CACV Accepting Proposals for DTES Community Arts Fund Program

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) is accepting applications for collaborative community arts projects from Downtown Eastside organizations. The application, budget template, and detailed project guidelines, as well as information on an info session and grant writing workshop, can be found below. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to consult with the program coordinator prior to submission.

Application Package and Instructions:

DTES CAF Application Form 2017-2018
DTES Guidelines-Program Description 2017-2018
Instructions to add text to the PDF application

Info Session/Grant-Writing Workshop:

Applicants are encouraged to register below for the info session/grant-writing workshop with Kelty (the program coordinator). The workshop will cover eligibility, writing a strong proposal for the CAF program, and developing a good budget, and will also offer insight into the priorities of the adjudication committee in years past. Space is limited to 20.

The workshop will take place Jan. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the 5th Floor Meeting Room, Woodward’s Building, 111 West Hastings St, Vancouver. Interested parties can register on Eventbrite.


Proposals are invited from:

  1. Downtown Eastside-serving organizations registered to an address within the geographic boundaries of the neighbourhood (for the purposes of this program: Waterfront to Terminal, Clark to Cambie).
  2. Organization(s) working collaboratively with an artist.
  3. Organizations that are incorporated as a society in good standing with the Province of British Columbia and have operated as an incorporated society for at least one fiscal year prior to the application date.

More details to consider:

  1. Projects must take place between July 2017 and June 2018.
  2. While the project must be a community-engaged arts project, the organizations do not need to be primarily arts organizations.
  3. Projects should demonstrate primary impact within the Downtown Eastside community, although activities taking place outside of the neighbourhood can be included.
  4. Although not a requirement, projects involving meaningful collaboration with another organization (DTES or non-DTES) will be preferred.


  1. Individuals are not eligible to apply for funding.
  2. On-going programs are not eligible for funding.
  3. Capital expenditures, fundraising projects and organizational operating expenses are not eligible.


The mandate of the DTES Community Arts Fund is to facilitate community-led renewal through the arts, with the following priorities in mind:

  1. Promote health and wellbeing through involvement with the arts including opportunities for involvement in the arts as a potential vehicle for employment and income generation for local artists.
  2. Promote social transformation through the arts by speaking to social issues and social change in ways that inform and create understanding within and across groups.
  3. Build bridges by involving the diverse communities of the DTES and people from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in creating shared interests and a shared voice.


Submissions are due by Mar. 20, 2017.

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