Cultural Grants

Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants

Funding assistance is available to arts and culture organizations for regional projects. The regional cultural project grants support creation, production, dissemination, audience development, research, project staff and/or administrative capacity building. Project grants are awarded to a maximum of $10,000 each.

A call for applications will open in the spring of 2023. Sign up to Metro Vancouver's mailing list to receive the call for applications for regional culture grants and other information related to Metro Vancouver's regional arts and culture.

If you have any questions about the application process or eligibility of your proposed project, email or contact Sarah Faucher at 604-456-8828.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Grants are intended to support regional arts and culture projects, not ongoing operational/general expenses.

    In order to qualify for a 2023 grant, the applicant must:

    • promote arts and culture as its primary purpose;
    • produce and present arts and culture on a regular basis within the Metro Vancouver region;
    • be a “stand-alone” and not merely part of an organization whose function or purpose extends beyond an arts and culture mandate;
    • be a non-profit society, registered under the BC Societies Act for at least 2 fiscal years (i.e. registered before April 1, 2021);
    • demonstrate that it is a well-run organization with a well-defined arts and culture mandate, sound administration and solid business plan, and
    • obtain funding from diverse sources.

    Project marketing timelines and project delivery must occur between September 01, 2023 and August 31, 2024. Pre-production planning and related work may take place before September 2023.

  • Selection Criteria

    The selection of 2023 projects will be based on the following assessment criteria. The relative weight given to each criterion is indicated in brackets.

    Regional Impact (20%)

    • Significance of the project in its offering to the regional arts and culture landscape
    • Region-serving project that is presented beyond a single municipality

    Merit (50%)

    • Merit of the project, based on past excellence and proven ability of the applicant
    • Clearly communicated project goals and relevance to arts and culture in the region
    • Demonstrated support of project stakeholders (i.e. partnerships, collaborations, sponsorship or in-kind support, volunteers, etc.)
    • Marketing, promotion and/or outreach plan to encourage regional participation, awareness and engagement
    • Project delivery that anticipates potential evolving public health measures, with resilience to reasonably adjust as necessary

    Budget Plan (30%)

    • Clear and concise budget plan for reasonable use of grant funding
    • Other sources of realistic funding support identified and/or in place
    • Requested funds are specific to the proposed project, and are not intended for ongoing operational/general funding
  • Conditions

    Grant recipients must adhere to the following:

    • Acknowledge the support of Metro Vancouver on all promotional materials related to the funded project.
    • Organizations making significant changes to the information provided in their application must discuss such changes with Metro Vancouver staff prior to the implementation.
    • Grant recipients will be required to complete a follow-up report for Metro Vancouver. Receipt of this report will be a precondition for consideration of the organization’s future grant applications.
    • Information provided in regional cultural project grant applications may be subject to disclosure under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Deadline and Submission

    2023 applications will be available through our online application form. Only application forms that are completed legibly, in full and with necessary attachments will be accepted. Organizations may only apply for one project grant per year.

    A call for applications will open in the spring of 2023. A link to the online application form will be available on this webpage.


  • Sarah Faucher
    External Outreach Coordinator


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