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2018-2019 Downtown Eastside (DTES) Community Arts Fund (CAF) Grants

Grants to Vancouver, British Columbia Nonprofits for Arts Projects Serving Downtown Eastside Communities

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Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) - Downtown Eastside (DTES) Community Arts Fund (CAF)

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Deadline Date:

03/06/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Vancouver, British Columbia nonprofit organizations to support arts projects serving Downtown Eastside communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with program staff prior to applying. Projects may involve any medium or combination of media, including but not limited to performance/acting, writing, film, music and voice, crafts, sculpture, drawing and visual arts, set design and construction, sound and lighting, and digital/media communications.

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver is committed to working with organizations that have proven themselves capable of taking the risks necessary to build community arts opportunities that create stronger, more viable futures for people and community.

Proposals are invited for projects that will help to build bridges of understanding and support between people and groups within the Downtown Eastside community and may also connect with people and groups throughout Vancouver.

The aim of this program is to facilitate community-led renewal through community arts.

Program Priorities:

The Community Arts Fund Downtown Eastside Community Arts Program supports projects that are focused on at least one of the following:

1. Promote health and well-being through involvement in the arts including opportunities for involvement in the arts as a potential vehicle for employment and income generation for local artists.

2. 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, for instance, exploring themes of access to nutritious food, adequate housing and income.

3. Build bridges by involving the diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside and people from diverse socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in creating shared interests and a shared voice, for example exploring issues of understanding and acceptance of people with mental health challenges; portraying the history and contributions of the numerous cultures composing the Downtown Eastside or incorporating various art forms, cultures and arts practices from multiple cultural groups in the area.

Projects should address at least three of the following objectives:
1. Improved health and well-being of Downtown Eastside residents.
2. Strengthened community life and greater civic engagement among residents.
3. Improved individual and community confidence and pride.
4. Opportunities to learn and discover new skills and abilities.
5. Increased employment and economic opportunities.
6. Safer opportunities for residents and visitors to gather and socialize.
7. Increased youth and family involvement in community events and activities.
8. Recognition of the role of culture and heritage in building community.
9. Changed perceptions of the Downtown Eastside to include creativity, vitality and resilience.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169441

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding per project is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are invited from lead organizations that meet all of the three following criteria:
1. Downtown Eastside-serving organizations registered to an address within the geographic boundaries of the neighborhood (for the purposes of this program: Waterfront to Terminal, Clark to Cambie).
2. Organization(s) working collaboratively with an artist.
3. 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 eligibility information to keep in mind:
1. While the project must be a community-engaged arts project, the organizations do not need to be primarily arts organizations.
2. Projects should demonstrate primary impact within the Downtown Eastside community, although activities that bridge to other communities and take place outside of the neighborhood may be included.
3. Although not a requirement, projects involving meaningful collaboration with another organization (DTES or non-DTES) will be preferred.

1. Individuals are not eligible to apply for funding.
2. On-going programs are not eligible for funding.
3. Capital expenditures, fundraising projects and organizational operating expenses are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to register below for the info session/grant-writing workshop with Kelty. The workshop will cover eligibility, writing a strong proposal for the CAF program, and developing a good budget, and will also offer insight into the priorities of the adjudication committee in years past. Space is limited to 25.

Date and Location:

Monday, January 22, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
5th Floor Meeting Room
Woodward’s Building
111 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Pre-Application Information:

It is expected that most projects will be supported by applicant organizations that have the capacity to leverage additional funding from other sources – creating a much larger impact on people’s lives and their community.

There is a requirement of matching funds from the organization(s) involved to at least the level being requested. These can be “in-kind donations”, such as volunteer time or venue donation, and should be included in the project budget.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Program Manager prior to submission.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by May 15, 2018. Please note that project monies will be distributed starting July 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the January 22 Information Session:

Kelty McKerracher, Program Manage

Grant Coverage Areas:

Vancouver (Downtown Eastside)

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia