The CRD Arts Development Service provides funding support to arts organizations on behalf of 8 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 has 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. 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 Program Deadlines:

Operating Grants 2017

Deadline TBA

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

Project Grants 2017

2017 application deadlines: Wednesday, January 11th and Wednesday, April 26th, 4:30pm

  • Project Grant Guidelines 2017
  • Please note: Changes to Financial Statement requirements will take effect in 2018. For details please see the 2017 Guidelines, or contact the Arts Development office.
  • Project Grant Sample Application
  • Please contact the Arts Development office to request an application form.
  • Final Report form
  • Please contact the Arts Development office to request a final report form.

IDEA Grants 2017

The IDEA Grant program is currently under review; more information will be provided in early 2017.

Contact Us

Tel: 250.360.3215