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. www.gov.bc.ca/creativeeconomy
• 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).
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-356-1718.