Culture & Heritage Project Grant

Culture & Heritage Project Grants assist culture and heritage organizations to realize projects that benefit our community and contribute to the cultural, social and economic vitality of Nanaimo. View the 2022 Summary of Grants Awarded.

The deadline for 2022 funding has closed. 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 project completion, or before a new funding request is submitted for consideration.  Failure to provide a final report will render new applications ineligible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

My organization is located outside the City of Nanaimo boundaries. Are we eligible to apply?

In order to be eligible for funds at the City of Nanaimo, your organization must be registered as a non-profit with an address inside the boundaries of the City. Organizations that operate in multiple communities must be able to demonstrate public activities taking place inside the City limits in order to receive a Culture and Heritage Project Grant. 

My organization is a applying to host our annual cultural event fundraiser, with proceeds going to charity. Can we seek support from the City of Nanaimo?

Fundraising activities, where the outcome generates funds for a separate charitable cause are not eligible for funding through this program. Organizations that undertake fundraising activities, such as regular programs and events that charge a fee for entry, where the funds raised will be a portion of the annual revenues at the organization applying for funding, are eligible to apply, provided their fundraiser is not the sole activity of the organization. 

Can I apply for more than one project/initiative? 
Yes. Based on funds available, up to three Project Grant applications may be approved in a year. 

Can our organization apply for a Culture & Heritage Project Grant and a Culture & Heritage Operating Grant?
Applicants who are receiving Culture & Heritage Operating support may apply for one supplemental project grant, Organizations that receive Operating grant may apply for one project grant that is either a collaboration with another organization or a capacity building activity. The application must clearly demonstrate how the request falls outside of regular operations. 

Can our organization apply for a Culture & Heritage Project Grant and a Downtown Event Revitalization Grant?
Organizations may apply to both funds, provided the requests are for separate projects, events or activities. 

My activity will start in 2022, but will last into 2023, am I still eligible to apply?  

Yes, the fund supports activities that are initiated in 2022. Organizations with activities that carry over into 2023 must supply an interim report when submitting a new application to the Culture & Heritage Project Fund.  

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