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  • "Creative Spark Vancouver helped me see how I can expand my work with the public in different directions."

    —Zee Kesler, Artist

Creative Spark Vancouver

Small projects can have a big impact. Emerging artists across all disciplines living in the City of Vancouver who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts-based capacity are invited to apply for Creative Spark Vancouver.

If you relate to the statements below, then this grant is designed for you:

  • I'm an emerging artist looking to explore career opportunities
  • I'm interested in working with young people and need support to start
  • I have a project idea but don't have the funds to cover the required materials and supplies

Creative Spark Vancouver enables emerging artists to gain experience on small projects that could lead to new career opportunities, new community relationships, different perspectives on arts and education, future learning opportunities and exciting multi-faceted projects.

Who Can Apply?

Emerging artists of any age in any artistic discipline who are residents of the City of Vancouver, or residents and members of the Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:

  • has specialized training (university graduation or equivalent, self-training, or training in a culturally-specific tradition) in one or more artistic disciplines
  • has completed training within the last five years
  • is committed to developing a practice and career that will allow them to work full-time in an arts-based practice when financially possible

Grant Amount

Creative Spark Vancouver offer 100% coverage for projects, up to $1,000. Grant funds are intended to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals and honoraria.

Goals of this Grant

Before you apply, please make sure your project fulfills the Creative Spark Vancouver goals:

  • Build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with young people and arts-based learning;
  • Provide young people opportunities to engage actively in the arts; and
  • Embrace diversity, innovation and artistic excellence.

How to Apply

Read the Guidelines/FAQ and email us your completed Application Form.

April 21, 2017

Deadline to Apply

Learn More

Guidelines and FAQ

Apply in Spring 2017

Application Form will be posted here in early 2017

For Funded Applicants

Final Report for August 2016 intake due March 31, 2017

Get in Touch

Laura Aliaga
Grants Manager
604-336-0626 ext 110


The City of Vancouver appreciates the value that the arts brings to the lives of citizens and the life of the city. They support non-profit arts and cultural organizations through a variety of grant programs.