There are two granting streams available at the Vancouver Civic Theatres. 

The Activation of Underutilized Vancouver Civic Theatres Spaces Grant is administrated by the Civic Theatres and focuses on small, non-profit organizations looking for space to produce projects in Vancouver. Application information can be found on this page.

The Theatre Rental Grant is administered by the City of Vancouver's Cultural Services department. Application information can be found on the City of Vancouver's website.


Activation of Underutilized Spaces

The Underutilized Vancouver Civic Theatres Spaces Grant program:

  1. Addresses the need for space by arts and cultural groups in our city
  2. Increases the use of our civic theatre spaces
  3. Enhances Vancouver's status as a liveable city

The grant supports successful applicants by offsetting the facility rental fee of the following underutilized Vancouver Civic Theatre spaces:

For 2017, we're granting a total of $150,000. We're accepting applications throughout the year on a first-come, first-served basis.

Current status: Open
Applications available: November 2016

Eligible applicants & projects

  • Not-for-profit arts organizations based in Vancouver
  • Not-for-profit local community driven groups with a social, cultural, artistic, health and wellness or food sustainability mandate
  • Not-for-profit local community based festival or special event with a focus on celebrating diversity

This grant is available to support short term rental engagements by providing an in-kind rental facility fee.

Examples include:

  • Special events
  • Festivals
  • Workshops
  • Performances
  • Lectures
  • Receptions
  • Classes/courses

It can't be used for:

  • Additional costs like crew overtime
  • Insurance premiums
  • Food and beverage fees
  • Ancillary requests of venue staff
  • Security

Assessment criteria & process

Organizations will be assessed on how well they meet the criteria according to responses and material accompanying the application.

A staff review is used for this program. Vancouver Civic Theatre staff and managers evaluate requests against the criteria for each proposal’s relative merits. Requests are cross-checked against booking dates and theatre availability.

Please note that there are established budget limits that are set each year by City Council. Not every applicant can be recommended for funding, and not every grant can be funded to the full request amount. 

How to apply

Complete and send the application form to:

Tara Nazemi
Community Engagement Specialist
Vancouver Civic Theatre

​We’ll contact you to confirm we received your application, and again in two to four weeks with our decision.