The CRD Arts Development Service provides funding support to arts organizations on behalf of eight participating municipalities: Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Metchosin, Highlands and Sidney. Although not a participant in the Service, the municipality of North Saanich has provided a donation in support of regional arts since 2013.

The Arts Service has two funding programs:

  • Operating Grants provide annual financial assistance to established arts organizations for ongoing programming and administrative expenses
  • Project Grants support emerging or established arts organizations for new, recurring or developmental initiatives

The IDEA Grants (Innovate, Develop, Experiment, Access) program finished the second of a three-year pilot in 2016 and is currently under review.

CRDartsfuture-logoBuilding our #ArtsFuture Together!

An extensive public consultation process gained input from over 1,100 residents, resulting in a draft Implementation Priorities and Action Plan for the Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Development Service.

The final public consultation, to review the draft Implementation Priorities and Action Plan, was held on November 3rd, 2016. Thank you to the 110 participants for working, reflecting, sharing, and sharpening our consultant's Draft plan. All the summary reports of the various stages of the community engagement are available at Buildingour#ArtsFutureTogether.

On March 29, 2017, the Arts Commission adopted the recommended actions in the Implementation Plan for Building Our #ArtsFuture Together. Please see the full Implementation Plan for details.

Or, to stay up to date, like Feed the Arts in the CRD on Facebook or follow @FeedtheArtsYYJ on Twitter.

Let's talk about building our #ArtsFuture together!

Arts Updates

Past Funding Recipients

About Arts Development

  • Learn more about Arts Development Authority and Administration in the CRD
  • Learn more about Arts in the News

Arts & Entertainment

Calendar of Events - a listing of arts events presented in the CRD


The Arts Service manages Landmarks, a searchable website dedicated to the presentation of public art in the region. This service is provided on behalf of arts service municipalities with public art policies.

Funding Programs:

New Financial statement requirements for Operating Grant applicants are effective as of the Fall 2017 application deadline; new Financial Statement requirements for Project Grant applicants are effective as of January 2018.

Operating Grants - Fall 2018

Application deadline TBA.

Note: All Applications are in two parts: Part A (Word) and Part B (Excel).

Please go to Applying for an Operating Grant or refer to the Operating Grant Guidelines for changes regarding Financial statements.

Project Grants - 2018

Application deadlines:
January 11th, 2018, 4:30pm
May 3rd, 2018, 4:30pm

Please go to 2018 Project Grant Guidelines for changes to the Financial Statement requirements.

Contact Us

Tel: 250.360.3215