Cultural Grants

Metro Vancouver’s 2022 Regional Cultural Project Grants

On an annual basis, Metro Vancouver provides grants to arts and culture organizations for projects that benefit the region. These grants are available for a wide range of projects that contribute to cultural experiences across the region and can be applied to the many steps in the process including creation, production, dissemination, and audience development.

In 2022, Metro Vancouver is pleased to provide grants to 55 region‐serving arts and cultural organizations who have shown resilience and creativity in the past and who have exciting and innovative programming planned for the coming year.

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.

 2022 Cultural Grants Awards

  • Project Grant Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    The timeline for the 2022 regional cultural project grants will follow the schedule below:

    • May-June: Received applications reviewed by Metro Vancouver staff;
    • June-July: Adjudication by Metro Vancouver’s Regional Culture Committee;
    • July-August: Final grant allocations approved by Metro Vancouver’s Board; communication to all applicants, including dissemination of cheques for successful grants.

    Given the above schedule, applicants applying for grant funding should include project timelines that would begin no earlier than September 2022. Proposed projects should also reasonably consider anticipated COVID-19-related delivery options to adhere to ongoing physical distancing measures, with resilience to adjust as necessary to evolving public health orders.

    Eligibility Criteria

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

    • promote arts and culture as its primary purpose;
    • provide public arts programs and services on an ongoing basis within Metro Vancouver;
    • 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, 2020);
    • 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.

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

    Selection Criteria

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

    Regional Impact (30%)

    • Uniqueness of the project in its offering to the regional arts and culture landscape.
    • Potential number of regional participants impacted/reached with this project.
    • Is the project region-serving and going to be presented beyond a single municipality?

    Merit (40%)

    • Merit of the project, based on past excellence and proven ability of the applicant organization.
    • Clearly communicated project goals and relevance to arts and culture in the region.
    • Measurable success.
    • Demonstrated community support/involvement.
    • Project delivery anticipates COVID-19-related considerations to adhere to ongoing public health measures, with resilience to reasonably adjust as necessary.

    Budget Plan (30%)

    • Clear and concise budget plan for the reasonable use of grant funding.
    • Other sources of realistic funding support identified and/or in place.
    • Budget plan reasonably incorporates COVID-19 impacts to revenues and funding.
    • Requested funds are specific to the proposed project, not ongoing operational/general funding.


    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 this 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 this regional cultural project grant application may be subject to disclosure under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Submission Options and Instructions

    Applications, including support materials, must be received by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. The application can be submitted in one of three ways:

    1. New this year, Metro Vancouver is pleased to offer an online application. Online applications can be completed through this link:Metro Vancouver 2022 Culture Grant Application
      Note: Please open the link in a Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser.

    2. Electronic application forms can be downloaded and emailed, along with support materials, to Email submissions should be contained within a single email no larger than 10MB in total file size.

      Subject Line: 2022 Grant Application – <Organization Name> – <Project Title>

      The following email attachment file formats are acceptable:

      • PDF (preferred), Word, Excel, PowerPoint
      • JPG, PNG, GIF, and other image files
      • MP4 and other video files provided they are small enough (hyperlinks preferred instead)

      The following email attachment file formats are not acceptable and will not be opened if received:

      • ZIP files
      • EXE, and other executable programs, scripts or macros

    3. Hard copy application packages can be mailed or couriered to:

      Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants
      External Relations Department
      Metrotower III, 4515 Central Boulevard
      Burnaby, BC, V5H 0C6

    Applicants should only submit one application (electronic, hard copy, or email).

    All applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application (electronic, hard copy, or email) has been received. Please contact Samantha Forsyth at 604-456-8828 if you do not receive a confirmation email with 24 hours of sending your email application (Monday – Friday), or within an appropriate length of time after mailing your application.

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


  • Samantha Forsyth
    External Outreach Coordinator


Stay Connected

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive information about Cultural Grants, MaxGuide and Survivor 101 information.


Sign up