IDEA Grants

IDEA (Innovate, Develop, Experiment, Access) Grants fund organizations without an arts mandate. Funding can be used for arts projects and events taking place in Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke or Southern Gulf Islands (excluding Salt Spring Island).

Next deadline: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 4:30pm
Email your application by the deadline.

Equity, IDEA and Incubator Grant Info Session

Wednesday, March 1 from 12pm(noon) - 1pm

New to our grants? Need a refresher? Or want to hear more about the process and get a few application tips? Join CRD Arts & Culture staff for an online info session. A short presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be:

  • A non-profit organization registered in BC
  • In one of the following jurisdictions, based on the organization’s physical address:
    • Saanich
    • Victoria
    • Oak Bay
    • Esquimalt
    • View Royal
    • Highlands
    • Metchosin
    • Sooke
    • Southern Gulf Islands

Applicants must not be:

  • Individual artists.
  • Programs of civic departments or branches (such as libraries or community centres).
  • Organizations that receive operating funding from the CRD.
  • Organizations with overdue payments to any local government.
  • Organizations that are bankrupt, seeking creditor protection, are unable to pay debts when they are due, or are under court supervision.

Ineligible activities

Expenses that are not eligible for funding include:

  • Purchasing, improving or maintaining capital assets (such as buildings, vehicles, equipment or land).
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Contests or competitions.
  • Scholarships.
  • Activities that have already happened.

How to Apply

  1. Review the guidelines and sample application for IDEA Grants.
  2. Contact us to confirm your organization is eligible and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application and gather any back-up documents. Make sure to show how your project will benefit residents in the capital region.
  4. Sign and scan the first page of Part A of the application. Include this when you send your application.
  5. Email your complete application to the address on the application form by 4:30 pm on the deadline.

Information session recording

If you receive a grant

Acknowledge CRD support

You should acknowledge CRD Arts & Culture support in any promotion material related to your funded project.

Final reports

You must send us a final report within two months of completing your project. Contact us to request final report forms.  

Contact Us

Confirm eligibility and request an application form:
Tel: 250.360.3215
Email Arts & Culture

Resources

Grant Amount

Up to $3,000