Festival Investment Grants

The Festival Investment Grant is intended to nurture outdoor festivals and celebrations held within the City of Victoria, facilitate their growth and ensure their continued success.

This financial support assists organizations with the development of new festivals and celebrations or to improve or expand existing events. The Festival Investment Grant (FIG) was established in 1999 and has since awarded over $4 million to local non profit arts and culture organizations in cash and in-kind services for events, festivals and community celebrations. This support helps to sustain a healthy community and vibrant downtown core, enhance economic development, and offers exposure to new art forms. 

Application Process

Applicants must be submitted by email to culture@victoria.ca by Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Late applications, or applications submitted in person will not be accepted. 

Information Session

Learn more at the Festival and Investment Grants Information Session on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from noon - 1 p.m. at Victoria City Hall. Join festival and events funders for coffee, treats and 30 minutes of program overviews followed by a general Q&A and an informal meet and mingle. Most of the grant administrators will be available until 1:30pm for informal discussions.

Participating agencies will include:
• City of Victoria (host)
• Capital Regional District Arts Development Service (CRD)
• Province of BC Francophone Affairs Program
• Tourism Victoria
• Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
• BC Arts Council
• BC Gaming

City staff will be available to advise on City-venue specific inquiries as well as offer overviews of programs delivered by senior government agencies not listed above. The session is FREE. For more information email jday@victoria.ca.

Budgets

While we make sure to look at grant applications both qualitatively as well as quantitatively, budgets are still one of the most important aspects of the application as they allow us to track progress and changes year to year, as well as enable us to see how your dollars are being spent in our community.  As such, we need budgets submitted in a specific manner. 

Please make sure:

  • Budgets are submitted using the templates provided
  • In-kind sponsorships are clearly identified as in-kind
  • In-kind sponsorships are shown in revenues AND expenditures
  • Blended sponsorships are broken out to show the in-kind versus cash portion

A budget that does not conform to the points above will be rejected. 

Below is an example of how to correctly identify in-kind revenues and expenditures. Note that the in-kind sponsorships on the revenues side are identical to the in-kind on the expenditures side. Additionally, West Coast Bakery's in-kind sponsorship of $500 is a separate line item from their $250 cash donation.

Revenues:

 

Expenditures:

 

Documents and Forms

Reporting:

Timeline

  • Deadline for receipt of application                         October 31, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Review and jury                                                     November - December 2018
  • Staff recommendations presented to council        December 2018/January 2019
  • Grant awards announced                                      January
  • Initial cheques cut                                                 July
  • Second cheques cut                                             Upon receipt of final report
  • Final report due                                                     October 31 at 4:30 p.m.

For More Information

Please email culture@victoria.ca