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Critical Assistance Grant for Cultural Spaces

COVID-19 update: Cultural Impact Critical Assistance grants

September 22, 2020: The COVID-19 Cultural Impact Critical Assistance (CICA) grants provide one-time funding to assist Vancouver based non-profit arts and cultural organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Learn about eligibility and how to apply​​​​​​​

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.

Current status Accepting applications

Contact us

Diane Blunt
Cultural Planner

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

Refer to the COVID-19 Cultural Impact Critical Assistance grants page

Contact us to apply for critical assistance prior to beginning any work on your project at 

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