Funding is available from a variety of sources to support creative projects and activities in the community. Grant programs, funding agencies, eligibility guidelines, and contact information can change from year to year so grants seekers are encouraged to check the website for the most up to date information.
The Fund for the Arts on the North Shore (FANS) was established in 1995 by the Arts and Culture Commission of North Vancouver and is overseen by a volunteer board. The purpose of FANS is to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through award programs. Funds come from the investment income generated by the FANS endowment fund that is managed by the North Shore Community Foundation. As a registered charity, the Society can issue tax receipts for donations of $25 or more.
The FANS Distinguished Artist Award honours North and West Vancouver artists who have created a substantial, nationally recognized body of work in the performing. visual, literary or media arts. The first FANS Distinguished Artist Award was presented in 1995. Since that time the Award has been given to many of the North Shore's best actors, painters, poets, First Nation carvers, musicians and composers. Through this award, FANS seeks to foster a creative legacy that celebrates outstanding artistry and bears witness to the heights that can be achieved when artists follow their dreams.
The FANS Don S. Williams Grant recognizes the artistic contributions and accomplishment of North Shore artists who have demonstrated a maturity of talent.
BlueShore Financial gives financial support to non-profit organizations and charities that provide services and programs to the communities we serve and support our wellness philosophy. Non-profit and charitable organizations can apply to the BlueShore Donations program for a wide range of initiatives that support financial, physical, and community wellness.
The TELUS Vancouver Community Program invites applications from arts and cultural groups for projects that drive social change and build relationships, and that have an emphasis on youth. For detailed information about the program guidelines, evaluation criteria, application process and deadlines, visit the TELUS Vancouver Community Board website.
Vancouver Foundation recognizes that many different things help to create healthy, vibrant and livable communities. The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee makes grants in four broad fields of interest to support and encourage the growth and sustained presence of arts and cultural activities among diverse cultural communities throughout British Columbia.