Underutilized Spaces Vancouver Civic Theatres Grant Application Now Available

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza | Image via City of Vancouver website

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza | Image via City of Vancouver website

Vancouver arts organizations and other non-profit community groups are invited to submit an application now for the 2017 grant program, which focuses on the activation of underutilized spaces in Vancouver Civic Theatres. 

The Underutilized Vancouver Civic Theatre Spaces grant program began as a pilot project in April 2016 with a goal of providing local not-for-profit arts, cultural, and community groups with a grant to reduce the gap between the City's rental rates for civic theatres and the ability of groups to pay the rent. 

Approved for another three years by Mayor and Council in October, the program will provide $550,000 in subsidies through 2019. The initiative will contribute to Vancouver’s livable city status by providing urban spaces for community engagement focusing on local food, health, wellness and diversity. 

A total of $150,000 in funding is available in 2017 towards the programming of the underutilized spaces within our venue collective.

Spaces eligible for the grant are:

  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre outdoor plaza
  • Orpheum Annex
  • Orpheum Granville Street box office and lobby
  • Lobby of all four venues

Organizations applying must have a cultural, social, or other not-for-profit mandate.


Intake for the grant program is on-going throughout the year and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early! 

Applications opened on November 2, 2016. Click here to download the fillable PDF application form. 

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