Festival Investment Grants Connect Communities During Pandemic

This spring, through the Festival Investment Grant program, the City is supporting 34 festivals with nearly $270,000 in funding and more than $100,000 of in-kind contributions to pivot to alternative online programming or reduced in-person events later in the year.

“Festivals add to the vitality and cultural diversity of Victoria and I am excited to see the wide range of events, from dance and theatre to music and community groups. This year’s Festival Investment Grants will help events continue safely at a time when we need them most,” said Mayor Lisa Helps.

"The ongoing support from the FIG program, with cash and in-kind support, is a pillar for SKAMpede and for many other organizations in Victoria,” said Matthew Payne, Artistic and Managing Producer at Theatre SKAM. “Statistic nerds like me will enjoy the fact that the investment returns $1.36 for every dollar invested. Smart move, City of Victoria!”

All of this year’s recipients are returning applicants. The Festival Investment Grant program has been running for 22 years and has allocated over $3 million in grants to nurture the development and sustainability of high-quality annual festivals and celebrations. During the pandemic, the funding has helped festival organizers shift the nature of festival events online to connect communities to art and celebrations at a time when opportunities for in-person events are limited.

The pursuit of arts, culture and tourism opportunities is a key goal of the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan.

Learn more about Festival Investment Grants at victoria.ca/FIG.