Incubator Grants enhance 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.

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;
  • Based in a participating Arts Service municipality or electoral area, as indicated by a physical mailing address; and
  • 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

Eligible Activities

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

The following expenses are generally ineligible 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

How to Apply

  1. Review the Incubator Grant Guidelines and FAQs.
  2. Contact us with questions, to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application and compile documentation. Be sure to show how your project will benefit residents in the 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 application.
  5. Email a digital copy of your complete application to the email address found on the application form by 4:30pm on the published deadline.

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 $5000.

Reporting for Grant Recipients

Equity grant recipients are required to file a three-part final report within two months of the completion of their 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