Central Cariboo Arts and Culture

Funding resources

The CRD Community Grant Writer profiles current and upcoming grant funding opportunities, many of which are applicable to the arts, and provides regular email updates. For more information, or if your organization would like assistance in applying for a grant, please contact the Community Grant Writer at grantwriter@cariboord.ca


Principal Granting Councils:

British Columbia Arts Council

The British Columbia Arts Council supports culture and the arts in British Columbia, providing people and organizations with the chance to participate in cultural activities. It offers a variety of programs, project assistance, scholarships, and publications.

Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arm’s-length arts funding agency. Main areas of activity are:

Grants: Providing funding to individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process.
 Prizes: Each year fellowships and prizes are awarded to some 200 artists and scholars.
Research, communications and arts promotionactivities also further the Canada Council mandate to support, promote and celebrate the arts.
The Canada Council Art Bank
, the Killam Program, the Public Lending Right Commission and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are all administered through the Canada Council.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

SSHRC funds a considerable proportion of social science and humanities research in Canada. Their main website contains information about more than thirty funding programs for faculty researchers in the social sciences and humanities, ranging from Standard Research Grants to support individual investigator-chosen projects, to a variety of joint and collaborative projects and strategic initiatives in specific areas.

Other Canadian Funding Agencies and Organizations:


ArtsBC was founded in 1979 as the Assembly of BC Arts Councils. Its original purpose was to provide advocacy, leadership and support to community and regional arts councils in the province of BC. Since then the Assembly has broadened its vision and mandate to support the central role of arts and arts practices in building community and the unique ways in which arts and culture contribute to a strong, healthy society.

Funding for Arts and Culture Week, BC Spirit Initiatives, and Arts in the Parks.

ArtStarts in Schools

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. Founded in 1996, ArtStarts is a unique not-for-profit organization that brings professional artists into BC schools for performances, workshops, residencies and exhibitions.

Aviva Community Fund

If you’ve got the imagination, they’ve got the resources. Share your idea, raise awareness for your cause and compete to make your idea a reality.

Canadian Heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage plays a vital role in the cultural and civic life of Canadians. Canadian Heritage offers financial support to organizations who contribute to departmental objectives related to culture, arts, heritage, official languages, citizenship and participation, Aboriginal, youth, and sport initiatives.
Information and application forms for programs and initiatives falling within the mandate of the Ministry.

Canadian Periodical Fund

The Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) provides financial assistance to Canadian print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals to enable them to overcome market disadvantages and continue to provide Canadian readers with the content they choose to read.

The CPF has three components: Aid to Publishers, Business Innovation, and Collective Initiatives.

Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Inter-Action:Canada’s New Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Programs

The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding to community based events that create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. Events should be intended for and open to all Canadians.

Rural BC Funding Sources Grant Tool

Use this grant search tool to connect with a wide range of funding opportunities. You can narrow the search by grant description, name, subject area or the application deadline.

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society

The Royal Candian Geographic Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges.

Vancouver Foundation

The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee makes grants to support and encourage the growth and sustained presence of arts and cultural activities among diverse cultural communities throughout British Columbia.