VIVA Vancouver: Call for pop-up activations

Apply for up to $5,000 to fund a pop-up project to activate and reimagine a public space.

We’re looking for creative ways to activate public spaces, get people outside, foster social connections, build community, and make the city more fun and inclusive.

Projects could be a single event, recurring pop-up activations, or a seasonal installation. 

We want to learn from each activation. We’ll be asking successful applicants to share lessons learned and potential next steps for the ideas and spaces tested, as well as any other observations to encourage more and better public life.

What we're looking for

Projects should be:

  • Interesting, fun, and engaging
  • Welcoming and inclusive
  • Easy to pop-up and take down
  • Deliverable within the budget and timeframe
​Projects go live between July and December 2018.



We’re focusing on activating projects at:

  • Robson Square (800 Robson and Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
  • Arbutus Greenway (four locations)
  • Helena Gutteridge Plaza

Other locations, such as an existing plaza, sidewalk, parking space, street, or laneway, may be considered. We reserve the right to suggest alternate locations where the proponent’s location(s) are not feasible.

Roles and responsibilities


  • Plan and carry out the project, including permits and insurance, and handling all logistics, such as set-up and take-down, equipment rental, construction, moving, and storage
  • Promote the project, ensure it is welcoming and inclusive, and help with on-site engagement, if requested


  • Help with permitting and other City processes
  • May shape your project to ensure its success (for example, we may suggest alternate locations)
  • Promote your project
  • Work with you to uncover potential lessons learned and next steps for the idea or location tested


All are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to groups with proven experience enlivening public space.

Complete your application by 5pm on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Apply now

Pop-up activation application