Equity Grants

Equity grants fund arts programs by and for communities that face significant collective barriers to accessing funding. This marginalization may be based on race, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, disability, or something else.

This grant can support:

  • artistic growth
  • development and production of an artistic project
  • presentation or circulation of an artistic project
  • and other activities

Next deadline: Spring 2025 (TBD)

Who can apply

Applicants must either be:

  • A non-profit organization registered in BC from a marginalized community.
  • A project leader who is:
    • an individual or group from a marginalized community, and 
    • has found a willing non-profit sponsor organization.

Marginalized communities include but are not limited to:

  • First Nations, Inuit or Métis
  • Racialized or people of colour
  • Deaf
  • LGBTQ2+
  • People who have/are: blind or low vision, physically impaired, mobility issues, or use mobility or other assistive devices
  • People who are: neurodiverse, living with mental or chronic illness
  • Other (tell us using the self-identification form)

Sponsor organizations may include:

  • Non-profit organizations in one of the following jurisdictions, based on their physical address:
    • Saanich
    • Victoria
    • Oak Bay
    • Esquimalt
    • View Royal
    • Highlands
    • Metchosin
    • Sooke
    • Southern Gulf Islands (except Salt Spring Island)
  • Organizations applying for Operating Grants and Project Grants can apply for their grant and act as a sponsor organization at the same time.

Sponsor organizations may not include:

  • Organizations with overdue payments to any local government.
  • Organizations that are bankrupt, seeking creditor protection, are unable to pay debts when they are due, or are under court supervision.

How to apply

  1. Read through the guidelines and sample application form for Equity Grants.
  2. Contact us to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application and self-identification forms. Be sure to show how the project will benefit people in the capital region.
  4. If you have a sponsor organization, have them provide back-up documents. This should include an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) of the payment schedule.
  5. Sign and scan page one of Part A of the application. Include this when you submit your application and supporting documents.
  6. Email your application to the address found on the application form by 4:30 pm on the deadline.

If you have problems completing the application or emailing it to us, contact us at 250.360.3215.

Ineligible activities

  • Purchasing, improving or maintaining capital assets (such as buildings, vehicles, equipment or land)
  • Fundraising activities, contests or competitions
  • Scholarships

Tips for finding a sponsor organization

If you are a project leader or group looking for a sponsor:

  • Focus your search. Look for non-profit organizations that align with your goals or communities you want to reach with your project. Consider partnering with an organization you are already involved with. Learn more about potential sponsors by reading their mandate and activities. This information is often listed on their website or available by request.
  • Start early. It will take you and your sponsor organization some time to put your application together.
  • Make sure you and your sponsor organization are clear about roles and payment. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) you make with your sponsor should include this information.

Examples of eligible activities

  • An Indigenous art collective partners with a non-profit organization in Metchosin. Together they request $5,000. They use this funding to develop a series of site-specific performance pieces.
  • A Deaf artist partners with an organization in Saanich. Together they request $2,000 for an art program for the Deaf community.
  • An organization in Esquimalt requests $2,500 to present a Queer film festival.
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If you receive a grant

Acknowledge CRD support

You should acknowledge CRD Arts & Culture support in any promotion material related to your funded project.

Final reports

You must send us a final report within two months of completing your project. You also have the option of having an interview in place of a written final report. Contact us to request final report forms or to request an interview.

Contact Us

Confirm eligibility and request an application form:
Tel: 250.360.3215
Email Arts & Culture


Grant Amount

Up to $10,000