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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

Debra Bodner
Cultural Planner

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