Open Grants to Galleries and Groups

On the occasion of our 40th Anniversary, we are soliciting proposals from groups, galleries and/or collectives to create new programming or enhance existing programming in their community. The intention of this Open Call to Galleries and Groups program is to encourage exhibition/art engagement activities across the province. For this special anniversary, we have expanded the previous Open Grants program so please read the description below carefully.

Eligibility: Any gallery, group or collective can apply for up to $750 to assist with costs related to an activity. An artist or arts professional must be directly involved with the project.

Criteria: Galleries and/or groups must fill out a short application form and project budget to receive funds. All applications will be reviewed by the VANS Programming Committee and notified within 2 weeks. We will not accept applications from galleries/groups for a previously funded project (such as a recurring fundraiser, exhibition or annual event). However, if galleries and groups have been funded in the past they may still apply for a different project.

Deadline: The program will accept applications between March 24 and April 15. Unlike previous years, applications will not be accepted after the deadline April 15th at 5pm.

Application: We do not prescribe how funds must be spent; however, priority will be given to projects that have direct engagement with their community (including artist talks, hands-on workshops, educational programming and public interventions). Activities can include, but are certainly not limited to, a pop-up residency, occupying a vacant storefront as exhibition space, or activating non-traditional spaces into art spaces. Applicants are required to provide in the application form: a description of the project or activity, requested amount with budget (using template). Projects must occur by December 31, 2017.

Acknowledgement: We ask that an acknowledgement of this funding be included in any promotional materials accompanying the proposed project, download our 40th anniversary logo, or contact us and we will e-mail it to you.

While membership is not a requirement to apply for a grant please consider supporting VANS and our programs and services by purchasing a Gallery or Group Membership online.

Open Grants applications will open March 24.