Arts and Culture grants program
Arts and culture has the power to enrich, educate and inspire.
The purpose of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee is to make grants to support and encourage the growth and sustained presence of excellence in arts and cultural activities among diverse cultural communities throughout British Columbia.
Arts and Culture guiding principles and funding priorities
- Artistic Intention
Artistic practice that demonstrates depth, potential impact, and/or the courage to explore an individual’s or a group’s artistic vision
- Creativity & Growth
Innovation and exploring new possibilities, with a willingness to take risks and embrace new ideas
- Diversity of Conception & Participation
Including inter-disciplinary collaboration and inclusivity of different cultures, peoples, experiences, practices, and worldviews
- Community Engagement and Social Connection
Fostering belonging and forming bonds between and within communities, cultivating audiences and social connections
- Organizational Capacity
Ability to carry out the project as planned.
Arts and Culture criteria
In addition to the Vancouver Foundation Granting Criteria listed here, the Arts and Culture Granting Committee has the following criteria for applicants:
- The applicant must be a professional arts or cultural organization based in British Columbia (including partnerships with professional arts or cultural organizations, or Arts departments of universities and colleges)
- The applicant must be a non-profit organization with a registered charity number (CRA)
- First Nations or Métis that may be considered a public body performing a function of government that can demonstrate capacity to oversee an arts and culture grant
- Preference will be given to organizations that have not received Arts and Culture funding from Vancouver Foundation in the previous funding year
- Preference will be given to projects with a new initiative or work (including substantial interpretation or adaptation of an existing work)
- Geographic & Regional – Organizations serving communities throughout the province with emphasis on regional collaborations
- Sectoral breadth – representing various areas of art and culture, including visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and film.
Advisory Committee members
Chief Justice Robert Bauman, Chair
Alvin Erasga Tolentino
Vancouver Foundation contacts
Assistant, Grants & Community Initiatives
Manager, Grants & Community Initiatives
Director, Grants & Community Initiatives