Grant programs provide financial support to community organizations to advance important programs and services to residents.
In response to COVID-19, Council directed staff to undertake a second round of Strategic Plan grants of up to $250,000 with an exclusive focus on recovery projects related to COVID-19. This one time-limited grant program was specifically designed to ignite and nurture community based COVID-19 recovery work as well as a new catalyst to kick-start our city's resurgence.
Council has also approved a new Everyday Creativity Grant Program to increase access for everyone to be creative and enjoy the arts. A total of $125,000 is available and grants would encourage applicants to provide new creative programs to engage citizens in the arts and encourage broad participation and learning opportunities.
To help with Community Recovery and Resiliency an additional $100,000 has been allocated to the My Great Neighbourhood Grant program.
For more information please see the grant program links below.
The program areas are:
- Cultural Infrastructure Grants (NEW)
- Strategic Plan Grants
- Growing in the City Grants
- My Great Neighbourhood Grants
- Festival Investment Grants
- Direct-Award Grants
Cultural Infrastructure Grants
Cultural Infrastructure Grants are awarded annually through a competitive application process to not-for-profit organizations. They support Victoria-based arts and culture facilities with redevelopment and expansion of existing or new spaces, physical infrastructure and accessibility upgrades, specialized equipment purchase. They can also be used for planning or feasibility studies to build organizational capacity in areas including facilities planning and design and needs assessments. Click here for detailed information including program guidelines, eligibility criteria, application forms, and timelines.
Strategic Plan Grants
Strategic Plan Grants are awarded annually by Council through a competitive process and are for eligible organizations working on a project or program that supports the actions and outcomes of the City of Victoria's 2019-2022 Strategic Plan objectives.
Click here for frequently asked questions regarding the Strategic Plan Grants.
Growing in the City Grants
Learn more about the various City grants that support community-led urban agriculture programs and activities, including community gardening, boulevard gardening, food tree stewardship and the City’s seedling and garden material distribution program, Get Growing, Victoria!
My Great Neighbourhood Grants
My Great Neighbourhood Grants support citizen-initiated projects and activities that animate community spaces and create gathering spots to bring people together. Click here to learn more about My Great Neighbourhood Grants.
Festival Investment Grants
Festival Investment Grants are guided by the Festival Investment Grant Policy and are awarded by Council through a competitive process annually. Learn more about Festival Investment Grants.
Direct Award Grants
Direct-Award Grants are paid to organizations that deliver a service on behalf of the City on an ongoing basis, including organizations that operate a City-owned facility. These grants are awarded annually by Council without a competitive process; annual reporting back to the City is required. Direct-Award Grants include:
- Operating, youth programming and youth outreach grants to community and seniors centres
- Per capita grants to each neighbourhood
- Grants to Victoria Civic Heritage Trust and Victoria Heritage Foundation
- Grant to Recreation Integration Victoria
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