Mayor Robertson to Support Funding Increases for Cultural Groups

October 14, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Next week, Council will consider recommendations for increasing base level operating cash grants for seven local cultural organizations, in a report being presented on Tuesday. The funding provides a $110,300 boost in an effort to equalize support among cultural organizations that deliver core civic programs and services.

“Vancouver’s arts and culture scene is second to none, playing a huge role bringing our city to life and spurring economic growth and activity,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our world-class cultural organizations are community leaders and ambassadors for what Vancouver has to offer to an international audience. I’m proud to support these grant increases and I hope Council will be unanimous voting for these funding increases.”

Staff are recommending funding increases for:

  • Bard on the Beach
  • Coastal Jazz and Blues
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Science World
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Vancouver Opera
  • Vancouver Symphony

The recommended cash grant increases aim to align the amount of funding received with the size, impact and scope of the organizations. The funding increases are part of a bigger review that aims to address disparate levels of core funding for cultural organizations.

Earlier this year, Council approved 2016 Cultural Grants to 162 organizations totaling over $7.2 million.

Summary of Cultural Grant Increases: 


2015/16 Culture Grant

% of Cash Grant to Org. Budget (2015)



Total 2016


Bard on the Beach





Coastal Jazz and Blues





Contemporary Art Gallery





Science World





Vancouver International Film Festival





Vancouver Opera





Vancouver Symphony