About Incubator Grants

Hapax-hhThe Incubator Grant program enhances sustainability and resiliency in the arts by funding short term staffing, mentoring, workspace, training or other resources that assist in the acceleration of organizational development or in the development of new arts projects.

In particular, the program is aimed at emerging organizations that are engaged in innovative, experimental or new artistic practices, or that have difficulty accessing startup funding or specialized expertise that will help to advance their practice.

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.

What are the grant amounts?

Grant amounts are up to $5000.

Who can apply for this grant?

Applicants must:

  • Be a not-for-profit society registered in BC and based in a participating Arts Service municipality or electoral area, as indicated by a physical mailing address.
  • Have programming in the arts as their primary mandate and purpose.

Ineligible applicants:

  • Individual artists
  • Programs of civic departments or branches (e.g. libraries or community centres)
  • Activities of clubs and organizations whose primary mandate involves social service, religious, sports or educational activities
  • 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. Examples of activities that may be supported include but are not limited to:

  • Shared staff resources
  • Special training
  • Access to specific expertise such as mentoring
  • Access to workspace to develop an idea

Note that the following are generally considered ineligible activities for support under this program:

  • Food, beverages, hospitality or travel expenses
  • Equipment purchases or other major capital expenditures
  • Religious activities, fundraising activities, contests or competitions
  • Scholarships

What are the steps to apply?

  1. Review the 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 and promotional materials 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:

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.

© Image of Nevermore, photo by by James Holkko courtesy hapax theatre

Contact Us

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

Tel: 250.360.3215