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Learn about the City's Cultural Grants Program and how to apply. 

The Cultural Grants Program supports a wide range of arts and cultural activity in Surrey, including artistic practices (music, dance, theatre, literary, visual, media, inter-disciplinary, community-based and Indigenous arts) and cultural celebrations and events that reflect Surrey's diverse heritage and community.

This program is open to registered and non-registered not-for-profit organizations that are proposing arts and culture programming in Surrey.

What’s new for 2023?

  • Application forms have been updated. Download below
  • Program guidelines are within the application form
  • You must use the Cultural Grants Budget Template
  • Photographs must be included in 2023 final reports
  • Deadline: October 3, 2022
  • 1:1 grant coaching is available via Microsoft Teams. Email to book a session

Applying for a Grant

The submission deadline for 2023 is October 3, 2022

Check out our cultural grants toolkit for tips on applying for grants.

Download an application form:

Information Sessions

Learn more about the 2023 Cultural Grants program and how to apply.

  • September 12 at 4:30pm at City Hall
  • September 15 at 6:30pm at Clayton Community Centre
  • September 20 at 7:00pm online via Microsoft Teams

Limited spots available, and pre-registration is required. Please email us at to save your spot!



Project Grants

Under this category, grants will be provided to encourage partnerships and collaborations that result in cultural programs and initiatives. The grant award may contribute:

  • Up to fifty percent (50%) of the project budget on a matching basis.
  • Matching funds can be a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, with in-kind volunteer hours limited to thirty percent (30%) of the overall project budget.
  • Organizations can apply for up to $10,000 annually for upcoming projects. Grant funding from multiple years cannot be combined to produce a single project.

Download Project Grant Application (.pdf)

Download Cultural Grants Budget (excel)


Cultural Celebration Grants 

Cultural celebrations are an important part of life in Surrey. These celebrations support diverse Surrey resident artists, and collectively provide cultural and artistic experiences in Surrey to a broad audience.

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 not to exceed 50% of eligible costs.
  • Non-registered not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 not to exceed 50% of eligible costs.

Download Cultural Celebration Grant Application (.pdf)

Download Cultural Grants Budget (excel)


Operating Grants

Operating grants aim to support and sustain the work of mature, registered not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations that deliver consistent, meaningful, and original local programming, demonstrate sustainable administrative practices and organizational structures, and play a leadership role in enriching and enlivening Surrey’s cultural landscape.

Under this category, Surrey resident organizations can be eligible for up to a maximum of $25,000.

Organizations must show that they employ and compensate professional staff (i.e. Executive Director and/or Artistic Director) whose role is to enable the organization to plan, develop, and ensure its ongoing resilience, and who pay artists fees meeting national standards (e.g. CARFAC) and meet other qualifying criteria to be eligible for this full amount.

Download Operating Grant Application (pdf)

Download Cultural Grants Budget (excel)


Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT) Rental Subsidy

The SCT Rental Subsidy offers up to $2,000 assistance to non-profit, professional arts and cultural organizations renting the Surrey Civic Theatres (Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre, or Centre Stage at City Hall). Based on availability, this subsidy will support performing arts groups by providing access to well-equipped professional venues and to continue to support artists in their creative endeavours.

This funding opportunity will prioritize those cultural organizations:

  1. Who received a City of Surrey Cultural Grant for the year in which they are applying for the SCT Rental Subsidy.
  2. Who have not rented the Surrey Civic Theatres stages (Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre, or Centre Stage at City Hall) for their events ever, or in the past three years.
  3. Whose organization or artists would benefit from the experience of renting a professional theatre, to develop their art practice, build their audience, and qualify for support to continue their artistic work (i.e., qualify to submit grant applications to other funders, and to be competitive in a peer jury environment).
  4. Whose event is primarily presenting artists.

Applicants can indicate interest in accessing the subsidy on the application form when applying for either a Project Grant or Cultural Celebrations Grant. The subsidy will be awarded based on availability.


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