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Grants to British Columbia, Canada Arts, Cultural &
Heritage Non-Profits to Support General Operations

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North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission

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02/02/15 12:00 PM


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Grants to British Columbia, Canada non-profit arts, cultural and heritage organizations serving North Vancouver residents to support annual operating activities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss organizational eligibility with program staff prior to applying.

The program focuses on and supports:
-Groups that demonstrate a clear mission, mandate and artistic vision;
-Groups that create and present work produced primarily by local artists/performers/artisans;
-Groups that operate year-round in a fiscally responsible manner with a sound governance model;
-Groups that demonstrate leadership, innovation and collaboration in their artistic and community engagement practices;
-Groups that provide opportunities for creative sector development that include employment to artists and creative sector workers.

Generally speaking, very few operating grants are awarded that are greater than 30% of the annual operating budget.

Eligible uses of operating grant funds include, but are not exclusively restricted to:
-Fees and related expenses for Artists, Musicians, Programming Staff, Cultural Workers;
-Volunteer expenses (recruiting, training, support etc.);
-Production expenses (installation of artwork, equipment rental, costumes, sound, lights;
-Marketing, community outreach and promotional expenses;
-Operating overheads: insurance coverage; rent; etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148992

Term of Contract:

Grants are provided to support operating and programming activities that take place in the 2015 fiscal year. For organizations where the operating year does not follow the calendar year, grants are to be applied to the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must meet the following requirements:
-A legally incorporated non-profit society;
-In existence for at least two years at the time of submission of the application;
-Has previously received a municipal operating grant (OCA or AAGP); OR
-Within the last two years, has received municipal project or special event grant; OR
-Has been assessed for eligibility by NVRC staff.
-Applicant groups will be based in North Vancouver or on the North Shore, and will provide arts and cultural programming that directly benefits North Vancouver residents.

In addition, it is expected that all eligible Operating Grant clients:
-Operate year-round in a fiscally responsible manner and has a sound governance model;
-Demonstrate a clear mission, mandate, and artistic vision;
-Create, produce or present work primarily with and/or by local artists/performers/artisans (amateur and/or professional). Activities may include some artists who are not North Shore residents;
-Are directed by recognized arts/cultural/heritage professional practitioners or experienced volunteers;
-Have a clear strategic plan, including plans for growth, sustainability and audience/member development.

Not Eligible:
-Organizations that do not serve North Vancouver directly;
-Activities that are produced and organized by individuals, individual artists or by private or for-profit commercial enterprises;
-Activities that are organized as fundraisers, benefits, or that contribute to endowments;
-Activities that support / provide pass-through funding to other activities or groups (“third-party granting”);
-Showcases or recitals for “schools” / organizations with an educational mandate;
-Activities organized by political parties, or produced as platforms for politically partisan activity;
-Activities that are overtly religious in nature, or serve as platforms to promote religious doctrine;
-School fairs, bazaars, church fetes, “open house” celebrations;
-Competitions and award ceremonies;
-Sports and recreation activities and/or events.

Ineligible Use of Funds
-Deficit reduction (organizations that forecast a deficit budget are NOT eligible for support).
-Capital expenditures (e.g. construction, property renovations, equipment purchase, software).

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to submitting a grant request, please contact staff to discuss your organizational eligibility. Please contact please contact Barb McLean, Cultural Development Officer, to set up an appointment.


-Client groups who anticipate submitting multiple applications in the same calendar year should discuss this option with the NVRC Program Officer prior to applying.

-Eligible groups may submit up to a maximum of TWO grant applications within the same calendar year.

-Established Operating Grant Clients are eligible to apply for ONE Project Grant within the calendar year they receive operating funding.

-All grants are reviewed on a yearly basis and are not to be viewed by applicants as an on-going source of funding.

-It is expected that applicants will combine the operating grant support they receive with other sources of revenue and financial investment (grants, sponsorships, donations, earned revenues) as well as in-kind support and contributions.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Barb McLean, Cultural Services Officer

North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission
Suite 315 - 1277 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 0A2

Grant Coverage Areas:

District of North Vancouver

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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