Creative Spark Vancouver Grant

Deadline: October 8

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 (ages 5-24) and need support to start
– I have a project idea but don’t have the funds to cover the required materials and supplies.

The artist’s project must engage young people (ages 5-24) 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.

Who Can Apply?

Emerging artists of any age in any artistic discipline who are residents of the City of Vancouver, or a resident and member of one of Vancouver’s three Host First Nations: Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh.

For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:
– is enrolled in, or has specialized training in the arts (university graduation or equivalent, self-training, or training in a culturally-specific tradition);
– is in the early stages of their career, usually within the few first years of pursuing a career in their field;
– has a small history of presentation or publication;
– is looking for support and resources to build confidence in their practice;
– is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, when possible financially; and
self identifies as emerging.

Grant Amount
Creative Spark Vancouver grants offer 100% coverage for projects, up to $2,000. Grant funds are intended to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals and honoraria.

To Apply:
– Check out the Grant Guidelines to prepare your application (available on
– Find a location or a potential location for your project. If you intend to partner with a group or organization, ask them to write you a letter of support for your project
– Plan out how you will advertise and get young people to attend your project! Often this is a crucial piece for the jury.

Then, apply through our online form! Don’t worry, you can save your work and fill out the application as you go. You will get an email with a link to keep working on it until it is fully submitted.

Contact Name: Lily Cryan
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