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Cultural Spaces Grant Program

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits and First Nations Band Councils
in Eligible Areas for Projects Related to Arts and Cultural Facilities

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09/15/21 - For Small Grant applications only.


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations and First Nations Band Councils in eligible areas for capital projects, operating costs, and planning projects related to arts and cultural facilities. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Spaces must be located in the City of Vancouver or on traditional lands within Vancouver.

Grant Streams:

  • Affordable Spaces Grants: Grants for facility operating costs for space operators who provide subsidized affordable space for artists and cultural organizations, including support for direct facility costs.
  • Cultural Infrastructure Grants (CIG): Grants for capital building-based projects including space planning and research, acquisition, renovation, or expansion of an arts and cultural facility. This includes:
    • Space Planning or research: Grants may be used for feasibility studies, demand or needs assessment, architectural plans, master planning, and capital campaign assessment. Projects can be focused on pre-design (site selection, building systems assessment, operational/business model, space needs assessment, master plan, renovation planning, accessibility plans, etc.) or later planning stages (site massing and analysis, design concepts, engineering consultations, etc.). 
    • Capital Improvement: Grants for capital improvement or building-based projects to support the acquisition, renovation, expansion, and construction of arts and cultural facilities. Improvements must be of a “built-in” or permanent nature and/or specific to the space and integral to the existence of the facility.
  • Small Grants for Cultural Spaces: Grants intended to complement the Cultural Infrastructure Grant (CIG) Program by providing improved capital building-based support for equity-seeking groups or areas of practice that are underrepresented in CIG Program; or time-sensitive cultural space planning, research, improvements, accessibility upgrades; or mentorships between organizations or between organizations and professionals to support space planning, knowledge sharing, and capacity building.
  • Critical Assistance Grants: Grants to support urgent building life-safety upgrades, and other critical timely support for cultural spaces including unforeseen and urgent replacement, repairs and/or life-safety capital infrastructure projects. Emergency Affordable Spaces operational support may also be available depending on availability of funding for the year. 

For information about the program goals, see:

For more details on the grant streams and examples of eligible projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169446

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Affordable Spaces Grants: Up to $50,000
- Cultural Infrastructure Grants (CIG): Up to $250,000
- Small Grants for Cultural Spaces: Up to $25,000
- Critical Assistance Grants: Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

Cultural Infrastructure Grant funded projects must be completed within three (3) years of the Council approval date. Small Grants, Critical Assistance and Affordable Spaces grants must be completed within one year of approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements stated below in order to have their application forwarded for review:
- Be a registered Vancouver-based non-profit society*, charitable organization, non-profit cooperative, xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) or Urban Indigenous non-profit society with an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers (e.g. a Board of Directors/Council); *Society must be in good standing with the B.C. Registrar of Companies
- Have a clear arts & culture focus outlined in the organization’s vision, mission and mandate*. Funding is focused primarily on arts and culture spaces for creation/production, presentation, and performance, as well as supporting ancillary spaces that contribute to Culture|Shift’s directions, goals and actions, including Reconciliation with the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) and urban Indigenous peoples, cultural diversity and accessibility; *Board-approved documents must be supplied on request from Planners
- Have infrastructure located within Vancouver City Limits or, in the case of xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), on their traditional lands within Vancouver;
- Be committed to a respectful, equitable and accommodating workplace as demonstrated through your Human Resources values, principles, practices, and/or policies;
- Provide equitable access to arts and culture programs and services to a broad diverse public; to accommodate, welcome and actively seek and engage with people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identities (including trans*, gender-variant and twospirit people), ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religion, language and socio-economic conditions.
- Be operational for at least one full year and provide financial statements signed by the Board for the most recently completed fiscal year, including a Balance Sheet and Income/Expense Statement.

Non-profit organizations that are not based in Vancouver and/or whose primary purpose or program activity is the provision of health care, social, childcare, educational, sport, recreational, employment or religious programs and services are not eligible. Non-profit organizations providing social, childcare, or other services may be eligible for community grants.

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Additional Eligibility information can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Dates for the next Small Grant intake:
- Application opens: August 18, 2021
- Application deadline: September 15, 2021

Interested applicants should contact: Diane Blunt or Minna Schendlinger, Cultural Planners, at least three weeks prior to application deadline.

Matching Grants:
- For CIG projects, total City funds can support up to 50% of eligible project expenses, including CIG contributions, with remaining funds coming from other sources. In exceptional circumstances, City of Vancouver funds, including CIG, can support up to 75% of eligible project expenses, specifically for under-represented/equity-seeking groups and/or Indigenous communities, and any other exceptional cases.
- For Small and Critical projects, City of Vancouver funds can support up to 100% of eligible project expenses; however, the project should demonstrate exploration of additional funding and/or reduced expenses.
- For Affordable Spaces requests, City of Vancouver funds can support up to 100% of eligible expenses; however, the organization should demonstrate exploration of additional funding and/or reduced expenses.

Application Process
1. Confirm Eligibility. To ensure you are eligible, please read the Info Guide, then reach out to Planners. For Spring intake, you will be asked to complete a Statement of Intent form.
2. Applicants to the Critical Assistance Grant may complete an application at any time, regardless of deadline dates. Contact planners directly at emails below.
3. Complete an Online Application. If your proposal is eligible, you will be invited to submit an online application. Be prepared to provide detailed information such as financial statements, scope and quotes for proposed work.

Grant awards up to $25,000 will likely be disbursed in one payment and over $25,000 will likely be disbursed in two or more payments.

Contact Information:

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

Diane Blunt
Cultural Planner

Minna Schendlinger
Cultural Planner

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

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