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Arts and culture grants

COVID-19 update: Cultural Impact Critical Assistance grants

September 22, 2020: The COVID-19 Cultural Impact Critical Assistance (CICA) grants provide one-time funding to assist Vancouver based non-profit arts and cultural organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Learn about eligibility and how to apply​​​​​​​

Every year, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board award over $11 million to non-profit arts, cultural organizations and artists through a variety of grant programs.

We appreciate the value that the arts brings to the lives of our citizens and the life of our city. As Vancouver author and artist Douglas Coupland puts it, "A city without strong, consistent arts funding is basically a parking lot."

View a list of grant programs

Grant programs  (448 KB)

See if your group is eligible for one of these grants

Artists in Communities program

The Artists in Communities program supports artists working with communities on issues of joint interest or concern using principles of community cultural development. Check out our annual call for artist applications.

Artist Studio Award Program

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

Community Arts Grant Program

Grants that support arts or cultural activities that celebrate and promote Vancouver's communities and neighbourhoods.

Critical Assistance Grant

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

Cultural Grants Program

Helps fund non-profit arts and culture organizations to present a wide range of artistic and cultural activities in support of a diverse and thriving cultural community. The program includes Project Grants, Operating Grants, and Annual Assistance Grants.

Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program

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

Grants for emerging artists

Creative Spark Vancouver provides small grants to emerging artists to engage young people in arts-based projects. Find out 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.

Learning and Sharing Grant Program

Helps fund non-profit arts and cultural organizations to deliver learning opportunities that will strengthen skills, knowledge, and experience.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Vancouver's Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports community efforts to make creative improvements to public land.

Small grants for cultural spaces

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

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.

Untitled: Public Art Grants

Invitation to professional not-for-profit arts and culture organizations and local First Nations Band Councils to apply for public art projects.

Vancouver Civic Theatres Grant

Apply for funding to reduce the cost to rent spaces like the Annex, Orpheum lobby, Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza, and more.

Fundraising and marketing resources

Other funding programs

Find additional funding programs for your arts and culture organization from banks, governments, and organizations.

Advertising for arts and culture non-profit groups

Find out how your arts and culture organization can advertise in transit shelters or on a video billboard.

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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