Grant Spotlight #26: BC Collaborative Spaces Program

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Arts and Cultural Development Branch: B.C. COLLABORATIVE SPACES PROGRAM


Deadline: September 1, 2016

The Province of B.C. supports culturally-rich communities and a creative economy that fosters sustainable jobs, economic growth and a vibrant social fabric.

The Arts and Cultural Development Branch of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development supports excellence in the creative sector to enhance the cultural, social and economic development of B.C. This is done through strategic, transparent investment and innovative partnerships within the sector and across government.

A collaborative space is a physical place where groups and/or individuals come together to further artistic practice, creative production and/or presentation. This could also include the sharing of management and/or administrative resources. These spaces can be mixed use and flexible, community focused and accessed by multiple groups.

The B.C. Collaborative Spaces Program is designed to foster spaces that enable B.C.’s creative professionals and organizations to work together in innovative and creative ways. This program is part of the Province’s Creative Economy Strategy, which promotes the value of creativity and encourages co-operation, while at the same time, driving innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship.

• Increase shared resources for the arts and culture sector, such as flexible workspaces; exhibition, rehearsal or performance spaces; social, meeting or networking spaces; and business support and/or administration tools;
• Strengthen partnerships and create opportunities for cross-fertilization between a varied mix of community cultural stakeholders and creative professionals;
• Enhance levels of artistic creation/production and community engagement;
• Improve access to cultural spaces for equity-seeking groups, including culturally-diverse communities, people with disabilities, youth, regional artists and audiences;
• Enhance and increase engagement with Indigenous artists and communities through access to cultural spaces;
• Increase organizational and operational sustainability; and
• Support and grow the local, regional and/or provincial creative economy.

The maximum grant available is:
• Up to $50,000 for the renovation and improvement of existing space and facilities; OR
• Up to $50,000 for the purchase of specialized equipment; OR
• Up to $50,000 (combined total) for the purchase of specialized equipment and the renovation and improvement of existing space and facilities.

An applicant must be a:
• Non-profit organization that is:
o Governed by an active Board of Directors;
o Incorporated under B.C.’s Society Act or Cooperative Association Act, section 178;
o Focused on delivering arts and/or cultural programming or services as stated in the organization’s mandate and mission; and
o In operation for at least one fiscal year; or
• Band Council; or
• Aboriginal Friendship Centre (in operation for at least one fiscal year).

Tenancy Requirements:
The applicant must own the space or have a signed long-term (ten year minimum) lease and provide a stated intention to maintain the facility into the future for cultural purposes.  Organizations with less than ten years remaining on their lease must include a signed letter
(tenant and landlord) indicating a commitment to renew the lease upon its expiration. Applicants with different tenancy arrangements should contact the program manager, to discuss the situation.

CONTACT: Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Arts and Cultural Development Branch.
Attn: B.C. Collaborative Spaces Program or by phone at 250-356-1718.

Grant Spotlight #25: Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.

From installing screen reader devices, hearing induction loop systems, automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the Enabling Accessibility Fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy. Since its creation in 2007, the program has funded over 2,300 projects across the country and has improved accessibility for thousands of Canadians.

Deadline: July 26, 2016


The program includes the following two funding streams:

The Workplace Accessibility Stream:
The Workplace Accessibility Stream provides funding to eligible recipients for projects that improve accessibility in workplaces across Canada. Projects may include:
– renovating, retrofitting or constructing workplaces in which job opportunities for people with disabilities could be created or maintained;
– retrofitting motor vehicles for work use; and
– providing information and communications technologies for work use.
To be considered eligible for funding, projects must be directly related to maintaining or creating job opportunities for people with disabilities. All projects must also meet the specific eligibility criteria identified in calls for proposals, including support from their community.

The Community Accessibility Stream:
The Community Accessibility Stream provides funding to eligible recipients for projects that improve accessibility in communities across Canada. Projects may include:
– renovating, retrofitting or constructing community facilities where programs and/or services are or will be offered to people with disabilities;
– retrofitting motor vehicles used as community-based transportation; and,
– providing information and communications technologies for community use.
To be considered eligible for funding, projects must be directly related to removing barriers and increasing accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities. All projects must also meet the specific eligibility criteria identified in calls for proposals, including support from the community.

The following types of activities are eligible for funding through this stream:
– renovation, construction or retrofit activities designed to increase accessibility and/or improve safety for people with disabilities in facilities where programs and/or services are offered, or will be offered, to people with disabilities; and/or
– purchase of accessible information or communication technologies

Eligible recipients for this CFP are:

  • not-for-profit organizations, including social enterprises;
  • small businesses (maximum 99 full-time equivalent employees);
  • small municipalities (population under 125,000 as per census data);
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities); and
  • territorial governments.


In addition, organizations that apply for funding can own or lease the facility in which they propose to undertake the project. In the case of a lease, the applicant will need to demonstrate that they have the prior consent of the landlord by providing a letter of authorization with their Standard Grant Application for Funding.

CONTACT: If you have enquiries about this CFP process, please send them to the following address: Enquiries will only be answered between May 31 and July 12, 2016.

Grant Spotlight #24: Canada Council “New Chapter: Arts Program to Mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation”

The Canada Council for the Arts is marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation by creating a special program to support the creation and sharing of exceptional artistic and literary works. It will result in inspiring works that interpret the world we live in and envision our shared future. These works will encourage public engagement in the arts and will promote outreach locally, nationally and internationally.

Deadline: there will be only 2 deadlines for this program: July 4, 2016 & October 31, 2016 (Note: you may submit only one application to the program)


The purpose of the program is to:

  • offer all Canadians a wide array of powerful, daring, and exceptional artistic experiences
  • provide artists, artists’ groups/collectives and arts organizations with means to take greater risks and develop projects on a greater scale and scope than their usual activities. These one-time projects will serve to advance their own development and that of their arts practices.
  • strengthen the presence of the arts in conversations about the future of the country, locally, nationally and internationally.

The program objectives are:

  • to support the creation, production and presentation of artistic and literary works of exceptional scale and scope
  • to generate a body of distinct works of art and literature that reflect Canadian society in all its diversity
  • to support access to these work by the Canadian public
  • to advance professional arts practices and promote innovation

Applicant Eligibility: To apply to this program, you must meet the eligibility criteria of your arts discipline, as defined in the Canada Council’s current programs. Applications are open from Professional Artists, Artists’ Groups and collectives, Arts Organizations and Literary Publishers. To apply to this program, you must meet the eligibility criteria of your arts discipline, as defined in the Canada Council’s current programs. 

You may only submit one application to the program. You may apply to this program even if you have already submitted an application (for a different project) to another Canada Council program in 2016-17. For groups/collectives and organizations, you may also apply if you are currently receiving operating, annual or multi-year support.

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY: The main creation phase must take place during 2016 and 2017. The project must be completed and presented publicly no later than June 30, 2019.

Eligible activities:  Applications must involve ambitious or large-scale, original creations, or exceptional programming and curatorial events. Major adaptations, remounts and re-interpretations of exceptional works are also eligible.

Projects must produce a major and lasting impact and they must result in a presentation or publication of the work in Canada. Your project may include international activities, such as international dissemination, distribution or presentation of the work, and it can include non-Canadian artists or partners. However, international projects must also respect the requirement to present the work in Canada.

To be eligible, your project must:

  • be exceptional in scope, scale and nature (in relation to the specific context of the applicant)
    – For artists and artist groups/collectives, the project must require for resources far greater than those normally available through the Canada Council’s regular grant programs.
    – For organizations, the project must go beyond the scope of their normal operating framework, given the resources required for its production.
  • result in one or more public presentations, publications, exhibitions or screenings in Canada, and in the case of digital productions, be accessible and discoverable online.

Ideally, all projects will include an online presence and dissemination strategy.

The following are examples of eligible projects:

  • creation, production and dissemination of a major work, including commissioned works
  • production and programming of exceptional exhibitions, performances and events, including presenting non-Canadian performances and artists
  • co-production in collaboration with Canadian or non-Canadian artistic organizations and resulting in a public presentation in Canada
  • a writing project accompanied by an innovative plan for public engagement.

Restrictions: All projects funded by the Canada Council must include the payment of fees to participating artists. These fees must meet or exceed the standard rates (or those set in a collective agreement) in effect. Copyright must be respected and payment of royalties is required, where appropriate.

Ineligible activities: The following are examples of activities that are not eligible:

  • professional development projects, internships or mentorships
  • projects based principally on artistic research and creation, without major public dissemination or presentation
  • self-publishing projects
  • activities related to competitions
  • activities carried out as part of a school or academic program
  • activities or performances presented as part of a fundraising activity
  • seminars, conferences, meetings
  • research projects
  • activities funded by other Canada Council programs.

Exception: An organization that receives annual or multi-year funding may submit an application to New Chapter even if the activity covered in the application is included in the program presented in support of an annual or multi-year grant already awarded by the Council. In this case, the organization must explain how it plans to modify the scope of the activity to meet the evaluation criteria of New Chapter. Only expenses that exceed the regular budget for this type of activity will be considered. The organization must calculate this amount and include it in the project budget.

Amount available: These grants cannot be used to fund activities that occurred before the program deadline. Grants are awarded based on the recommendation of the assessment committees and available funds. You must apply for at least $50,000 in eligible expenses. The maximum grant amount is $150,000 for individuals, collaborations and artist groups/collectives, and $500,000 for organizations.

Carole Boucher
Executive Coordinator
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, extension 4008
TTY: 1-866-585-5559

July 2016 Grant Deadlines

General Deadlines (all disciplines):
  1.  NEW: BC Arts Council Interim Special Project Assistance Program (July 4)  
  2. NEW: Canada Council: New Chapter: Arts Program to Mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation (July 4, 2016)
  3. Kinder Morgan Foundation (July 10, Sept 10, Nov 10, Jan 10, Mar 10, May 10)
  4. City of Vancouver: Transit Shelter Advertising Program  (monthly deadlines: July 22)
  5. City of Vancouver: Video Screen Advertising Program (monthly deadlines: July 22)
  6. NEW Find: Employment & Social Development Canada: Enabling Accessibility Fund (July 26, 2016)
  7. Canadian Heritage: Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (no deadline, constant intake; NOTE: recent changes were made to the program guidelines & forms; feasibility studies are again eligible)
  8. Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund (NO deadline; BUT you must apply 30 weeks in advance of your planned event/project)
  9. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC): Inter-Action Multiculturalism Grants  (NO deadline; BUT you must apply 18 weeks in advance of your planned event/project)
For Individual Artists (all disciplines):
  1. BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art (July 15, 2016)