Applications Open for Vancouver Public Art Community Grants

Is your Vancouver-based non-profit interested in undertaking a community public art project?

As part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Boost, funding for small-scale, one-time community public art projects has been significantly expanded for the next two years. The maximum grant available has increased from $10,000 to $20,000.

Changes to the program broadens the eligibility criteria to include arts and cultural organizations that currently receive other grant funding from the City. It also increases the total funding budget to allow for an increase in the projects that are funded.

Examples of past projects include:

Funds are available just once per year.

Application Deadline

December 7, 2016

Eligible applicants

  • Vancouver-based not-for-profit societies
  • Community service co-ops registered with BC Registry Service
  • Registered charities with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • First Nation Band Councils
  • In operation for at least six months before the application deadline

Eligible projects

One-time temporary or permanent public art projects that are publicly accessible and engage communities, such as:

  • Free-standing sculpture or other site interventions
  • Two-dimensional work (murals, mosaics)
  • Video and LED artworks (digital projections and lighting)
  • Artist-designed, exceptional site elements (pavement patterns, walls, gateways, place markers)
  • Unique functional art (benches, bus shelters, bike racks, light standards or other streetscape amenities)

Projects involving emerging artists and diverse cultures are encouraged.

Ineligible projects

  • Annual or recurring projects
  • Festivals, celebrations, parades, sporting events, demonstrations, marches, or rallies
  • Third party fundraising, commercially-oriented activities, or third-party advertising
  • Core artistic training and in-class activity
  • Projects and activity outside Vancouver city limits

How to apply

Program Updates: If your non-profit society has received, or is applying, for Project, Operating, Annual Assistance, or Community Arts grants, you are still eligible to apply for this program. Your project must be new.

1. Read the information guide  (224 KB), which details:

  • Grant objectives
  • Eligibility
  • Assessment criteria
  • Application process and timeline
  • Conditions of assistance
  • Confidentiality
  • Additional resources

2. Contact City of Vancouver Cultural Planner Marcia Belluce at 604 871 6875 or to discuss your organization and project's eligibility, get advice, and receive an application form

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