CRD Arts & Culture funds 94 arts organizations and initiatives in 2022

Jul 29, 2022

Victoria, BC – This spring an additional 46 arts initiatives have been funded through the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service through Equity, IDEA and the April Project grant intakes, bringing allotments across all CRD Arts & Culture grant types to 94 recipients with $2.59M distributed. The number of applicants and grants distributed are now at pre-COVID numbers.

“The demand for arts programming and funding has been incredible,” says CRD Arts Commission Chair Jeremy Loveday. “Each adjudication was highly competitive, and the programs we were able to fund are now adding to the vibrancy of the region, benefiting both residents and visitors.”

The spring recipients include a mix of well-established programming, such as the 23rd Annual Ska and Reggae Festival and programming by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, as well as new and burgeoning initiatives in the region, such as the Victoria Bicycle Music Festival and Supply Victoria, a non-profit that redistributes used art supplies.  View the list of all 2022 Arts & Culture grant recipients (PDF) and descriptions of 2022 Equity and IDEA grant initiatives (PDF) and April Project grant initiatives (PDF).

The April Project and Equity, Incubator and IDEA grants were also the first adjudications to be affected by Phase One of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework established earlier this year, resulting in changes to the application and adjudication processes.

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. Learn more at

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