New Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program Launches

The City of Victoria has launched the new Cultural Infrastructure Grant with $125,000 to support Victoria-based, non-profit arts and cultural organizations in 2021.

“Supporting affordable and accessible cultural spaces is a key foundational element of every thriving arts and culture scene,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “Cultural spaces are a nexus for creative work and play opportunities as well as economic development. Providing funding opportunities now ­– as arts and culture organizations are struggling a year into the pandemic – will increase Victoria’s supply of cultural spaces and improve existing facilities so when we can gather again residents and visitors can continue to experience more art, more often, in safe, accessible spaces.”

Non-profit organizations can apply for up to $25,000 for physical infrastructure upgrades, equipment and land purchase or up to $10,000 for a planning or feasibility study to help build organizational capacity in areas including business development, real-estate development, facilities planning and architecture. Applicants can apply for only one type of funding support.

The Cultural Infrastructure Grant encourages artist collaboration and the sharing of non-profit art facilities and resources between diverse artistic mediums and cultural communities. Applicants can submit either individual or joint applications for one type of funding only. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Interested artists are invited to attend an online information session on April 22, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. To register, please email culture@victoria.ca.

To learn more, visit victoria.ca/CIG.