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Grants to British Columbia Arts Nonprofits and Charities in Eligible Regions for Project and Operating Support

Cultural Grant Program


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
154926

Funding Source
City of Surrey
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Geographic Focus
Canada: British Columbia: Surrey;

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/03/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to British Columbia nonprofit societies and registered charities providing arts and cultural programming in eligible regions for project and operating support. Funding is intended for a broad range of activities, including theater, dance, and literary productions, visual, media, interdisciplinary, community-based, and Indigenous arts. Eligible activities are cultural celebrations and events that reflect Surrey’s diverse heritage and community and take place in Surrey.

The Cultural Grants Program supports and enhances Surrey’s arts and cultural sector through:  

  • Building organizational capacity and sustainability in each of existing and new local cultural organizations.
  • Investing in community-based cultural activities that promote awareness, access, participation, and appreciation of arts and heritage.
  • Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships.

Grants are awarded in four categories:

Project grants: encourage partnerships and collaborations that result in cultural programs and initiatives.

Cultural celebration grants: support initiatives to provide audiences with an original artistic experience as part of a larger event.

The costs funded in this category may include the following:

  • National standard artist fees paid to eligible artists. 
  • Honorariums paid to cultural professionals who may not meet the eligibility criteria of National standard artist fees. 
  • Supplies, materials, and services necessary for the artist's performance. 
  • Liability insurance and WorkSafeBC coverage, specifically to protect the artist.

Operating grants: support and sustain the work of mature, registered not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations that:

  • Deliver consistent, meaningful, and original local programming,
  • Demonstrate sustainable administrative practices and organizational structures, and
  • Play a leadership role in enriching and enlivening Surrey’s cultural landscape.

Operating grant enhanced funding:

In 2022, the City introduced an increased grant amount for eligible organizations applying for operating grants that meet additional criteria with the intention to help support organizations fully based in Surrey, who provide year-round cultural programming to Surrey residents, and are seeking to develop as organizations, to also meet eligibility criteria for BC Arts Council and Canada Council grants for their field of practice.

The SCT rental subsidy: offers assistance to Cultural Grant applicants renting Surrey Civic Theatres. Based on availability, this subsidy will provide access to City of Surrey Civic Theatres venues, including: Main Stage and the Studio Theatre, both at the Surrey Arts Centre, and Centre Stage at City Hall.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Project Grant eligibility criteria:
1. A not-for-profit organization (registered or non-registered)
2. Managing projects that are based in the City of Surrey. Non-resident organizations may still be considered for projects that take place within the City of Surrey's municipal boundaries and directly benefit Surrey residents. Priority will be given to projects that fulfill the following conditions:
- Employ and utilize a majority of Surrey-based artists for the project.
- Where there is no comparable organization based in Surrey.
- Avoid duplication of projects already offered by other organizations in Surrey.
3. Managing projects that start and finish within the project period.
4. Demonstrating matching funds and/or in-kind contributions equivalent to the grant amount requested.
5. In good standing with the Cultural Grants Program. Returning applicants must submit all outstanding final reports from previous years to the satisfaction of the City before the final report deadline. The final report deadline is 60 days following the conclusion of the project.

Cultural Celebrations Grant eligibility criteria:
1. A not-for-profit organization (registered or non-registered).
2. Based in the City of Surrey. However, non-resident organizations may still be considered for projects that take place within the City of Surrey's municipal boundaries and directly benefit Surrey residents. Priority will be given to projects that fulfill the following conditions:
- Employ and utilize a majority of Surrey-based artists for the project.
- Where there is no comparable organization based in Surrey.
- Avoid duplication of projects already offered by other organizations in Surrey.
3. Requesting a grant to support hiring an artist or artistic group to provide a cultural celebration experience.
4. Able to demonstrate how the proposed cultural celebration is accessible to the public and how the presentation of the artistic component benefits residents of Surrey.

Operating Grant eligibility criteria:
1. Have a clear and relevant mandate with a primary focus on arts and culture programming in Surrey.
2. Demonstrate a significant history of arts and cultural programming in the City of Surrey with proven community impact.
3. Based in the City of Surrey. However, non-resident organizations may still be considered for projects that take place within the City of Surrey's municipal boundaries and directly benefit Surrey residents. Priority will be given to operations that fulfill the following conditions:
- Employ and utilize a majority of Surrey-based artists.
- Where there is no comparable organization based in Surrey.
- Avoid duplication of services already offered by other organizations in Surrey.
4.Deliver a minimum of 75% of their programs to Surrey residents while ensuring programming is accessible to and prioritized for Surrey residents.
5. Have received at least two (2) project grants from the City of Surrey, and are in good standing with the Cultural Grants Program.
6. Be committed to providing arts and culture experiences that are open and accessible to all Surrey residents.
7. Demonstrate financial stability:
- Provide evidence of diversified cash revenue including earned revenue, fundraising, donations, other grants.
- Provide externally produced financial statements.
8. Demonstrate organizational capacity and sustainability:
- Have been operating for 5 (five) years as registered not-for-profit society in good standing;
Be supported by an active volunteer Board of Directors;
- Hire experienced and capable creative/artistic senior leadership and senior administrators, at least one of whom must be a paid Artistic Director, Managing Director, Managing Artistic Director, Executive Director or General Manager, compensated at industry standards comparable to similar-sized arts and culture organizations, and must maintain effective organizational structures.
9. Demonstrate a commitment to compensating professional artists commensurate with fees that meet national industry standards.

Enhanced Operating Grants eligibility criteria:
See the guidelines page linked in the Pre-Application Information field.

SCT Rent subsidy eligibility:
This funding opportunity will only consider those cultural organizations who apply for a City of Surrey Cultural Grant in the same year they are awarded the SCT rental subsidy.

For more information about the SCT Rent subsidy grant see the guidelines page linked in the Pre-Application Information field.

Ineligible
Project grants: The same projects cannot receive grant funding more than once.

- Grant funding cannot support events hosted at private residences.

Expenses not covered:
- Activities that principally take place outside the City of Surrey.
- Projects that, in the opinion of the City, may be contrary to the public interest to approve for financial assistance.
- Ongoing core operations for Cultural Celebrations and Project grant recipients.
- Capital Projects (equipment, new buildings, facility upgrades) will generally not be funded through the program.
- Individual applicants. Payments cannot be made directly to individuals. Artists can apply with organizations, as funding will only be provided to groups or organizations.
- Educational institutions, including SD36 (School District 36) and post-secondary institutions.
- Religious groups and political groups.
- For-profit organizations and business groups.
- Deficit reduction.
- Fundraisers.
- Contests. Contest funding refers to a scenario where grant funding is used to purchase prizes. Juried art shows where artists pay to participate are also not eligible for funding.
- Bursaries and scholarships.
- Art therapy, as defined as clinical psychotherapy involving expressive arts.
- Student projects.
- Travel.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information sessions:
- August 21, 6:30-8:00pm, Newton Recreation Centre
- August 23, 6:30-8:00pm, Online (Microsoft Teams)
- September 13, 6:30-8:00pm, Online (Microsoft Teams)

Registration is required. Register by emailing the funding source.
Applicants may also book a 30-minute mentorship session with Cultural Grants staff by emailing the funding source.

Pre-Application Information
- Application deadline is 11:59pm on October 3, 2023

Project Grants: The grant award may contribute up to fifty percent (50%) of the project budget on a matching basis.

Guidelines: https://www.surrey.ca/arts-culture/cultural-grants/cultural-grants-guidelines

Estimated Size of Grant
Project grants: Maximum $10,000
Cultural celebration grants: Maximum $3,000.
- Registered not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 not to exceed 50% of eligible costs.
- Non-registered not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 not to exceed 50% of eligible costs.
Operating grants: Maximum $15,000
Enhanced Operating grants: Maximum $25,000
- Surrey resident organizations that employ and compensate professional staff (i.e. executive director and/or artistic director) whose role is to enable the organization to plan, develop, and ensure its ongoing resilience, and who pay artists fees meeting national standards can apply for up to 25% of their annual operating budget to a maximum of $25,000 (previously $15,000).
Rental Subsidy: Maximum $2,000

Term of Contract
Project grants: The project period lasts for 16 months, starting within the grant year.

Contact Information
Apply here for Project & Cultural Celebrations grants: https://www.surrey.ca/arts-culture/cultural-grants/cultural-grants-application-project-cultural-celebrations

Apply here for Operating grants: https://www.surrey.ca/arts-culture/cultural-grants/cultural-grants-application-operating

City of Surrey
13450 - 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC, Canada
V3T 1V8
604-591-4850
culturalgrants@surrey.ca

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