Arts & Culture Grants

Each year, on behalf of the City and District of North Vancouver, North Vancouver Recreation & Culture invests over $800,000 in grants to support arts and culture in the community.  Arts & Culture Grants are provided through four distinct programs designed to sustain the operations of key arts organizations; incentivize creative innovation and new initiatives; support events and festivals; and foster a wide range of activities that reflect the talent, creativity, spirit and diversity of the community.

Start planning now for important local funding opportunities that support your organization’s capacity to grow, flourish and innovate.  Learn more about the different grants programs available and find out what’s involved in submitting a grant request.  And, check our Grants News regularly to stay on top of information sessions, program updates and funding opportunities.

Operating Assistance grants are available to support the operations and programming of local non-for-profit arts organizations that:

  • exhibit professional arts practices
  • employ paid staff and demonstrate sound, independent management and governance, and
  • offer either a full season or year-round program of arts activities

Programming & Project Assistance Grants are available in three categories to support professional or semi-professional arts groups or arts service organizations, as well as community, amateur or member-based arts groups:

  1. Special Projects, New Initiatives and Events in Development
    ​With grants up to a maximum of $7,500.  This category supports one-time only projects, pilot projects and new initiatives in development and event programming in its start-up phase.
  2. Annual Programming Support Major Funding Stream
    For organizations seeking support for annual programming that are otherwise ineligible for Operating Assistance Grants.  Annual Programming Support provides financial support for ongoing or annual programming initiatives across a wide range of artistic, creative and/or cultural practices.  The Major Funding Stream provides grants up to a maximum of $20,000. 
  3. Annual Programming Support - Small Grants Stream 
    This stream offers a streamlined application process with simplified reporting requirements for  groups  seeking smaller grants up to a maximum of $5,000.

Celebrations & Events Grants

These grants are available in two categories to support events, festivals and community celebrations that foster community connectivity and that contribute to residents’ quality of life:

  • Community Events Grants
    Grants are available up to a maximum of $6,500 to support neighbourhood-based celebrations and community events that provide opportunities for diverse populations to come together.
  • Major Celebrations and Festivals
    Grants are available up to a maximum of $20,000 to support large-scale, multi-day cultural celebrations and professional arts festivals.​

Community Public Art Grants support local communities seeking to work with a professional or established artist in a community-engaged arts process to create or enhance a public art project

Staff Contact: 
If you have any questions about Arts & Culture Grants in North Vancouver, please contact:
John Rice, Cultural Services Officer
TEL: 604.983.6466  EMAIL


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