Arts & Culture Grants support the arts, foster creativity and help to build cultural connections in the community. Grants are typically available to support not-for-profit arts organizations, other recognized arts groups and collectives as well as a range of community groups active in producing local events and activities.
PLEASE NOTE: The Arts & Culture Grants Program for 2021 is currently closed! Please go to the Grants Intakes page for more information on the 2022 Grants Schedule.
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.
The purpose of the Operating Assistance program is to identify, support and sustain the work of groups and organizations that play a key leadership role in the arts in North Vancouver by virtue of:
- the development, presentation or production of their own programs;
- their relationships with other groups in the creative and cultural sectors;
- the mentoring and support of emerging arts groups and practitioners;
- innovative partnerships with other sectors of the community or creative economy; OR
- their capacity to respond to and deliver on the municipalities’ goals and objectives for arts and cultural development
Grants are available to support the operations, programming and initiatives of eligible North Vancouver organizations that have an established record for delivering quality arts and cultural programs and services. In order to qualify for Operating Assistance, potential applicants must:
- 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
The purpose of the Programming & Project Assistance program is to support diverse artistic and cultural programming, to foster innovation and to enable the exploration and development of new and emerging creative practices. Grants are currently available in three categories to support professional or semi-professional arts groups and arts service organizations as well as community, amateur or member-based arts groups:
1. New Initiatives Grants:
Grants are available up to a maximum of $6,500 to support the creation, development or piloting of
- initiatives or projects by new and emerging arts groups;
- new initiatives and new events in development; OR
- activities that incorporate new or emerging practices or that build on new partnerships and collaborations
2. Program & Project Grants
Grants are available up to a maximum of $12,500 to support:
- special, one-of-a-kind projects; AS WELL AS
- existing programs, productions or series that are undertaken on an annual or recurring basis
3. Annual Programming Support
Grants are available up to a maximum of $22,500 to support the eligible programming streams of organizations that do not otherwise qualify for Operating Assistance.
Celebrations & Events Grants seek to foster stronger community connections through the support and development of local events; to give expression to the full spectrum of diversity on the North Shore by supporting the growth of community and cultural celebrations; and to contribute to residents' quality of life through the support of arts festivals. Applications are accepted in three funding streams:
1. Community Events Grants
Grants are available up to a maximum of $4,500 to support smaller, neighbourhood-scale events that contribute to residents' sense of belonging, identity andd place. Community events are typically (but not exclusively) single-day events:
that foster community connecction
that evoke a sense of celebration
that offer opportunitites for local creative talent; AND
that provide an expression of the diversity and uniqueness of our community
2. Major Celebrations Grants
Grants are available up to a maximum of $12,500 for one-day events or up to a mximum of $17,500 for multi-day events. The purpose of the Major Celebrations funding stream is to support established events and cultural festivals:
- that present a coordinated program of cultural acctivities and entertainments, including artistic activities, exhibits and/or performances
- that demonstrate innovation and energy
- that foster connection through shared experience and celebration; AND
that provide a quality experience for residents and visitors alike
3. Arts Festivals
Grants are available up to a maximum of $20,000 to support Arts Festivals:
- that present an artisitically curated program exhibits, performances or other activities
- that demonstrate innovation and energy
- that inspire awareness of local and visiting talent; AND
- that provide a quality experience for residents and visitors alike
Applicants in the latter two categories should have an established audience or be able to show clear potential for significant audience development and should offer audiences a relatively unique experience not duplicated by other organizations and their activities.
The Community Public Art Grants Program provides opportunities to residents and artists to work collaboratively on an art project that addresses an issue or concern of mutual interest.
The City of North Vancouver sets aside a maximum of $15,000 annually as seed funding to encourage and support this type of community engagement.
The District of North Vancouver sets aside $7,500 annually, typically to support one or two community art projects a year.