Grants support equity, growth and development in arts & culture

Jun 01, 2021

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Commission has approved $69, 000 in funding for 20 local not-for-profit arts organizations through the Arts & Culture Support Service’s Equity, IDEA and Incubator grant programs.

“Funding recipients put forward impressive proposals that promise to benefit underserved artistic communities in particularly challenging times,” says CRD Arts Commission Chair Jeremy Loveday. “Moreover the projects funded will support the development of a more vibrant and inclusive regional arts ecosystem.”

Equity and IDEA (Innovate, Develop, Experiment, Access) grants aim to reach a broader representation of the artistic community in the region and remove barriers to public sector arts funding, while Incubator grants assist in the development of new arts projects in order to enhance the sustainability and resiliency of regional arts.

Grants will support a wide-variety of art initiatives including theatre workshops supporting the Filipino-Canadian community, Healing Drum sessions, an art installation in Victoria Native Friendship Centre’s Bruce Parisian Library, contemporary dance performances engaging Indigenous communities from South Vancouver Island, and the development of a play transcript about the experiences of formerly incarcerated people released during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the full list of recipients below and read more about the funded projects.

“While these grants may begin to address the many barriers associated with arts funding, we recognize this is part of a much larger picture,” says Loveday. “To further address systemic barriers associated with CRD arts funding, the Arts Commission made a commitment in January 2021 to apply an equity lens to CRD’s Arts & Culture operations and granting.”

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

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Jeremy Loveday, Chair
CRD Arts Commission
Tel. 250.634.2327

James Lam, Manager
CRD Arts & Culture
Tel. 250.360.3205

2021 CRD Arts & Culture Equity, IDEA & Incubator Grant Recipients
*new recipients

Equity Grants

Bayanihan Cultural & Housing | Rose Cortez*


Metchosin Arts & Cultural Centre | Laura Gildner*


Monoceros Education Society | Ardeo Mann*


Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria*


Victoria Native Friendship Association | Tanya Clarmont*





IDEA Grants

Active Passive Performance Society *


Creative Humanizing Project *


Friends of Bowker Creek Society


Friends of Music Society


Galiano Club*


Gorge Tillicum Community Association*


International Institute for Child Rights & Development


Jewish Community Centre of Victoria


Our Place Society


Pacific People's Partnership


Sooke Museum*


Victoria Women's Transition House


Vining St. Party Society*





Incubator Grants

Culture Den Society*


Noble Riot Dance Theatre*