitoring systems for the building. $14,500
Vancouver Taiko Society For a study to review options for shared rehearsal, workshop, drum-making, storage and production space for five local taiko groups. $7,500
Western Front Society For fire safety system upgrades for the entire building. $15,000

Organization Use Amount
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Society Phase 2 renovation to Granville Island Theatre $140,000
Bill Reid Foundation Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrade $136,000
Children's Arts Umbrella Association Feasibility study to assess facility development options $21,000
Electric Company Theatre Society / Boca del Lupo Theatre Society / Neworld Theatre Society / Rumble Productions Society Phase 2 renovation of new collaborative arts hub $50,000
Firehall Theatre Society / Vancouver Police Historical Society Feasibility study to explore capital renovation / remedial partnership $25,000
Gallery Gachet Society Feasibility study to assess collaborative partnership opportunities for co-location $3,000
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Society Development of a Master Facility Plan $20,000
Mascall Dance Society Renovation to create storage space $3,000
Native Daughters of B.C., Post No. 1 Electrical and lighting upgrades $11,000
Safe Amplification Site Society Feasibility study to determine organization readiness to create permanent venue $2,500
Science World (A.S.C. Arts and Sciences Centre Society) Renovation of the Centre Stage $5,500
Vancouver Co-operative Radio (Community Radio Education Society) Feasibility study to determine priorities and criteria for possible new location $10,000
Vancouver East Cultural Centre / Great Northern Way Scene Shop Feasibility study for needs assessment of Great Northern Way Scene Shop $8,000
Vancouver TheatreSports League Building upgrades and renovation of new space $65,000