About Equity Grants

Equity Grants are to support arts initiatives by applicants from communities that are at-risk of exclusion or have difficulty accessing support for systemic reasons. Supported activities include, but are not limited to, support of artistic growth, development, production and dissemination.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:30pm.

What are the grant amounts?

Grant amounts are up to $5000.

Who can apply for this grant?

The applicant must be either:

  1. a society registered in BC from a self-identified community; or,
  2. an individual or group from a self-identified community who are not a society but who are leading a project and have found a society willing to act as, what we call, a Sponsor Society.

Examples of potential self-identified communities include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous
  • Racialized persons or people of colour
  • Deaf
  • LGBTQ2
  • Those living with challenges related to a physical disability
  • Those living with challenges related to a mental illness
  • Other (you tell us using the self-identification form in the application package)

Potential Sponsor Societies include:

  • Non-arts mandated societies.
  • Arts-mandated societies, including those meeting the eligibility for the CRD Project Grant program; such organizations may apply concurrently as a Sponsor Society to the Equity Grant program and to the Project Grant program.

Organizations receiving support through the CRD Operating Grant program are not eligible to be a Sponsor Society under this program.

Organizations in arrears with any local authority, are bankrupt, seeking creditor protection, are insolvent, or under court supervision of any kind are not eligible to apply.

What kinds of activities is the grant for?

Please show how the project will benefit residents in the capital region in the proposal.

Eligible expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Support for artistic growth.
  • Development of an art project.
  • Production of an arts event.
  • Dissemination of an artistic creation.

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Equipment purchases or other major capital expenditures.
  • Fundraising activities, contests or competitions.
  • Scholarships.


  • A not-for-profit organization in Saanich requests $2000 for an art participation program for the deaf community.
  • A not-for-profit organization in Esquimalt requests $2500 for a trans-inclusion film festival.
  • An Indigenous arts collective partners with a not-for-profit community society in Metchosin to request $5000 to develop a series of site-specific performance pieces.

What are the application steps?

  1. Contact us to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  2. Review guidelines, reference the glossary and FAQs.
  3. Complete application and self-identification forms. Compile supporting documents. Provide a digital copy and a hard copy by 4:30pm on the deadline. If you have difficulty meeting this requirement please contact us at 250.360.3215.

Send the documents to the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service email address found on the application form.

Deliver hard copy set of documents to:

CRD Arts & Culture Support Service
625 Fisgard Street PO Box 1000
Victoria BC V8W 2S6 (Courier: V8W 1R7)

Deaf Interpreter: Rae-Mairi Richardson

Contact Us

Contact us to confirm eligibility and to request an application form:

Tel: 250.360.3215