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Surrey's Cultural Grants Program

Dancers perform at the 2018 Mother Language Festival

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.

The vision of the Cultural Grants Program is to support and enhance arts and culture in Surrey by:

  • Building organizational capability and sustainability in new and existing local cultural organizations
  • Investing in community-based cultural activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of arts and heritage
  • Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships

2019 Cultural Grant Key Dates

 Date  Application Step
 Sept. 19  Cultural Grants Information Session
 Sept. 26  Expression of Interest submission deadline
 Oct. 2  All eligible applicants will be emailed an Application form
 Oct. 10  Cultural Grant Application Toolkit Workshop
 Oct. 17 & 20  One-on-One Application Mentoring Sessions for eligible applicants
 Nov. 5  2019 Cultural Grant applications due


Consult the Surrey Cultural Grants Program Guidelines to find out if your organization is eligible to apply for a grant.

Apply for a 2019 Grant

Applicants in all categories must complete an Expression of Interest form and return it by September 26, 2018.

Operating Grant applicants must complete an Eligibility Checklist form in addition to the Expression of Interest form and return both forms by September 26, 2018.

Grant categories

Grants are awarded in 3 categories:

1. Capacity Building Grants

Grants are provided to support initiatives to build organizational capacity, including training, workshops, conferences, applying for registered not-for-profit status, board development activities, marketing, and strategic planning.

Funding Levels

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

2. Project Grants

Project grants encourage partnerships and collaborations that result in cultural programs and initiatives. The grant award may contribute up to 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 30% of the overall project budget.

Funding Levels

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations with a project budget of $50,000 or greater are eligible to apply for up to $10,000.
  • Registered not-for-profit organizations with a project budget less than $50,000 are eligible to apply for up to $5,000.
  • Non-registered not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for up to $5,000.

3. 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, eligible organizations can apply for up to 20% of their annual operating budget, to a maximum of $15,000.

History of Cultural Grants

Read about the Background and Benefits of Surrey's Arts & Heritage Cultural Grants Program.

Previously Awarded Cultural Grants

For more information, email culturalgrants@surrey.ca.

Feature image: Dancers perform at the 2018 Mother Language Festival

Photo Gallery: Cultural Grants Recipients