Over $700,000 to boost cultural organizations across Vancouver

Council unanimously approves 2018 Cultural Grants

Arts and culture grants
November 13 2018 –

Nearly 50 local organizations will receive funding following the approval of the 2018 Cultural Grants by Council today.

From dance and theatre, to arts and photography groups, each of the grant recipients aligns with the priorities of the Creative City Strategy, with $130,000 going towards organizations that support Indigenous-led projects.

Grant allocations

Organizations and groups were selected as part of the new Creative City Strategy grants process, which assesses potential recipients using an equity lens.

The grant allocations also reflect the community needs expressed through the Making Space for Arts and Culture plan, which was approved during the summer.

"Every organization receiving funding positively impacts the communities they serve, from supporting the principles of reconciliation to increasing equity and access," said Branislav Henselmann, Managing Director of Cultural Services.

"The grants approved by Council today will support groups and individuals underrepresented in the City's current funding programs."

Rungh Cultural Society

Rungh Cultural Society is thrilled to receive a Creative City Strategic grant.

This equity seeking grants assessment process which centres traditionally marginalized voices is not only timely, but overdue. In partnership with the Doxa Film Festival, Rungh plans to activate cultural work centered in intersected communities whose histories are being lost.

The Creative City Strategy shows strong promise to catalyze necessary changes to the City's support for arts and culture," said Zool Suleman, Executive Director of Rungh Cultural Society.

Savage Productions Society

Another grant recipient is Savage Productions Society, which is producing O'wet - a new play by Musqueam artist Quelemia Sparrow, with animation work by Indigenous filmmaker Amanda Strong.

"It's important for the City to support new, original work that reflects a strong commitment to reconciliation with an all-Indigenous creative and production team," said Quelemia Sparrow.

"Specifically, this collaborative work reclaims the ways of knowing Xway Xway (Stanley Park) through the visceral experience of a spiritual canoe journey and helps restore local Indigenous visibility on the land that has been our home since time immemorial."

Grant funding

The funding for the grants approved today comes from three sources:

  • 2018 Cultural Grants Operating budget
  • 2018 Innovation Funds (150+) Operating budget
  • 2018 Capital budget - Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Read the full list of grant recipients  (896 KB)