Grant application and assessment process

To award grants under the Cultural Grants Program, the City uses a blended approach to assessment grant applications. Applications are assessed by:

  • Arts and cultural community peers, who are members of the Assessment Committee
  • A City staff Cultural Planner from Cultural Services

The blended approached ensures that:

  • Practicing artists and administrators from the community contribute their current and historical knowledge of a particular sector or form
  • Staff contribute and funding and thorough financial and organizational analysis of the applicant organization and their overall knowledge of the arts and culture sector

Assessment Committee

A call for nominations is made on an ongoing basis and qualified members of the arts and cultural community are invited to be part of the Assessment Committee.

Assessment Committees are often formed around the disciplines of dance, visual arts, new media, literary arts, museums, theatre, music, festivals, and special events.

Assessment Committee peer members receive copies of all eligible applications well in advance of the meetings and assess the application based on the specific assessment criteria.

Membership criteria

Members will:

  • Have expertise in one of more of the following areas: theatre, dance, music, festivals visual arts, media arts, literary arts, Indigenous, community arts, and administration
  • Have a thorough understanding of the arts and cultural sector in Vancouver (either through practice or work experience), and have been active members of the Vancouver arts and cultural communities in recent years
  • Be free of any situation that may suggest conflict of interest

Applicants who have prior experience serving on a jury or advisory committee will be viewed favourably.

Become a member of the Assessment Committee

Assessment Committee Nomination form

We need members of the arts and cultural community to contribute their expertise to our art and culture grant application process.

Nominate yourself or another qualified community member.

Download the nomination form to read about the applicant criteria and the committee's policies.


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