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Making space for arts and culture

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: provisions for cultural tenants of City-owned spaces

April 3, 2020: Current facility contracts remain in place, and rent and common area costs remain payable for all tenants in City spaces. If you have any questions about your lease, please contact the property negotiator assigned to your contract and copy to ensure we are also aware of any issues or concerns. We encourage you to seek assistance through the Government of Canada’s Economic Response Plan  and emergency financing through Business Development Bank of Canada .

We'll be reaching out directly to arts and culture tenants in City-owned spaces over the next week. In the meantime, please send any concerns, questions, or key space contact updates to

What you need to know

Our cultural spaces enable arts and cultural activities and practices that reflect our unique identities and diverse histories.

We work in partnership with the community to secure, enhance, and develop affordable and accessible spaces where artists and cultural workers can live, work, and share their work. 

Grants for cultural spaces

Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program

Provides support for arts and culture organizations to plan, buy, build, renovate, or expand cultural spaces.

Critical Assistance Grant

Helps pay for costs associated with repairs or upgrades for your arts and cultural space after an emergency.

Small grants for cultural spaces

Provides small grants for arts and culture space-related projects, planning, capacity-building and more.

Permit fee assistance for cultural spaces

Apply for up to $1,500 in funding for permit fees to build, renovate, or adapt the use of your non-profit cultural space.

Artist Studio Award Program

Provides Vancouver-based professional emerging artists with low-cost studios for up to three years.

Theatre Rental Grant Program

Provides a non-cash subsidy to cultural non-profits to assist with the costs of renting space at City theatre facilities.

Making Space for Arts and Culture report

Making Space for Arts and Culture (30 MB) lays out our long term vision to optimize City policies and tools to secure, enhance, and develop vibrant, affordable, and accessible arts and cultural spaces.

This report is integrated with Culture|Shift, Vancouver’s new comprehensive plan and vision for arts, culture, and creativity, and incorporates and informs the Vancouver Music Strategy.

Read the news release Vancouver amplifies support for arts and culture through new 10-year plan


Contact Cultural Services

Location address
Cultural Services
Woodward's Heritage Building
501 - 111 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Mailing address
Cultural Services
453 West 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

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