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Creative Spark Vancouver

Grants to British Columbia Early Career Artists in Eligible
Areas for Arts Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $5,000 to British Columbia individual artists and collectives in eligible locations for arts projects during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended for projects that involve young people, ages 5-18, and that focus on arts-based learning in any artistic discipline. Eligible applicants are emerging artists who are residents of the City of Vancouver or a member of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and live in that Nation’s unceded territories. Grants may be used to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals, and honoraria.

Emerging artists can be of any age in any artistic or cultural discipline (e.g. community arts, dance, disability arts, Indigenous arts or culture, interdisciplinary, literary, media, multidisciplinary, music, textile/fiber art, theatre, visual arts). 

Creative Spark Vancouver enables emerging artists to gain experience on small projects that could lead to new career opportunities, new community relationships, different perspectives on arts and education, future learning opportunities, and exciting multi-faceted projects. 

Before you apply, please make sure your application meets the Creative Spark Vancouver goals:

  • To build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with young people and art and culture-based learning;
  • To provide young people with opportunities to engage actively in art and culture, particularly artists and young people from equity-seeking communities; and
  • To critically engage with reconciliation, decolonization, equity, and accessibility. 

For information about funding criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184650

Estimated Size of Grant:

Creative Spark Vancouver grants offer 100% coverage for projects, up to $3,000 for individuals and $5,000 for art collectives.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by July 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Emerging artists who are residents of the City of Vancouver or members of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and live in that Nation’s unceded territories or the City of Vancouver may apply.

Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.

For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:
- Is enrolled in, or has specialized training in arts and culture (university graduation or equivalent, self-training, or training in a culturally-specific tradition);
- Is in the early stages of their career, usually within the few first years of pursuing a career in their field;
- Has a small history of presentation, production, or publication;
- Is looking for support and resources to build confidence in their practice;
- Is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, when possible financially; and
- Self-identifies as emerging.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is October 20, 2020.

ArtStarts has made some changes to the Creative Spark Vancouver grant so that they can still fund projects while operating safely in accordance with public health precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They have changed the timeline for the grant, allowed for projects to happen via distance, and expanded eligible expenses to support projects happening online or via distance.

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to:
Lily Cryan, Program Manager
604-336-0626 ext 111

808 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 3A7, Canada

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Vancouver or Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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