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Critical Assistance Grant for Cultural Spaces

If your arts and cultural space is facing a critical situation as a result of a facility emergency or urgent life-safety issue, you could be eligible for a grant to help pay for costs associated with emergency repairs or safety upgrades.

The Critical Assistance Program is a grant stream of the Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program that can provide up to $25,000 towards repairs or upgrade costs in your non-profit cultural space.

Our goal is to ensure access to safe, legal, and fully functioning cultural spaces in Vancouver. Funding will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, until the annual $100,000 budget is spent

Current status Accepting applications

Contact us

Diane Blunt
Cultural Planner


Organizational eligibility

To be eligible for assistance, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a Vancouver-based non-profit society, co-operative, or charitable organization, with an active volunteer board of directors, having a clear arts and culture mandate, and have been operating for a minimum of one year
  • Your organization has sufficient financial and human resources to successfully complete the project
  • You own your space or have a minimum 10-year lease from the date of application

Project eligibility

Your organization may apply for this grant for:

  • Urgent, unforeseen facility situations resulting from the loss or failure of existing infrastructure or an urgent life safety requirement
  • Projects critical enough that it cannot wait until the next CIG intake; funds are required now
  • Potential major systems or structural failure, if the situation is not addressed immediately

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Water damage
  • Fire damage
  • Results of vandalism
  • Post-disaster emergency cleaning
  • Purchase of infrastructure or systems caused by failure, damage, or loss
  • Urgent life safety issues

How to apply

  1. Review the information guidelines (240 KB)

  2. Contact us to apply for critical assistance prior to beginning any work on your project:

  3. If your organization and project are eligible, you'll receive a link to either the pre-work or the post-work application form.
  4. Submit your application and any required documentation.

A maximum grant of $25,000 is available per recipient, up to a maximum of 50% of the project costs, subject to how much remains in this program's $100,000 annual budget.

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