Metro Vancouver awards $300,000 in regional culture project grants

METRO Vancouver announced on Monday that it has awarded $300,000 in regional culture project grants to 54 local arts and culture organizations — the highest single-year grant award in the program’s history.

Through its annual grant program, Metro Vancouver helps organizations research and produce new cultural programs, reach new audiences and cover project staffing and administrative needs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per project grant.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the arts and culture sector, which prompted Metro Vancouver to use a portion of its provincial Safe Restart funding to make a one-time increase to this year’s grant fund, doubling it to $300,000.

“We saw record-setting demand for cultural grants in 2021, both in terms of the number of applications and how much funding was being requested,” said Sav Dhaliwal, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. “Being able to award an additional $150,000 will help promote employment within creative sectors and enhance exposure to some of the most vibrant and artistic minds in our region.”

This year, Metro Vancouver received 106 applications from organizations seeking a total of $768,011 in funding for proposed projects. By comparison, in 2020, 54 applicants sought $377,230 in funding and 29 organizations shared $140,000 in grants.

“This year, the pandemic continued to have disastrous impacts on the region’s arts and culture sector,” said Lisa Muri, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Culture Committee. “We are proud to support region‐serving arts and cultural organizations who have shown resilience and creativity as they safely recover from such a challenging time. I am excited to see the many innovative and intriguing projects that we have supported come to fruition.”

Grant recipients represent the cultural mosaic of the region, showcasing creativity across a broad range of disciplines and providing access for a wide range of audiences.

In addition to annual grants, Metro Vancouver administers, a free online service for organizations and individuals to promote their local performances, exhibitions, events, venues and groups. You can sign up to Metro Vancouver’s mailing list to receive information about future culture grants and other notifications related to Metro Vancouver’s regional arts and culture.

2021 Culture Grant Recipients

Arts Club Theatre Company $10,000
Arts Umbrella Association $8,000
Bill Reid Foundation (Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art) $5,000
Blueridge Chamber Music Society $10,000
Chinatown Today Society $3,000
Coquitlam Heritage Society $5,000
Dancers of Damelahamid Society $5,000
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Society of Vancouver $5,000
East Vancouver Community Music School Society $2,500
Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival Society $10,000
Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society of BC (Fraser Valley Musical Theatre) $10,000
Health Arts Society $5,000
Hellenic Canadian Congress of British Columbia $5,000
Italian Cultural Centre Society $2,500
Latincouver Cultural and Business Society $10,000
Little Mountain Gallery Community Arts Performance Association $5,000
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Arts Council (The ACT Arts Centre) $5,000
Maple Ridge Historical Society (Maple Ridge Museum) $5,000
Massey Theatre Society $5,000
Medusa Theatre Society $3,500
Monster Creative Productions Society $5,000
New Performance Works Society $3,000
Neworld Theatre Society $5,000
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre $5,000
Peninsula Production Society $3,000
Presentation House Cultural Society (Presentation House Theatre) $5,000
Richmond Art Gallery Association $4,000
Richmond Arts Coalition $5,000
Richmond Gateway Theatre Society $5,000
Roedde House Preservation Society $2,500
Royal Academy of Bhangra Society $10,000
Sanjh Foundation $8,000
Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO Media Arts Centre) $5,000
Seismic Shift Arts Society (Dance House) $5,000
Shot of Scotch Dance Society $5,000
Some Assembly Arts Society (Some Assembly Theatre Company) $5,000
Still Moon Arts Society $10,000
Surrey City Orchestra Society $5,000
Theatre Terrific Society $5,000
Theatrix Youtheatre Society $5,000
United Scottish Cultural Society $5,000
Vancouver Art Gallery $10,000
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre $5,000
Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society $5,000
Vancouver Cantonese Opera $3,000
Vancouver Comic Arts Association $5,000
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Society $5,000
Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society $5,000
Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre Society $5,000
Vancouver Men’s Chorus $10,000
Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Society $5,000
Vancouver Society for Early Music (Early Music Vancouver) $2,500
Vancouver West Side Theatre Society (The Chutzpah! Festival and the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre) $5,000
West Van Theatre Company $4,500
TOTAL $300,000