CRD Arts Commission approves $120,000 in grants for arts projects

Mar 29, 2022

Victoria, BC– This spring 18 non-profit arts organizations will receive funding through the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service to create and present arts projects for the benefit of the region. 

Approved last week through the Arts Commission, this Project, Series and Extended Programming (Project) Grant intake will support much loved events and festivals such as the Victoria Ska and Reggae festival and the Victoria Festival of Authors, as well as extended programming for organizations such as Fifty Fifty Arts Collective and Suddenly Dance Theatre. 

“It is exciting to receive so many applications this year. After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, there is clearly enthusiasm and demand for arts programming in our communities, and this funding will help local arts organizations bring these events to life,” says Arts Commission Chair Jeremy Loveday.

Twenty six eligible applications were received in this intake, compared to 17 applications in January 2021 and an average of 27.8 applications in the 5 years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Total requests were over double the available amount of funding, however the Arts Commission was able to fund two new recipients: Arts on View and La Société francophone de Victoria. View the list of recipients below and descriptions of funded programming (PDF).

The second and final deadline for 2022 Project Grants is Thursday, April 21 at 4:30pm. Learn more about Project Grants and register for the upcoming information session.

The approved grants meet the CRD’s mandate to support, promote and celebrate arts and culture. The CRD Arts & Culture Support Service is supported by Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke and Southern Gulf Islands. For more information, visit

Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at


For media inquiries, please contact:

Jeremy Loveday, Chair
CRD Arts Commission
Tel. 250.634.2327


Chris Gilpin, Manager
CRD Arts & Culture
Tel. 250.360.3205


 January 2022 Project Grant recipients

*newly funded organizations

 Afro Latin Cultural Exchange $5,500 
 Alter Arts Society  $7,200
 *Arts on View  $6,000
 Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre  $7,500
 Campbell Bay Music Festival  $8,000
 Caravan World Rhythms  $5,000
 Fifty Fifty Arts Collective  $7,300
 Flamenco de la Isla Society  $6,000
 Garden City Electronic Music  $10,000
 Hispanic Film Society  $3,500
 Impulse Theatre  $8,000
 Meridiem Wind Orchestra  $3,500
 *La Société francophone de Victoria  $5,500
 Sooke Fine Arts  $4,000
 Suddenly Dance Theatre  $8,000
 Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society  $11,000
 Victoria Festival of Authors  $10,000
 Victoria Summer Music  $4,000
 Total  $120,000