Submission Deadline for 2016 program cycle has passed. The next grant intake will be in the spring of 2017.
Below you will find the 2016 guidelines and program description, the application cover page, a step-by-step guide to the application package, and budget template. Please read all documents carefully and stay tuned for our info session/grant writing workshop in early February (dates will be announced in January).
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator, Kelty McKerracher, prior to submission. Please be in touch at email@example.com to discuss your ideas.
The mandate of the DTES Community Arts Fund is to facilitate community-led renewal through the arts, with the following priorities in mind:
- Promote health and wellbeing through involvement with the arts including opportunities for involvement in the arts as a potential vehicle for employment and income generation for local artists.
- Promote social transformation through the arts by speaking to social issues and social change in ways that inform and create understanding within and across groups.
- Build bridges by involving the diverse communities of the DTES and people from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in creating shared interests and a shared voice.
Who Can Apply?
Proposals are invited from:
- Downtown Eastside-serving organizations registered to an address within the geographic boundaries of the neighbourhood (for the purposes of this program: Waterfront to Terminal, Clark to Cambie).
- Organization(s) working collaboratively with an artist.
- Organizations that are incorporated as a society in good standing with the Province of British Columbia and have operated as an incorporated society for at least one fiscal year prior to the application date.
More details to consider:
- Projects must take place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
- While the project must be a community-engaged arts project, the organizations do not need to be primarily arts organizations.
- Projects should demonstrate primary impact within the Downtown Eastside community, although activities taking place outside of the neighbourhood can be included.
- Although not a requirement, projects involving meaningful collaboration with another organization (DTES or non-DTES) will be preferred.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply for funding.
- On-going programs are not eligible for funding.
- Capital expenditures, fundraising projects and organizational operating expenses are not eligible.
Info Sessions/Grant-Writing Workshops
Applicants are encouraged to register for an info session/grant-writing workshop with Kelty. Workshops are three hours long and will cover all aspects of writing a strong proposal for our program, including developing a good budget. These workshops will be fun, informative and interactive, and will help you to write the best proposal possible – don’t miss them!