Community Arts Grant Program

Is your group planning a community-based art project or event? It may be eligible for funding for planning, running, or promoting that event or project.

These high-demand funds are available just once per year.

Review the information guides below and contact Cultural Services to discuss your group's eligibility and receive an application form.

Current status Closed
Applications available Late January 2020


You can apply for this grant if your organization is a:

  • Professional nonprofit society
  • Community service co-op legally registered with BC Registry Services
  • Registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Local First Nation Band Council

To receive funding, your organization must:

  • Be in operation for at least six months before the application deadline. Applicants without an arts and cultural mandate are eligible to apply.
  • Have an active presence and have programs and services delivered within Vancouver, or be led by either Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh Nation members and held in their unceded traditional homelands upon which Vancouver sits
  • Be accommodating, welcoming and open to people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities (including trans, gender diverse, two-spirit people), ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, and socio-economic conditions, in their policies, practices, and programs
  • Ensure that projects have other sources of revenue

Additional eligibility criteria apply. Read the information guide in the "How to apply" section below.

Eligible projects

Arts and cultural activities that engage communities, such as:

  • Events, festivals, celebrations, and major parades
  • Community arts projects
  • Artist residency within a neighbourhood or community
  • Small-scale public art projects

Ineligible projects

  • Projects where the central focus or theme is not artistic or cultural
  • Activity taking place before the application deadline
  • Non-Indigenous-led organizations and activity outside Vancouver city limits 
  • Sporting events
  • Core artistic training and in-class activity
  • Ongoing operations, deficit reduction or capital projects
  • Fundraising or commercially-oriented activity
  • Demonstrations, marches, rallies, award shows or competitions
  • Bursaries or scholarships

How to apply

  1. Read the Community Arts Grants information guide  (199 KB)

    This information guides have details about:

    • Program objectives
    • Grant amounts and activities
    • Eligible applicants and projects
    • Assessment process and criteria
    • Terms and conditions of assistance
    • Confidentiality 
    • Additional City Resources
    • Public Art Projects (details)
  2. Contact a cultural planner to discuss your eligibility, access the online application form, and benefit from valuable advice:

       Aliyah Amarshi

If your group and project are eligible, we'll email you a link to the online application form for you to complete.

What's happening

On September 11, 2019, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved Culture|Shift: Blanketing the City in Arts and Culture Vancouver Culture Plan 2020-2029.

Read the plan (23 MB)

Grant recipients

Grant recipients from previous years (391 KB)

View previous recipients of Vancouver's Community Arts Grants: who received grants, how much the grant was, and what the grant will be used for.

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