Applications Open for the 2019 Surrey Cultural Grants Program

 Surrey Arts Centre. | Image: Art-BC.

Surrey Arts Centre. | Image: Art-BC.

The intake period for the 2019 City of Surrey Cultural Grants is now open.

The Cultural Grants Program supports a wide range of arts and cultural activity in Surrey, including artistic practices (music, dance, theatre, literary, visual, media, inter-disciplinary, community-based and Indigenous arts), and cultural celebrations and events that reflect Surrey’s diverse heritage and community.

Not-for-profit organizations that provide arts and cultural programming in Surrey can apply in one of three categories:

  • Project Grants: The most common grant stream, Project Grants support up to 50% of the costs of an arts or culture related project, up to a maximum of $10,000 (depending on eligibility). Typical projects include concerts and performances, exhibitions and screenings classes and educational programs, and cultural celebrations and events.
  • Capacity Building Grants: Capacity Building Grants support activities that increase organizational capacity, such as incorporation, strategic planning, website development, and board development, up to $3000.
  • Operating Grants: Operating grants aim to support and sustain the work of mature registered not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations that deliver consistent, meaningful, and original local programming, demonstrate sustainable administrative practices and organizational structures, and play a leadership role in enriching and enlivening Surrey’s cultural landscape. Under this category, eligible organizations can apply for up to 20% of their annual operating budget, to a maximum of $15,000.

To apply, organizations must submit an Expression of Interest form (available here) to culturalgrants@surrey.ca by September 26. Interested organizations are encouraged to attend a Cultural Grant Information Session on September 19 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.) at the Surrey Arts Centre.

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