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
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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
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
Review the information guidelines PDF file (240 KB)
Contact us to apply for critical assistance prior to beginning any work on your project:
- If your organization and project are eligible, you'll receive a link to either the pre-work or the post-work application form.
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.