Public space vibrancy grant

Apply now to enhance the downtown experience

Each year, the DVBIA collaborates with local organizations, community groups, and creative individuals to help enhance and beautify its public realm. In an effort to spread awareness of the opportunity to program and animate downtown Vancouver public spaces, the DVBIA is happy to announce the “Public Space Vibrancy Grant.”

By completing a short form, applicants can submit their ideas for public space activations, transformations, and programming. Proposals may be for an outdoor drag show, art installation, live music performance, chalk art, etc.

how to apply

Who can apply?

Anyone with an interest in public space including community organizers, artists, musicians, and performers. Note: You do not need to be registered as a non-profit or charity to apply. Preference will be shown to new partners who have not yet worked with the DVBIA.

What kind of public spaces are eligible?

Key focus spaces include; Robson Square, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square – Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, Lot 19, Granville Square etc. For a map of the full opportunity area of outdoor spaces please click here

What is the deadline?

The deadline for applications is July 16th.  Successful projects will be completed prior to September 31st.

How do I apply?

Submit this short form. Once received, the DVBIA will contact short-listed projects to further elaborate on the proposal plans and discuss a formal budget.

How much funding is available?

Applicants can request up to $2,500 to support their idea.

eLigible public spaces

The activation or project must occur in a public space within the DVBIA district. We’ve highlighted some suggested public spaces below.

Successful applicants will be guided by the Placemaking and Public Spaces team to navigate protocols such as permits and insurance, and to secure a location for their proposal within the downtown core. Additionally, COVID regulations and all Provincial Health Orders will be followed throughout the planning and activation phases.

The deadline for applications is July 16th, 2021. For further questions or for more information, please contact Clare Warner: clare@dtvan.ca.