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​Metro Vancouver has awarded $300,000 in regional cultural project grants to support the good work of 55 local arts and culture organizations.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."This year's regional cultural project grant recipients are representative of a local arts community that is increasingly diverse and culturally rich," said Sav Dhaliwal, chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. "I am delighted that Metro Vancouver is able to offer even more support for a sector that provides so much enjoyment and benefit to our residents and visitors."For the second year in a row, Metro Vancouver was able to double the grant fund, which is usually able to distribute $150,000, using a portion of its provincial COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant for Local Government funding. 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."Metro Vancouver's regional cultural grants program continues to play an important role in sustaining the vitality of Metro Vancouver's arts and culture community," said Lisa Muri, chair of Metro Vancouver's Regional Culture Committee. "This was particularly true during the pandemic, which created new challenges for the arts and culture community, but there has always been a need to support creative and innovative ideas by new arts and culture organizations as well as established ones."This year, Metro Vancouver received 106 applications from organizations seeking nearly $950,000 in funding for proposed projects. In the last five years, the total number of applications received for cultural grants each year nearly doubled.In addition to annual grants, Metro Vancouver administers, a free online service for organizations and individuals to promote their local performances, exhibitions, events, venues, and groups. Organizations can sign up to Metro Vancouver's mailing list to receive information about future cultural grants and other notifications related to regional arts and culture.2022 Cultural Grant RecipientsAfrican Friendship Society$4,500Arts Umbrella Association (Arts Umbrella)$10,000Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (Bill Reid Foundation)$5,000Blackout Arts Society$5,000Carousel Theatre Society (Carousel Theatre for Young People)$5,000Cloverdale Arts and Entertainment Association$5,000Community Arts Council of Vancouver$3,000Coquitlam Heritage Society$2,500Creative Compass Society$5,000Dancers of Damelahamid Society$5,000Dundarave Festival of Lights Society$3,000East Vancouver Community Music School$4,000Electric Company Theatre Society$5,000Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival Society$5,000Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists$3,000Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society (Vancouver International Film Festival)$7,500Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community$5,000Health Arts Society$5,000Lamondance Arts Society (Lamondance)$5,000Massey Theatre Society$10,000Mitch and Murray Productions Theatre Society$5,000Movement Dance Productions Society (Joshua Beamish/ MOVETHECOMPANY)$2,500Ne. Sans Dance Opera$5,000New Performance Works Society$3,500Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre$7,000North Shore Celtic Ensemble$3,000OCW Arts & Publishing Foundation (Vancouver Art Book Fair)$2,500Pride in Art Society (SUM Gallery / Queer Arts Festival)$5,000Realwheels Society (Realwheels Theatre)$5,000Rice & Beans Theatre Society (Rice & Beans Theatre)$5,000Richmond Arts Coalition$4,500Richmond Gateway Theatre Society (Gateway Theatre)$3,000Roedde House Preservation Society$4,000Sanjh Foundation$5,000Seismic Shift Arts Society (DanceHouse)$10,000Shot of Scotch Dance Society (Shot of Scotch Vancouver)$4,500Some Assembly Arts Society (Some Assembly Theatre Company)$6,500Still Moon Arts Society$7,000Surrey City Orchestra Society$3,000The Vancouver Art Gallery Association (Vancouver Art Gallery)$10,000Time Will Tell Arts Society$3,000Urban Ink Production Society (Urban Ink)$5,000Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre$10,000Vancouver Chamber Music Society$7,500Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (5X Festival)$5,000Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Society$5,000Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre Society (VLACC)$10,000Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Society)$10,000Vancouver Opera Association (Vancouver Opera)$10,000Vancouver Visual Art Foundation$5,000Vancouver Wooden Boat Society$3,000Visaff South Asian Film Festival Society$7,500Voirelia: Dance, Psychology, & Philosophy Hub (Voirelia Hub)$5,000West Van Theatre Company Society (Theatre West Van)$3,000Zee Zee Theatre Society (Zee Zee Theatre)$7,500TOTAL$300,000