IDEA (Innovate, Develop, Experiment, Access) Grants encourage new, innovative or developmental arts projects and events by non-arts mandated organizations.

Next deadline: Spring 2023 (date to be determined)

Submit a complete application by email by the deadline.

Who Can Apply

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

Eligible Activities

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

Browse recent grant recipients.

How to Apply

  1. Review the IDEA Grant Guidelines and FAQs.
  2. Contact us to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application and compile documentation. Please show how the project will benefit residents in the capital region and how you will consider accessibility and safe and respectful environments. *NEW*
  4. Sign and scan page one of Part A of the application and include this with your digital application.
  5. Email your complete application by 4:30pm on the deadline to the address found on the application form.

Application to the program does not guarantee funding.

Guidelines and Sample Application Form

When you are ready to apply request an application form.

Grant Amounts

Grant amounts are up to a maximum of $3000.

Reporting for Grant Recipients

IDEA grant recipients are required to file a three-part final report within two months of the completion of the project.

To request final report forms, contact us at 250.360.3215 or by email.

Contact Us

Confirm eligibility and request an application form.
Tel: 250.360.3215