IDEA Grants

IDEA (Innovate, Develop, Experiment, Access) Grants fund organizations without an arts mandate. Funding can be used for arts projects and events taking place in Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke or Southern Gulf Islands (excluding Salt Spring Island).

Next deadline: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 4:30pm

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be:

  • A non-profit organization registered in BC
  • In one of the following jurisdictions, based on the organization’s physical address:
    • Saanich
    • Victoria
    • Oak Bay
    • Esquimalt
    • View Royal
    • Highlands
    • Metchosin
    • Sooke
    • Southern Gulf Islands

Applicants must not be:

  • Individual artists.
  • Programs of civic departments or branches (such as libraries or community centres).
  • Organizations that receive operating funding from the CRD.
  • 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.

Ineligible activities

Expenses that are not eligible for funding include:

  • Purchasing, improving or maintaining capital assets (such as buildings, vehicles, equipment or land).
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Contests or competitions.
  • Scholarships.
  • Activities that have already happened.

How to Apply

  1. Review the guidelines and sample application for IDEA Grants.
  2. Contact us to confirm your organization is eligible and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application and gather any back-up documents. Make sure to show how your project will benefit residents in the capital region.
  4. Sign and scan the first page of Part A of the application. Include this when you send your application.
  5. Email your complete application to the address on the application form by 4:30 pm on the deadline.

Information sessions

Join CRD Arts & Culture staff for an online info session on February 29, 2024, from 12-1pm to learn about applying for IDEA Grants. A short presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

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. Contact us to request final report forms.  

Contact Us

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


Grant Amount

Up to $3,000