About IDEA Grants

wellspring-hhIDEA (Innovate, Develop, Experiment, Access) Grants encourage new, innovative or developmental arts projects and events. Other Arts & Culture Support Service programs require applicant organizations to have an arts mandate, however, IDEA grants support projects by non-arts mandated organizations using arts programming to provide benefits to the community.

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 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 $3000.

Who can apply for this grant?

Applicants must:

  • be a not-for-profit society registered in BC; and
  • be based in one of the jurisdictions that contributes to the Arts & Culture Support Service, as indicated by the organization’s physical address.

Ineligible applicants:

  • Individual artists;
  • Programs of civic departments or branches (e.g. libraries or community centres)
  • Organizations who receive operating assistance from the CRD
  • Organizations in arrears with any local authority, are bankrupt, seeking creditor protection, are insolvent, or under court supervision of any kind

What kinds of activities are eligible?

Please show how the project will benefit residents in the Capital Region in the proposal.

Eligible activities include:

  • Production of arts projects and events with potential for arts impact within the capital region.
  • Arts projects presented in a jurisdiction that contributes to the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service.

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Food, beverages, hospitality or travel expenses
  • Equipment purchases or other capital expenditures
  • Religious services, fundraising activities, contests or competitions
  • Scholarships
  • Expenses for activities that have already taken place

See initiatives that have been funded in the past.

What are the application steps?

  1. Review the Grant Guidelines and FAQs.
  2. Contact us to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application, compile documentation and provide a digital copy by 4:30pm on the deadline. Please be sure to sign and scan page one of Part A of the application and include this with your digital application.

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

Application to the program does not guarantee funding.

Guidelines and Sample Applications



Sample application forms are available for informational purposes:

© Image of Patrick Smith courtesy Ptarmigan Music & Theatre Society

Contact Us

Contact us to confirm eligibility and to request an application form.
Tel: 250.360.3215