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Surrey's Cultural Grants Program

SOFIA/C receiving award package presented by Councillor Villeneuve. Cultural Grants Program 2013 Awards Celebration, photographed by Brian Giebelhaus.

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

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

2018 Cultural Grant Key Dates

Review the Surrey Cultural Grants Program Guidelines to find out if you are eligible for a Cultural Grant and learn how to apply. Take a look below for key dates for the application:

 Due Date  Application Steps
 Sept 25  Expression of Interest forms due
 Sept 29  All eligible applicants will be emailed an Application form and invited to the Application Information Session
 Oct 4  Application Information Session for eligible applicants
 Oct 25 & 28  One-to-One Application Mentoring Sessions for eligible applicants
 Nov 13  2018 Cultural Grant Applications due


Grant categories

Grants are awarded in each of the 3 categories:

  • Capacity Building Grants
  • Project Grants
  • Cultural Sustainability Grants

Capacity Building Grants

Under this category, grants are provided to qualified groups to support the organizations’ development needs, including but not restricted to any of the following: 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.

Project Grants

Under this category, grants are provided to encourage partnerships and collaborations that result in cultural programs and initiatives. The grant award contributes up to 50% of the program budget on a matching basis, which could include in-kind contributions.

Funding Levels

  • Registered Not-for-Profit Organizations, with a Project Budget greater than $50,000, 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.

Cultural Sustainability Grants

Under this category, grants are provided to assist with costs for an organization to provide cultural-based servicing in the City. Such a grant would be a "one-time" grant. The applicant would need to provide a business plan as part of its application that demonstrates economic viability and includes demonstration of secured funding for at least eighty percent (80%) of the current year’s budget for the organization.

Funding Levels

The grant is limited to the lesser of $5,000 or 20% of the organization’s annual budget and could recognize the value of in-kind contributions by the organization.

History of Cultural Grants

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

Previously Awarded Cultural Grants

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Feature image: SOFIA Collective receiving award package, photographed by Brian Giebelhaus.