Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Commission has approved funding for 53 local not-for-profit arts organizations delivered through the Arts Development Service. A total of $2,312,350 will be invested in the local arts economy through the 2018 Operating Grant program and the first intake of the 2018 Project Grant program.
“The arts organizations that receive CRD Development Arts Service funding create thousands of affordable arts events and contribute to our local economy,” says Colin Plant, Chair of the CRD Arts Commission. “Arts organizations also strengthen our communities by fostering social inclusion and creating jobs – it is an important investment in a vibrant, livable region.”
Organizations funded through the 2017 Operating and Project Grant programs produced over 2900 arts initiatives that included dance, music, theatre, and visual, literary and media arts. These activities enrich audience experiences, create volunteer opportunities and raise the profile of the region. Funded organizations create employment and generate business activity.
Operating Grants provide annual financial assistance to established arts organizations for ongoing programming and administrative expenses. Project Grants support arts organizations undertaking one-time initiatives, as well as projects of a developmental or recurring nature. The deadline for the second intake for the Project Grant program is May 3, 2018.
The CRD Arts Development Service is provided on behalf of: Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sidney and Southern Gulf Islands. The municipality of North Saanich has provided a donation in support of regional arts since 2013.
For further information, a complete list of Operating and Project Grant recipients, and other grant opportunities, visit www.crd.bc.ca/service/arts-funding.
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 www.crd.bc.ca.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Colin Plant, Chair
CRD Arts Commission
James Lam, Manager
CRD Arts Development Service