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​Metro Vancouver is delighted to award $300,000 in regional culture project grants to 54 local arts and culture organizations — the highest single-year grant award in the program's history.Through its annual grant program, Metro Vancouver helps organizations research and produce new cultural programs, reach new audiences and cover project staffing and administrative needs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per project grant.The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the arts and culture sector, which prompted Metro Vancouver to use a portion of its provincial Safe Restart funding to make a one-time increase to this year's grant fund, doubling it to $300,000."We saw record-setting demand for cultural grants in 2021, both in terms of the number of applications and how much funding was being requested," said Sav Dhaliwal, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. "Being able to award an additional $150,000 will help promote employment within creative sectors and enhance exposure to some of the most vibrant and artistic minds in our region."This year, Metro Vancouver received 106 applications from organizations seeking a total of $768,011 in funding for proposed projects. By comparison, in 2020, 54 applicants sought $377,230 in funding and 29 organizations shared $140,000 in grants."This year, the pandemic continued to have disastrous impacts on the region's arts and culture sector," said Lisa Muri, Chair of Metro Vancouver's Regional Culture Committee. "We are proud to support region‐serving arts and cultural organizations who have shown resilience and creativity as they safely recover from such a challenging time. I am excited to see the many innovative and intriguing projects that we have supported come to fruition."Grant recipients represent the cultural mosaic of the region, showcasing creativity across a broad range of disciplines and providing access for a wide range of audiences.In addition to annual grants, Metro Vancouver administers MAXguide.org, a free online service for organizations and individuals to promote their local performances, exhibitions, events, venues and groups. Sign up to Metro Vancouver's mailing list to receive information about future culture grants and other notifications related to Metro Vancouver's regional arts and culture.2021 Culture Grant RecipientsArts Club Theatre Company$10,000Arts Umbrella Association$8,000Bill Reid Foundation (Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art)$5,000Blueridge Chamber Music Society$10,000Chinatown Today Society$3,000Coquitlam Heritage Society$5,000Dancers of Damelahamid Society$5,000Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Society of Vancouver$5,000East Vancouver Community Music School Society$2,500Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival Society$10,000Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society of BC (Fraser Valley Musical Theatre)$10,000Health Arts Society$5,000Hellenic Canadian Congress of British Columbia$5,000Italian Cultural Centre Society$2,500Latincouver Cultural and Business Society$10,000Little Mountain Gallery Community Arts Performance Association$5,000Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Arts Council (The ACT Arts Centre)$5,000Maple Ridge Historical Society (Maple Ridge Museum)$5,000Massey Theatre Society$5,000Medusa Theatre Society$3,500Monster Creative Productions Society$5,000New Performance Works Society$3,000Neworld Theatre Society$5,000Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre$5,000Peninsula Production Society$3,000Presentation House Cultural Society (Presentation House Theatre)$5,000Richmond Art Gallery Association$4,000Richmond Arts Coalition$5,000Richmond Gateway Theatre Society$5,000Roedde House Preservation Society$2,500Royal Academy of Bhangra Society$10,000Sanjh Foundation$8,000Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO Media Arts Centre)$5,000Seismic Shift Arts Society (Dance House)$5,000Shot of Scotch Dance Society$5,000Some Assembly Arts Society (Some Assembly Theatre Company)$5,000Still Moon Arts Society$10,000Surrey City Orchestra Society$5,000Theatre Terrific Society$5,000Theatrix Youtheatre Society$5,000United Scottish Cultural Society$5,000Vancouver Art Gallery$10,000Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre$5,000Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society$5,000Vancouver Cantonese Opera$3,000Vancouver Comic Arts Association$5,000Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Society$5,000Vancouver International Children's Festival Society$5,000Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre Society$5,000Vancouver Men's Chorus$10,000Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Society$5,000Vancouver Society for Early Music (Early Music Vancouver)$2,500Vancouver West Side Theatre Society (The Chutzpah! Festival and the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre)$5,000West Van Theatre Company$4,500TOTAL$300,000