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2017-10-05: Volunteer Opportunity - Arts & Culture Grants Committee
The North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission is seeking a volunteer from the community to fill an opening on the Arts & Culture Grants Review Committee.
The Grants Review Committee evaluates grant applications submitted to the Arts & Culture Grants program and – based on established criteria – it makes recommendations to the NVRC regarding the disbursement of grant monies.  The City and District of North Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Grants Policies, adopted in 2015, guide the consideration, evaluation and recommendations of the Grants Review Committee.  
The Grants Review Committee consists of five volunteer members, plus one member of the Commission.  Community members are appointed on the basis of their experience and expertise in any of the following areas:  visual and performing arts, community celebrations, events, community public art projects, and the local not-for-profit sector.  
The current opening is for ONE position only.  Preferably, the successful candidate will EITHER have experience in the theatre and the performing arts OR will come with a background in event production.
Time Commitment  
Committee members meet approximately 4 to 6 times per year to review grant applications across three scheduled intakes.  In addition to meetings, Committee members need to allocate “reading time” for the review of grant applications.  
Grants Intake Schedule for 2017-18  
The Committee will meet:
in late November 2017 (Early Intake)
in February 2018 (Operating Assistance Intake)
and April 2018 (Main Intake)
Terms of Reference  
Committee members must be residents of North Vancouver. Committee Members are appointed for a two-year term; appointments can be extended to a maximum of two consecutive terms.  Every effort is made to avoid conflict of interest between committee members and grant applicants.  Should a direct or perceived conflict be identified, NVRC Conflict of Interest rules shall be applied.
Interested in Applying? 
Please contact NVRC Cultural Services Officer, John Rice, by email or by phone at 604.983.6466
Application deadline:  Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00pm
Contact:  For further information about the Arts & Culture Grants Review Committee, please contact NVRC Cultural Services Officer, John Rice, by email or by phone at 604.983.6466
2017-06-01 / Arts & Culture Grants Approved – Operating Assistance

Operating Assistance grants represent a multi-year investment in the operations of and services provided by established arts organizations that, through the consistent delivery of quality arts and cultural programs and services, have demonstrated an ongoing leadership role in the cultural sector on the North Shore.  Eligibility for Operating Assistance is limited to not-for-profit arts organizations that are resident in North Vancouver and that deliver the considerable majority of their work in North Vancouver.

The following Operating Assistance Grants have been approved for the 2017 fiscal year and beyond:

  • BC Photography & Media Arts Society, 3 years – $ 175,000
  • Lionsgate Sinfonia, 1 year – $ 30,000
  • North Shore Celtic Ensemble, 3 years – $ 20,000
  • North Vancouver Community Arts Council, 1 year – $ 207,000
  • Presentation House Cultural Society, 3 years – $ 125,000
  • Seymour Art Gallery, 3 years – $ 50,000
2017-06-01 / Arts & Culture Grants Approved – Round 2

A final round of Arts & Culture Grants has recently been approved by the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission.  The following groups have been awarded grants to support activities that take place in the second half of 2017.

Programming & Project Assistance Grants are provided to support the delivery of innovative, high-quality arts programming and services to the residents of North Vancouver; they reward creativity, foster innovation and – wherever possible – support the emergence of new groups or activities.

  • Artists for Kids Trust, Community-Based Arts Education – $ 11,000
  • Blueridge Chamber Music Society, Blueridge Chamber Music Festival – $ 5,000
  • Laudate Singers Society, 2017 Season – $10,000
  • Mortal Coil Performance Society, The Welcome Project – $10,000
  • Musart Cultural Society, Cates Park Concert Series – $7,000
  • North Shore Chamber Orchestra, 2017-18 Concert Season – $ 2,000
  • North Vancouver Community Arts Council, ART+PLACE – $ 5,000
  • Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists, Art School High – $ 9,000
  • Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Sounds Global & Canada 150 Concert $ 7,500
  • Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Summer Series – $ 2,500

Celebrations & Events Grants support a range of events that enrich residents’ quality of life or that foster community connections by bringing people together in a celebratory and creative environment; these can be small-scale, more local “community events” or large-scale “major celebrations” in the form of regional festivals

  • Artists for Conservation International Foundation, Artists for Conservation Festival – $ 12,000
  • Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, North Shore Jazz – $ 10,000
  • Coho Society of the North Shore, Coho Festival – $ 8,000
  • Lynn Valley Services Society, Canada 150 Celebration at Molly Nye House $2,000
  • Musart Cultural Society, Deep Cove Daze – $ 10,000
  • Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts & Culture Exposition Society, Philippine Days $ 7,500
  • North Shore Polish Association, Polish Festival Vancouver (in Lynn Valley) $ 3,000
  • Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society, Caribbean Days – $ 14,000

Civic Events Grants are provided to support the celebration of national holidays such as Canada Day, the Canada Day Parade and Remembrance Day.

  • Celebrate North Shore Society, Canada Day Parade – $ 2,000
  • North Shore Veterans’ Council, Remembrance Day – $ 2,000
  • Rotary Club of Lions Gate, Canada Day at Waterfront Park – $ 18,000

Community Public Art Grants support projects that engage the creative potential of local populations in the design or development of small to medium-sized, permanent or temporary public art projects.

  • Coho Society of the North Shore, Mural and Banner Project – $ 5,000
  • Ridgeway Elementary School, First Nations Welcome Figure $ 10,000
  • Norgate Community Elementary School, First Nations Cultural History Marker – $ 7,000
2017-14-02 / Matching Funding through the Community Fund for Canada's 150th

If you are a local group in North Vancouver and have been awarded funding through one of the Arts & Culture Grants programs, you may be eligible for matching support through the Community Fund for Canada's 150th (CFC150). The next submission deadline for Arts & Culture grants is March 1st, 2017 for Programming & Project Assistance, Celebrations & Events Grants, and Community Public Art Grants. 

The Community Fund for Canada's 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada, in partnership with community foundations and other agencies in all parts of Canada, and intended to support communities with thousands of small grants to support local projects from coast to coast to coast.  Broadly speaking, the CFC150 will support local projects that:

  • encourage participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.
  • inspire a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and our communities.
  • build vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.

Here’s how the matching support works: 
If you are awarded an Arts & Culture grant in North Vancouver, your project must also meet the above-identified criteria for CFC150 projects that meet these criteria will be invited to apply directly to CFC150 through their application website at:

  • CFC150 are able to provide matching grants up to $7,500
  • The CFC150 matching contribution will not exceed the value of the Arts & Culture grant awarded

The Community Fund for Canada's 150th is a nation-wide program, and while the program relies on local collaborations across the country, applicants seeking support from CFC150 must meet that program’s grant criteria independently of the program criteria that have been established in North Vancouver. 

More information about the Community Fund for Canada's 150th can be found here.

Questions about the Community Fund for Canada's 150th should be directed to:

Please Note:
Applications to the Arts & Culture Grants programs in North Vancouver will be reviewed independently of the CFC150  process, according to the policies and procedures that have been established by North Vancouver Recreation & Culture on behalf of the City and District of North Vancouver. 

STAFF CONTACT:  If you have any questions, please contact the Program Officer:
John Rice, Cultural Services Officer
T: 604.983.6466

2017-01-30 / 2017 Arts & Culture Grants Approved - Round 1

The first round of 2017 Arts & Culture Grants have been approved by the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission.  The following groups have received ​Program and Project Assistance grants to support activities that will take place in the first half of the year.

  • Capture Photography Festival, Skate Scene Project at Lonsdale Quay – $6,000
  • FEAT Canada, FEAT Talks for Kids at Centennial Theatre – $3,000
  • North Shore Light Opera Society, Annual Production – $2,500
  • Presentation House Theatre, Redpatch Project - $8,000
  • Raven Spirit Dance, Salmon Girl – $7,000
  • Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Society, Festival & Fall Series – $15,000
2016-08-22 / 2017 Grants Deadlines

2017, Main Grants Intake [CLOSED]

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Main Intake covers applications to the following programs:

The Main Intake is intended to support eligible programming and projects that commence or that take place after June 1st, 2017.

2017, Operating Assistance Intake  [CLOSED]

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017, Early Grants Intake [CLOSED]

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
The Early Intake covers applications to the following programs:

The Early Intake is intended to support eligible programming and projects that commence or that take place in the period from January 1st to May 31st, 2017.

2016-08-26 / NEW: Arts & Culture Grants Program Guidelines


Review the Arts & Culture Grants Program Guidelines and start planning now for important funding opportunities that can impact your organization’s capacity to grow, flourish and innovate.

Download the PDF

STAFF CONTACT:  If you have any questions about Arts & Culture Grants, please contact the Program Officer:

John Rice, Cultural Services Officer
T: 604.983.6466


2016-08-18 / September Grants Workshop Materials

FREE Arts & Culture Grant Writing Workshop - Download the presentation here.

Where:          Lynn Valley Library Community Room, Lynn Valley Village, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

When:           Friday, September 9, 2016,  1:00 - 2:30 pm

On behalf of the City and District of North Vancouver, North Vancouver Recreation & Culture has recently completed a system-wide review of all arts and culture grants.  A new policy has been adopted and a number of important program changes are being implemented for the 2017 grant year. 

As the first grant intake deadline approaches, Cultural Services staff will offer a free information workshop to provide an overview of the funding opportunities provided through the new program structure.  The workshop will cover:

  • Operating Assistance
  • Programming & Project Assistance
  • Celebrations & Events Grants
  • Community Public Art Grants
  • policy goals + purpose of grants programs
  • funding rationale
  • eligibility and evaluation criteria
  • multi-year funding
  • phased grant intakes
  • application procedures
  • reporting requirements

Who Should Come?

Everyone is welcome!  However, the workshop will be most relevant to: non-profit arts organizations; community art groups and collectives; community groups that put on an event or a festival; or other recognized community groups that may be eligible for grant support to plan, run, or promote that event, activity or project.

Traditional and emerging arts forms are equally important as expressions of cultural diversity, each adding to the vibrancy and health of the community as a whole.  Through this workshop , we invite and value the participation of and are interested in reaching out to:

  • arts groups and arts service organizations that support professional arts practices and that occupy a leadership position within the local arts community
  • community-based arts groups that directly engage the creative participation of local residents through a variety of programs and activities
  • emerging arts groups or coalitions that offer something new, different or unique
  • community groups that put on events, festivals or other activities that bring neighbor-hoods and communities together in a spirit of inclusion and celebration
  • arts groups from diverse communities, and groups that explore the intersection of cultural traditions and new arts practices 
2015-12-05 / NEW: Arts & Culture Grants Policy

The City and District of North Vancouver have been providing arts assistance grants since 1982, with new programs being added in the early 2000s to support events and festivals.  

In the late fall of 2013 Ference Weicker & Co were engaged to undertake an extensive ‘Municipal Grants Policy and Program Review,’ with the intent of updating the grants programs and creating new policy.  The grants review included significant stakeholder and client input and a review of best practices in other jurisdictions, as well as consultations with staff and Councils at the City and District.  In December of 2014 the Consultants presented their report to staff, and in the first half of 2015 staff undertook a detailed review of the Consultants’ findings, presenting final recommendations and a new policy to City and District Councils in the fall of 2015.

The new Arts & Culture Grants Policy was adopted by the Councils of the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver on November 16th, 2015.  Some of the key changes implemented in the new policy include:

  • One policy replaces five separate policies created at different times for different jurisdictions.  Where the old policy framework papered over a number of conflicting directions and possible loopholes, the new policy structure offers a comprehensive and consistent approach,
  • Authority to approve grants has been be delegated to the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission. In addition to creating administrative efficiencies, it is expected that this will eliminate the exposure of City and District Councils to lobbying; also that it will address the risk of the two Councils differing in their decisions.
  • The new policy, while retaining a degree of flexibility, aligns eligibility, evaluation and funding criteria with appropriate policy sections of the municipalities’ ‘Official Community Plans.’
  • Recognizing the fact that the municipal grants budget is finite, the new policy incorporates strengthened eligibility and evaluation criteria that target partnerships and the leveraging of resources and revenues from other sources while still supporting innovation and development.
  • A standing Grants Review Committee has been established in accordance with widely recognized best practices; it is comprised of impartial and qualified individuals with experience and expertise in appropriate areas of arts, cultural and community-based practices.
  • The possibility of multi-year funding has been expanded across targeted grant programs with the purpose of providing the arts community with a reliable and predictable funding environment from year-to-year, thereby supporting eligible applicants in their mid- and long range planning.

Review the Arts & Culture Grants Policy. Download the PDF. 

STAFF CONTACT:  If you have any questions about Arts & Culture Grants, please contact the Program Officer:

John Rice, Cultural Services Officer
T: 604.983.6466

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