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Field of Interest Grants - Arts and Culture

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits to
Increase Access to Arts and Cultural Offerings

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Vancouver Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/22/16 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to British Columbia nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural projects that use social innovation to build healthy, vibrant and livable communities. The first stage of the application is due February 12. The Foundation looks for social innovations that influence and change the social systems that affect the growth of artistic, cultural and heritage activities among diverse cultural communities.

Although your project will have its own unique outcomes that you will work to achieve, the Foundation is well-positioned to support projects that strive towards at least one of the following broad outcomes:

1) Increase the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings

-Remove barriers to, and increase experiences of, diverse artistic, cultural and heritage practices and offerings.

-Encourage communities to participate in the preservation and animation of cultural heritage.

-Create interdisciplinary collaboration, including different cultures, experiences, practices, incomes, abilities and worldviews.

2) Increase the employability and livelihoods of artists

-Increase conditions for employment opportunities within the arts and culture sector.

-Inspire professional and aspiring artists to take risks, embrace new ideas and explore their artistic visions.

-Create artistic and cultural opportunities, including those that involve creative writing, architecture, music, ballet, painting and sculpture.

-Encourage an intergenerational transfer of skills and knowledge between artists of all ages.

Types of Grants:

1) Develop Grants (Up to $10,000 for up to one year) - Develop grants are short-term grants to help project teams explore complex social issues and to develop viable projects that might address these issues through social innovation. Project teams will have already begun working on this idea and need further support to move the idea forward to become a viable project plan.

2) Test Grants (Up to $75,000/year for up to three years) - Test grants are longer-term grants to help project teams run and test the effectiveness of a new or existing social innovation on a systemic issue. Project teams will have a clear sense of the systemic issue they intend to address, what the social innovation is that they are implementing, who they are partnering with throughout the work, and how they will evaluate their project and monitor the outcomes.

3) Grow Grants (Up to $50,000/year for up to three years) - Grow grants are longer-term grants to help project teams scale an existing and successful social innovation to new geographic areas (scale out), new levels of systems of institutions (scale up), or to embed the social innovation further within existing levels of systems or institutions (scale deep).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162234

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Develop: Up to $10,000.
-Test: Up to $75,000/year.
-Grow: Up to $50,000/year.

Term of Contract:

Develop Grants are for one year.
Test and Grow Grants are for up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Field of Interest Grants are available to registered charities and other qualified organizations in British Columbia.

If your organization does not qualify, then you must enter into an intermediary arrangement with a registered charity or other qualified organization.

An eligibility quiz is available here:

Pre-Application Information:

Application instructions may be found here:

-Project Overview Accepted: beginning January 11, 2016
-Project Overview Deadline: February 12, 2016, 4:00 PM
-Project Overview Decisions: by March 18, 2016
-Full Proposals: Open march 21, 2016
-Full Proposal Closes: April 22, 2016, 4:00 PM
-Decisions by: May 27, 2016

To apply for a Develop Grant, submit a Project Overview. Develop Grants do not require a Full Proposal.

Contact Information:

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

Niveria Oliveira, Manager

Stephanie Falcon, Grant Administrator

Vancouver Foundation
475 West Georgia Street, Suite 200
Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 4M9

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Canada: British Columbia;

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