BMO Theatre Centre

Making space for arts and culture

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 Spaces Grant Program

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

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 (11 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

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

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