The CRD Arts Development Service provides funding support to arts organizations. Funding is provided on behalf of eight participating municipalities: Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal,  Highlands, Metchosin, and Sidney. Although not a participant in the Arts Service, the municipality of North Saanich has provided a donation in support of regional arts since 2013.

The Arts Service has two active funding programs:

  • Operating Grants provide annual financial assistance to established arts organizations for ongoing programming and administrative expenses
  • Project Grants support emerging or established arts organizations for new, recurring or developmental initiatives

The Arts Service provided IDEA Grants (Innovate, Develop, Experiment, Access) between 2015 and 2016. The IDEA pilot program finished in 2016. Please check this webpage in April 2018 to learn about new grant programs.

Building our Arts Future

The CRD Arts Service conducted a community consultation in 2016 designed to strengthen the arts for all. Please visit the Building our Arts Future page for an update on community outreach and the Implementation Plan.

Arts Updates

Past Funding Recipients

To stay up to date, like Feed the Arts in the CRD on Facebook or follow @FeedtheArtsYYJ on Twitter.

About Arts Development

Arts & Entertainment

Calendar of Events - a listing of arts events presented in the Capital Region.


The Arts Service manages Landmarks, a searchable website dedicated to the presentation of public art in the region. This service is provided on behalf of arts service municipalities with public art policies.

Funding Programs:

New Financial statement requirements for Operating Grant applicants are effective as of the Fall 2017 application deadline; new Financial Statement requirements for Project Grant applicants are effective as of January 2018.

Operating Grants - Fall 2018

Application deadline TBA.

Note: All Applications are in two parts: Part A (Word) and Part B (Excel).

Please go to Applying for an Operating Grant or refer to the Operating Grant Guidelines for changes regarding Financial statements.

Project Grants - 2018

Next application deadline:
May 3rd, 2018, 4:30pm

Please go to 2018 Project Grant Guidelines for changes to the Financial Statement requirements.

Contact Us

Tel: 250.360.3215