Since 2010 the Squamish Arts Council’s Community Arts & Culture Enhancement Grant has been intended as a flow through grant from the District of Squamish where 100% of the monies received are redistributed to local arts organizations and art initiatives.

NEW: The  Community Arts & Culture Enhancement grant has seen some revisions to its guidelines and criteria for 2017. Please review below.

Who Can Apply?

Established community groups and non-profit organizations within the District of Squamish.

For the purposes of this grant, educational facilities and clubs are eligible to apply.

I’m not a non-profit – can I still apply?

Other actors are welcome to work with a qualified community groups or non-profits to make an application to the Fund. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified community group or non-profit would submit the application on behalf of the collaborating partner(s).

For-profit art groups can apply for funding IF their projects are non-profit and community oriented and do not support the bottom line, revenues or expenditures of their businesses. For-profit entities are encouraged to collaborate with non-profit groups.

Eligible Projects

Non-profit societies can develop project proposals that are within the framework of arts, culture and heritage for Squamish. The intent of the grant is to provide community enhancement through the lens or art, culture and/or heritage.  A broad range of projects will be eligible for support from the Fund, as outlined by the application guidelines and assessment methodology. Please refer to these for developing your project proposals.

Ineligible Projects

The intent of the grant is community enhancement. It is up to the applicant to make a strong case as to why and how their project supports community enhancement. Grant monies are not provided for projects that make a surplus or profit or add to the profitability of a business or for-profit entity. 2017 funds also cannot be used for advertising, administrative, annual operation costs, capital expenditures or festivals.

Projects whose focus is not arts, culture and heritage are not eligible.

Be creative!

Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and before December 31, 2017.

Applications are judged against these criteria alongside a number of equally eligible applications.

Grant application period is now closed for 2017. Check back in early 2018 for updates!

Please send submissions electronically to (max 10mb)

View the 2017 Community Arts and Culture Enhancement Grant press release here.

2017 Grant Recipients

Squamish Elementary School PAC – Aboriginal Community Art & Teaching Project
A model of collaboration, this project will bring together students, Squamish Nation elders and the wider community for a cultural art legacy initiative.
Sea to Sky Singers – 2017 Spring Concerts
Titled Routes, Sea to Sky Singers will perform concerts in three communities throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Squamish Visuals – ArtWalk-150
Building upon the goals of Canada’s sesquicentennial, ArtWalk-150 will showcase local artists in a variety of venues, providing participants with opportunities to gain deeper understanding of Canadian Art and Squamish heritage.
Cheakamus Centre – Spirit Within
A collaboration with renowned artist, Xwalackun, O.B.C., this initiative will provide a range of positive outcomes including youth engagement and opportunities for Squamish Nation youth mentorship.
Squamish Farmer’s Market – Summer Entertainment Program
Summer entertainment at the Farmer’s Market will continue with a regular program of live music and the introduction of Chef @ the Market, where chefs prepare and serve local ingredients.
Between Shifts – KAYAK
Winner of the Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest, KAYAK is a “gripping, heartbreaking” (Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio) account of the strange chain of events that leaves mother, Annie Iversen alone and stranded in her son’s old kayak.

2016 Grant Recipients

“You Are Here” (Writing Workshop) – Andrea Hoff
The Squamish WIND Festival – Dave Thompson
Squamish Youth Arts Mentorship & Engagement Pilot Program/Arts Portfolio Workshop – Laurel Terlesky
Howe Sound Music Festival – Hayley Read
Narratives of the Lost” (Photography and Poetry Exhibition) – Laurel Terlesky and Bren Simmers
Squamish Farmers Market Entertainment Program –  Patrick Demers

2015 Grant Recipients


Squamish Farmers Market
Squamish BIA
Visuals Society
Squamish Montessori
Squamish Wind Festival
Howe Sound Performing Arts
Between Shifts Theatre


Toby Jaxon
Stan Matwychuk, Homebase Studios
Laurel Terlesky, Hallowed Winds Installation at Quest University

2014 Grant Recipients

The Squamish Arts Council would like to congratulate the following groups who are recipients of 2014 SAC/DOS Arts Enhancement Grants.

Howe Sound Drama – Club Preparation and printing of a scrapbook documenting Drama Club history
VISUALS  – Wind Festival Art Show in the SAC Building
VISUALS – Squamish Art Crawl
Squamish Wind Festival – Squamish Wind Festival programming
Squamish Farmers Market – Musical entertainment for market shoppers
Squamish Public Library – Support year round gallery programming
A local student – Attend a New York Academy for Classical Ballet training
H.S.P.A.A. – Howe Sound Music Festival
Downtown Squamish BIA – Support street entertainment during SVMF

2013 Grant Recipients
Between Shifts Theatre Society – “A Christmas Carol” production
Howe Sound Performing Arts Association – Howe Sound Music Festival
Howe Sound Drama Club – History Project
Squamish Valley Photographic Association – “Squamish 100 Years – A Snapshot” book
Visuals – Artwalk Cultural Crawl 2013

This grant opportunity is made possible by the District of Squamish