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Arts & Culture microgrant

Supporting local non-profits to activate culturally vibrant neighbourhoods and districts.

About the microgrant

Bring your idea for a public arts and culture experience to life! With close to $1 million in available funding, the 2023 Arts & Culture microgrant program is now accepting applications.

Non-profits and registered charities, including Community Associations and Business Improvement Areas, can apply for between $500 and $50,000 in funding for community-based arts and culture initiatives. Artists are invited to partner with one  of these organizations to create an initiative that makes public spaces more inviting.

Eligible initiatives must:

  • Be new or improved over previous years.
  • Support local and publicly accessible programming and creative placemaking.
  • Include community-run projects and installations, opportunities for local artists and culture makers, events, activations in winter months, or activities with an Indigenous or multicultural focus.
  • Strengthen the local economy and contribute to community spirit and wellbeing.

Activity ideas could include a community mural, neighbourhood concert, winter carnival, cultural celebration or another creative idea you have. 

Note: Organizations that receive funding support from the Festivals and Events Subsidy Program are not eligible to receive an Arts & Culture microgrant. 

Apply for a microgrant

Tier 1: $500 to $5,000

Supports small initiatives with up to 100 per cent of eligible expenses per applicant.

Tier 1 funding is fully subscribed for 2023. Applications will re-open in early 2024.


Tier 2: $5,001 to $50,000

Supports up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses per initiative.

Tier 2 funding is closed for 2023. Applications will re-open in early 2024.

Eligible Activities

  • Innovative activities and projects

    A collaboration, workshop, installation or creative placemaking that makes public spaces more inviting.

  • Productions and presentations

    A production or presentation of any work in any artistic discipline.

  • Festivals and Events

    An organized performance/activity that appeals to a broad range of the community.

  • Truth and Reconciliation

    Honour the history of Indigenous people; celebrate Indigenous arts and culture.

  • Multiculturalism

    Programs, events or services that build awareness and celebrate language, culture and traditions

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