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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Community Organizations, Groups, and Individuals for Projects that Support Arts and Culture in Eligible Regions

Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) Grant

District of Tofino


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #180429

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $2,500 to British Columbia nonprofit arts societies and charities, community organizations, groups, and individuals for projects that support arts, culture, and heritage in eligible regions. Funding is intended for innovative projects that engage the community. Eligible projects will take place in the District of Tofino.

To support an artful and culturally engaged community, the District of Tofino Council will make funding available to eligible applicants for projects that enhance and support arts, culture and heritage within Tofino and the surrounding region.

The values of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Action Plan and guiding principles of the Arts and Culture Master Plan will guide the application, peer review process and activities being supported by the Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) grant program. 

These values are:

  • Sustainable – Strives to create sustainability through their proposed project or program. 
  • Authentic – Reflects the community’s authenticity and eclectic nature.
  • Fun – The project or program being proposed is based in the spirit of fun and openness.
  • Creative/Innovative – The proposed project or program offers creative or innovative ideas that contribute to a more vibrant artistic and culturally engaged community.
  • Inclusive/Collaborative - The proposed project or program promotes or moves forward the practices of inclusion and diversity through collaborative means.

For more information on these values, see: https://tofino.civicweb.net/document/133436/#page=1

The Arts and Culture Master Plan values are:

  • Economic Driver
  • Urban Renewal and Revitalization
  • Community Identity and Pride
  • Positive change in Communities
  • Quality of Life/Quality of Place
  • Personal and Social Development of Youth

For more information on these values, see: https://tofino.civicweb.net/document/133436/#page=2

Expenses that increase participation and awareness of arts, culture, and heritage in Tofino, and the surrounding region, are considered eligible expenses. 

Eligible Use of Funds:

  • Artists or cultural practitioner fees
  • Coordinator expenses as it relates to the project
  • Supplies related to the project
  • Venue rental costs
  • Leveraging funding from other sources for the project
  • Marketing of the project. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A registered non-profit organization or charity may apply for up to a maximum of two different projects per year should they wish to partner and support an individual artist or small group with their proposal and application.

Eligible Applicants Include:
- Arts, culture and heritage organizations registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or charity in the Province of British Columbia.
- Not-for-profit community organizations offering arts, culture and heritage programing that can demonstrate fiscal responsibility for the project.
- Individual artists or small groups supported by a registered non-profit or charitable organizations.

Ineligible Use of Funds:
- Activities taking place prior to funds being awarded by Council
- Activities happening outside of Tofino and the surrounding region.
- Core organizational operating expenses not related to the project or program
- Capital expenditures
- Bursaries/scholarships
- Commercial/For-profit oriented activities

Pre-Application Information:

Application will be made available thirty (30) days in advance of the application deadline. The application
deadline will be November 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

There will be one intake of applications per annum that will be reviewed by the Events, Arts, Culture and
Heritage (EACH) Advisory Committee.

To submit an application, please use the ACH Grant Application form and budget template.

A peer-review of applications will be held within 6 weeks of the closing date. Upon completion of the grant application evaluation, the EACH Advisory Committee will make a recommendation to Council in how the funds should be awarded. The recommendation will be brought forward to the next available regular Council meeting for consideration and approval. Applicants should be notified of funding decisions no later than mid-February 2023.

Application and Resources information: https://tofino.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/133435/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$25,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a maximum of $2,500 per application is available to eligible applicants.

Term of Contract:

Approved funds must be used within 18 months of the grant being awarded.

Contact Information:

All applications can be:
Emailed: grants@tofino.ca

Mailed: District of Tofino
PO Box 9
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

Delivered By Hand: District of Tofino Municipal Office
121 Third Street, Tofino, BC

A copy of all ACH grant documents can be requested by emailing grants@tofino.ca.

District of Tofino
121 Third Street, PO Box 9
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
250-725-3229

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