Culture & Heritage Operating Grant

Culture & Heritage Operating Grants help to support the activities of professional arts, culture and heritage organizations that play a significant role in contributing to the cultural profile and economic vitality of Nanaimo. Applications are received once per year.

Apply for 2021 funding

We are no longer accepting applications from community non-profit culture and heritage organizations seeking financial assistance to support their 2021 operations (deadline was October 19, 2020).

In 2021, as our community recovers from COVID-19, applicants are encouraged to re-imagine and re-build their activities to ensure they are relevant and can be safely delivered. Applicants should consider the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in their planning for 2021 and address how initiatives will comply with public health orders and other related guidelines.

Did you receive funds in previous years?

Important Note:  Applicants who have received funding in previous years must provide a Final Report within 90 days of organization's fiscal year-end, or before a new funding request is submitted for consideration (view the summary of 2020 Grants Awarded). Applicants approved for three-year funding are still required to submit a final report after each year. Failure to provide a final report will render new applications ineligible.

COVID-19 & Your 2020 City Grant

Recipients of 2020 Culture & Heritage Operating Grants will not be required to have replacement programming for activities that have been changed, cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19. Keep accurate records and plan to articulate changes and impacts in your Final Report to the City. Our team in Culture & Events is available to answer your questions.


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