The Art Party has co-produced and co-promoted +30 live workshops, networking events and group exhibitions since 2013 with our Facebook Page.

The Art Party has been promoting group exhibitions / fundraisers of local artists from Golden Brush Art since 2013 and Independent Artists Market At The Waldorf since 2019.

Our skills training workshops / talks occurred during evening hours or on Saturdays to ensure the highest level of attendees, as many are working in day jobs Monday to Friday (2016-19).

The Art Party focus is to provide the space and promotions only. With COVID-19 bans of large gatherings, all workshops and events are hosted on Zoom or another web conference platform.


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Economic Development Funding & GrantsThe Government of British Columbia is a strong advocate of the arts. Each year, we invest $60M in arts funding to individual artists as well as arts and cultural organizations.

Digital Technology Funding

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. CMF has deadlines throughout the year for various CMF programs.

Western Economic Diversification (WD) Regional Innovation Ecosystem (RIE): There is eligibility for start up accelerators in the non-profit sector with specific clusters. Examples for RIE: digital technology skills training or indigenous people, or women or youths. WD’s service standard is to provide a funding decision to a client within 90 business days (90% of the time) of receiving a complete funding proposal. Projects may vary in duration, typically ranging from a few months to three years.

WorkBC Technical Skills Training: This stream supports employers to train current or new employees in technical skills in response to automation and technological advancements, such as new software, technology or machinery; or training needed for the successful adoption of new technological systems, including new manufacturing, production and construction methods. Under this stream, employers may receive 80 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 20 percent.

Government Funding

Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arms length arts funding association. They provide funding to individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process, award fellowships and prizes to some 200 artists and scholars annually, and provide research, communications and arts promotion activities to support, promote and celebrate the arts.

The Centerm Community Fund will contribute $500,000 over three years to local community organizations in the neighbourhoods listed above. Funding comes from the port authority in collaboration with DP World (the operator of Centerm terminal). This fund is one way we’re supporting thriving communities and saying “thank you” to the community for your patience while significant construction is completed on the Centerm terminal and along the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

BC Arts Council is a provincial arms length association which supports arts and cultural activity in communities across the province. They provide support through funding for professional artists and arts organizations, research, advocacy, community initiatives, training and scholarships.

BC Community Gaming Grants provide funding from gaming revenues to eligible non-profit community organizations for direct delivery of approved programs to their communities.

B.C. Employer Training Grant: The goal of the Employer Training Grant is to help unemployed and employed British Columbians access the skills training they need to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labour market. At the same time, the grant encourages employer involvement in skills training of new or current employees. The program assists employers in providing employees with training to develop skills and certification, upgrade skills needed due to automation, and enhance productivity. Small Business BC can help facilitate organizations to offer the Employer Training Grant.

Buy Local: Buy BC Partnership Program Cost-Shared Funding is available to applicants to undertake sector/product specific marketing and promotional activities to increase consumer demand and sales of BC agrifood and seafood products within the Province. Consider a joint campaign with local foods + arts promoting Buy Local BC: “Buy Local to Support Local Artists”

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. The program is designed to focus on local priorities while helping students and their communities.

Department of Canadian Heritage offers financial support to organizations who contribute to departmental objectives related to culture, arts, heritage, official languages, citizenship and participation, youth, sport, and Aboriginal initiatives.

City of Vancouver information on grants and funding for arts and culture, strong communities, and sustainability, and find awards that recognize our city’s excellence in arts, culture, and civic engagement.

The Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) program stream aims to create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs throughout the innovation continuum, and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness. It includes business incubators / accelerators for digital technology skills training, such as The Art Party program for creatives & changemakers, inclusive of indigenous people, women and youth.

Art Categories


The First Peoples’ Cultural Council offers funding through the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards in the categories of Emerging Individual ArtistsSharing Traditional Arts Across GenerationsOrganizations and CollectivesAboriginal Arts Administrator and Cultural Manager Internships, and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts.


The Actors’ Fund of Canada provides short-term financial aid to members of the Canadian entertainment industry who have encountered an unforeseeable emergency.

Arts Education

ArtStarts brings professional artists into BC schools for performances, workshops, residencies and exhibitions. They provide grants through the following programs: Artists in the Classroom Grants for SchoolsArtists in Education Grants for DistrictsArts in Education Council of BC Fund, and the Cherniavsky Fund.

Access to Music Foundation works to provide BC children with access to musical instruments, music education and mentorship. Programs include the Instrument Program, the Beautiful Heart Award, and funding through its Scholarship Trust.


The Craft Council of British Columbia offers the Grace Cameron Awards Scholarship and the Filberg Festival Professional Development Bursary to eligible craft artists.

Creative Industries

Creative BC is an independent agency that is responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in BC and providing a single point of access for industry programming, production and support services, tax credit administration, international marketing and policy development. They administer a number of funding programs to support the creative industries.

FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records) is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. The foundation administers contributions from private radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund. Support is provided to recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs.

Music BC is a non-profit society that provides information, education, funding, advocacy, awareness and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote BC’s music community. The association helps to fund and support the development of BC artists. They administer the MITAP Travel Assistance Program, the PEAK Performance Project, and has developed a Music Assistance Program for their members.


Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) is an arts service organization that helps dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. They offer their members a range of retraining and subsistence grants to help dancers address their present needs and pursue future career goals, as well as discretionary awards and bursaries.

Museums and Heritage

The BC Museums Association offers an awards program which recognizes individuals, institutions and companies who have made a significant or unique contribution to the province’s museums, art galleries and heritage community. In addition to the BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement, the BCMA’s Bursary Program includes two which that may be awarded annually: The Barrie Hardcastle Bursary for professional development in financial administration and management, and The Joe Nagel Technology Bursary.

The Canadian Museums Association provides bursaries to assist museum professionals in the areas of conferences, emerging professional development, mid-career professional development, and preserving Canadian treasures.

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s British Columbia History Digitization Program promotes increased access to BC’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to provincial historical material.

Visual Arts

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation provides financial assistance to artists and art students in the early and developmental stage of their career, who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking, and demonstrate a commitment to making art a lifetime career.

Tech for Non Profts

TechSoup Canada is a program of the Centre for Social Innovation, and a member of the TechSoup Global Network.  Being a nonprofit ourselves, we understand all too well the challenges facing the Canadian nonprofit sector and we want to help. We can connect you to donated and discounted technologies through our technology donations program and provide valuable learning resources to equip you and your colleagues with technology tips and best practices. TechSoup Canada approves funding for Google Ad Grants .

Canadian Foundations

The Access Copyright Foundation provides grants to those in the Canadian cultural sector involved in the creation and dissemination of publishable Canadian works.

The Birks Family Foundation supports registered charities including arts organizations which promote the development and understanding of Canadian culture.

Central City Foundation’s innovative model creates exponential value beyond traditional foundation funding. By investing our core capital in social purpose real estate (SPRE), we amplify your impact and create lasting change in our community.

The Commonwealth Foundation awards funding for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civicl society participation.

Community Impact Real Estate contributes to the efforts of building an inclusive local economy by using the space in our portfolio to provide affordable goods, services, social service support and employment opportunities for the residents in the communities within which we work.

The First West Foundation provides a number of grants in communities across the province to registered Canadian charities that demonstrate fiscal responsibility and have a committed board of directors.

The Hamber Foundation provides grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation prefers to support specific projects rather than contributing to general sustaining assistance or to large capital projects.

The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation provides funding to stimulate and invigorate non-profit organizations in the cultural and creative arts and the social services who serve communities throughout BC. It also provides funding to BC students who wish to pursue pre-professional studies in performing or visual arts at institutions around the world.

The McLean Foundation provides grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health an welfare.

The Conconi Family Foundation aims to inspire lasting change and improve the quality of life across communities in British Columbia. We do so by building partnerships and funding key initiatives across three priority areas: healthcare, social services and education.

The Vancouver Foundation provides funding for innovative projects or for collaborating in groups to solve larger community issues. Systems Change Grants support projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions. We also support work that benefits communities and populations as a whole. This helps contribute to meaningful and lasting change.

Corporate Funders

BMO Financial Group provides donations and sponsorships to large and small organization across a variety of areas including education, arts and culture, civic and community. Although support is broadly based, the focus is on assisting organizations and initiatives that encourage and facilitate learning.

Google Ad Grants works just like Google Ads online advertising, by displaying your message to people who are searching for nonprofits like yours. If you’re a qualifying nonprofit, you’ll receive $10,000 USD in in-kind Google Ads advertising every month.

TELUS Community Funds provide funding to charities that help to educate and empower youth to improve their quality of life and enable them to reach their full potential.

RBC Emerging Artists Project provides funding, mentorship, programming, and exposure to audiences to help artists transition from school to career.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund has invested over $10 million annually in major projects and initiatives to improve the communities where it operates.

Vancity Grants: Since 1994 Vancity has distributed $306 million to members through dividends and to communities through grants and community investment initiatives.