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Arts and culture grants

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  (102 KB)

See if your group is eligible for one of these grants

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Activation of Underutilized Vancouver Civic Theatres Spaces Grant

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

Artists in Communities program at Trout Lake Community Centre

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.

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Artist Studio Award Program

The Artist Studio Award Program provides Vancouver-based professional artists who have financial need with live-work or work-only artist studios that are low-cost or free for up to three years.

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Community Arts Grant Program

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

Creative City Grant Program

Creative City Strategic Grant Program

This one-time grant program will support projects that demonstrate and advance principles of reconciliation, equity and access, investment and visibility, capacity, or collaboration.

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Critical Assistance Grant

The Critical Assistance Grant helps pay for costs associated with emergency repairs or safety upgrades for your arts and cultural space after a facility emergency or urgent life-safety issue.

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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 Grants

Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program

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

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Grants for emerging artists

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

Apply for permit fee assistance for your cultural space construction and renovation permits

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, like a performance space or studio space, with our Permit Fee Assistance Program.

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Public Art Community Grants

Provides grants to support public art that celebrate and promote Vancouver's communities and neighbourhoods.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Vancouver's Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports community efforts to make creative improvements to public land. Find out about the criteria, eligibility, and application process.

Theatre Rental Grants

Theatre Rental Grant Program

Provides non-cash subsidy to cultural non-profits to assist with the costs of renting space and Vancouver Civic Theatres facilities.

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

Fax: 604-871-6005


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