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Grant Getting: A Different Sort of Art

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The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide 2nd Edition Published by Entreprising non-profits (ENP)
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Legal Structures for Social Enterprise in BC Published by the BC Centre for Social Enterprise
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Granting Agencies

Canada Council for the Arts

Heritage Canada
Cultural Investment Fund
Cultural Spaces Fund
Local festival Funding Program

BC Arts Council

BC Community Gaming Grants

BC Creative Spaces Fund

Creative BC

City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Grants

Capital Regional District Arts Funding

City of Kamloops

City of Kelowna Arts, Culture and Heritage Grants

City of Nelson Grants

Private Foundations that Support Art & Culture


Investors Group
Focus on community with art and culture grants

McLean Foundation
$10,991,061 donated to the arts between 1945-2012

Pixel Sweatshop Code for Change
Code for Change is a unique in-kind donation program to support select charitable organizations. Every year, we set aside 10% of our profits to put towards the Code for Change program. As part of the program, we will match your organization dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000 of in-kind support to help increase your reach through web, social and print media.

RBC Emerging Artists Project Grants
We offer two types of grants under the RBC Emerging Artist Project: program grants that support apprenticeship programs and award grants that support organizations offering recognition and support to apprentices and pre-professional artists.

Scotia Bank Bright Futures Program
Support to charitable organizations including arts and culture organizations

Telus Community Investment
Arts and Culture funding pillar

Hamber Foundation
The Foundation makes grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes within the Province of British Columbia.

Irving K Barber BC History Digitization Program
The British Columbia History Digitization Program promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to our unique provincial historical material.

Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation
The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation has provided funding to the cultural and creative arts communities of British Columbia since its inception in 1955.Eligible disciplines include: the visual arts, theatre, music, dance, festivals, heritage organizations, community arts councils, arts education, media arts, and libraries, particularly in smaller communities.

Provincial Employees Community Services Fund
Funding provided to local charities including art and culture organizations

Resilient Capital
Vancity and Vancouver Foundation have partnered to create the Resilient Capital, an investment program dedicated to accelerating the growth of organizations with proven business models that add to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of their communities. The Resilient Capital makes debt and equity investments in social enterprises, enabling enterprises to address social and environmental challenges and build resilient communities.

Vancity Community Foundation Strategic Programs
Funding is available for projects within our strategic focus areas of social enterprise development and community owned real estate

Vancouver Foundation
The purpose of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee is to make grants to support and encourage the growth and sustained presence of excellence in arts and cultural activities among diverse cultural communities throughout British Columbia.

Victoria Foundation
With our close connections to the non-profit sector, we provide insightful, effective grant distributions to improve the quality of life in our community (Vancouver Island). Arts. Culture and Heritage constitutes one of 5 funding priorities.

Metro Vancouver Cultural Grants
Funding assistance is available to arts and culture organizations for regional projects. The regional project grants support research, creation, production, dissemination, audience development, project staff and/or administrative capacity building and cap the per project grant awarded to a maximum of $10,000.

Italian Cultural Institute in Vancouver
Located in principal cities on five continents, the 90 Italian Cultural Institutes are ideal meeting places for intellectuals and artists, for professionals working with cultural organizations and events, and for members of the public interested in culture. Contact info: 500 – 510 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1L8, 604-688-0809,

Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation carries out all types of arts exchange programs in its endeavors to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and other countries of the world. Emphasis is placed on the introduction of the traditional and contemporary arts of Japan overseas and the introduction of overseas arts in Japan.

Warhol Foundation
The Foundation’s grantmaking activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists. The Foundation’s grant program is primarily focused on supporting institutions within the United States but occasionally funds international projects.


Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver
Contact information: 2020-666 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2X8 Phone: (1) 604-696-5311 – Fax: (1) 604-696-5366

British Consulate in Vancouver
Contact information: 1111 Melville Street, Suite 800
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3V6, 604 683 4421,

Consulate General of the People’ Republic of China in Vancouver
Contact information: 3380 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3K3, Tel: 604-734-7492, email:

Consulat Général de France
The cultural office of the Consulate general of France in Vancouver is in charge of developing cultural, educational and artistic relations and exchanges between France and Western Canada, under the general supervision of the cultural department of the French Embassy in Canada, based in Ottawa.
Support provided to Canadian partners includes advice and expertise, networking with French partners and institutions, as well as financial support. For 2011-2014, the following priorities are being considered : 1/ Developing exchanges and increasing networking between Canadian and French arts and culture professionals. 2/ Setting up residency programs for French artists and curators in Western Canada and developing long-term partnerships between French and Canadian institutions (lecture series …). 3/ Supporting invitation of artists, writers, directors, thinkers and other French arts and culture personalities to Western Canada.
Contact: Raynald BELAY – Cultural attaché / Juanita ODIN – Assistant. Consulate General of France in Vancouver #1100 – 1130 West Pender street Vancouver, BC, V6E 4A4 CANADA Tél. : (1) 604-637-5294 Fax : (1) 604-637-5291 E-mail : culturel’at’

Consulate General of the federal republic of Germany
Foreign cultural policy is considered the third pillar of German foreign policy, along with classical diplomacy and the promotion of the export industry. Together with the Goethe-Institut in Toronto, the cultural section of the Consulate General supports and organizes German cultural projects and promotes German as a foreign language. Contact the Consulate’s Cultural section

Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver
Contact info:1100 – 510 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8, 604 684 7288,
Italian Cultural Institute in Vancouver
Located in principal cities on five continents, the 90 Italian Cultural Institutes are ideal meeting places for intellectuals and artists, for professionals working with cultural organizations and events, and for members of the public interested in culture. Contact info: 500 – 510 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1L8, 604-688-0809,

Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver
Cultural Events and Japan Foundation Contact information: culture [at], 900-1177 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2K9 Tel: (604) 684-5868
Japan Foundation Visual Arts Programs

Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver
Contact info: #1600-1090 West Georgia St. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada. V6E 3V7, 604-681-9581,

Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation
Contact information: 1012 – 409 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1T2, 604-559-7877,