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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
604-829-9307
diane.blunt
@vancouver.ca

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 diane.blunt@vancouver.ca 

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

culture@vancouver.ca

cultural.spaces@vancouver.ca