Festivals & Festival Investment Grants

High quality festivals and celebrations contribute to a community's well-being and economic health.

The pursuit of arts, culture and tourism opportunities is one of our primary objectives as a means to strengthen our downtown and enhance livability. Learn more about festivals held in Victoria with CityVibe, the guide to summer festivals and events.
 

Planning a festival in the City of Victoria? Read on to learn more about the City's Festival Investment Grants.

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.

Outdoor festivals and celebrations add to the vitality and cultural diversity of the City.  The City's annual grant and in-kind support nurtures the development and sustainability of high-quality annual festivals and celebrations. 

Application Process

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

Budgets

Accurate, realistic and detailed budgeting is critical for the long and short term success of festivals and events.  Careful completion of the revenue and expenditure sheets will help determine your event's cultural investment in the community and highlight annual changes to your festival. It is critical that applicants ensure the following specific details are adhered to:

  • 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 in equal measure
  • Blended sponsorships if in-kind and cash contributions must be reflected separately

A budget that does not conform to the above format will not be reviewed.

Below are examples 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.

Documents and Forms

Reporting:

Timeline

  • Deadline for receipt of application                         October 31 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Review                                                               November - December
  • Staff recommendations presented to council          December/January
  • 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.