Applications are now open!
Small projects can make a big impact. Emerging artists across all artistic and cultural disciplines living in the City of Vancouver who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts or culture-based capacity are invited to apply for Creative Spark Vancouver.
If you relate to the statements below, then this grant is for you:
The artist's project must engage young people (ages 5-18) and focus on arts-based learning in any artistic discipline. 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.
Want to learn more? Drop in to one of our weekly "Ask a Grants Manager" video sessions on Google Meet with closed captions. You can ask questions about the grant, the application process, and get tips and tricks for grant writing. Check out the schedule on Instagram and join the call when you are available! Lily Cryan - the Program Manager - will be there each week.
Emerging artists who are residents of the City of Vancouver or members of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and live in that Nation’s unceded territories or the City of Vancouver. Emerging artists can be of any age in any artistic or cultural discipline (e.g. community arts, dance, disability arts, Indigenous arts or culture, interdisciplinary, literary, media, multidisciplinary, music, textile/fiber art, theatre, visual arts). Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.
For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:
This definition has been inspired by a number of sources, including CARFAC BC's video, Artists Talk: What is an Emerging Artist?
Creative Spark Vancouver offers up to 100% funding for projects!
Individual artists can apply for up to $3,000.
Collectives or groups of emerging artists working together can apply for up to $5,000.
Projects with budgets over those amounts will need to secure additional funding to balance their budgets. Grant funds are intended to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals and honoraria.
Before you apply, please make sure your application meets the Creative Spark Vancouver goals:
ArtStarts has made some changes to the Creative Spark Vancouver grant so that we can still fund projects while operating safely in accordance with public health precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have changed the timeline for the grant, allowed for projects to happen via distance, and expanded eligible expenses to support projects happening online or via distance. We hope that this revised grant format supports emerging artists in continuing to work with young people while following established public health guidelines.
Please give the revised grant guidelines a close look to understand all of the options available to you and your project! We are available via email to answer any questions you may have or help brainstorm alternate project delivery models! You can get in touch at [email protected]
Applications are due September 18, 2022 for projects taking place November 2022-July 2023.
Not sure what creative project you might develop? Here are some examples of successfully funded projects to date:
This list is not at all comprehensive. We hope these examples inspire you and spark your imagination. Apply for a Creative Spark Vancouver grant and bring your own unique creative project to life!
CSV Applications Due
January 31 2023
Final Reports Due - May 2022 Projects
604-336-0626 ext 111