Burnaby arts groups have more time to apply for regional grants

Arts and culture organizations that need a helping hand in these challenging times have one more place to turn.

Metro Vancouver has extended the usual process for its regional cultural grants, in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the arts community.

Arts and culture organizations now have until Tuesday, Aug. 4 to apply for 2020 grants, rather than the usual spring timeline.

A Metro Vancouver press release notes that a total of $140,000 in funding is available to arts and culture organizations for regional projects, with a maximum of $10,000 per project grant. These annual regional cultural grants support arts and culture projects including research, creation, production, dissemination, audience development, project staff and administrative capacity building.

The release notes this year’s application deadline was extended to give applicants more time to focus on their base operations, brainstorm adapted methods of project delivery and “reconfirm the availability of necessary resources.”

 “The arts community is facing unprecedented challenges due to the ongoing public health measures enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sav Dhaliwal, chair of the Metro Vancouver board of directors, in a press release.

“As such, we have adjusted this year’s cultural grants program to offer greater clarity and flexibility in terms of project delivery options, timeframes and other grant criteria.

“Arts and culture connect our communities in important and creative ways that are the heart and soul of the quality of life that we all value so much, and we are proud to support the arts and culture community during this difficult period.”

Completed applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

For the application form and details, see www.metrovancouver.org/cultural-grants.

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