About Equity Grants

BeauDick-hhEquity 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 2021 application deadline for this program is Thursday, March 25th at 4:30pm. Application is by email only. Submit a complete application by 4:30pm on the deadline.

Is a final report required?

Recipients of Equity Grants are required to file a final report and grant story within two months of the completion of the project.

To request the final report forms, please contact the Arts & Culture Support Service at 250.360.3215 or by email.

The final report is in three parts: Part A (Word); Part B (Excel); grant story template (Word). We are unable to link to these formats online however a PDF sample has been provided for information.

What are the grant amounts?

Grant amounts are up to $5000.

Who can apply for this grant?

The applicant must be either:

A. a society registered in BC from a self-identified community; or,

B. an individual or group from a self-identified community who is not a society but who is leading a project and has 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
  • 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 are eligible?

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 society in Metchosin to request $5000 to develop a series of site-specific performance pieces.

What are the steps to apply?

  1. Review guidelines, reference the glossary and FAQs.
  2. Contact us to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  3. Complete application and self-identification forms.
  4. Please sign and scan page one of Part A of the application and include this with your digital application.
  5. Compile supporting documents. Provide a digital copy by 4:30pm on the deadline.
  6. If you have difficulty meeting this requirement please contact us at 250.360.3215.

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

Guidelines and Sample Applications



Sample application and self-identification forms are available for informational purposes:

© Image of Beau Dick Memorial mural by Kay Gallivan, courtesy the artist

Contact Us

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

Tel: 250.360.3215