Since 2010, the Squamish Arts Council adjudicates the Community Arts & Culture Enhancement Grant (CACEG) for local arts, culture, and/or heritage projects that seek to provide community enhancement. This funding is awarded by the District of Squamish to the Squamish Arts Council (SAC) through the Community Enhancement Grant Program. Annual CACEG funds in any given year are contingent on SAC’s success with the Community Enhancement Grant Program.

The 2018 Grant program has two streams that members of the Squamish Arts Council can apply for:

  • STREAM 1: Member Group Grants
  • STREAM 2: Community Initiatives

Both programs have specific eligibility criteria and separate application forms. Please read the guidelines to know which stream you should be applying for.

About STREAM 1 Member Group Grant Program

Funding is available to groups or organizations who are members of the Squamish Arts Council with arts and culture projects comparable to the goals and mandate of Arts Council. Priority will be given to established non-profit societies, but unincorporated groups may apply. SAC will provide funds to pay specific expenses for approved projects that seek to enhance arts, culture, and/or heritage activities in Squamish.


About STREAM 2 Community Initiative Program

Funding is available to members of the Squamish Arts Council (SAC) with arts and culture projects comparable to the goals and mandate of Arts Council. SAC will provide funds to pay specific expenses for approved community initiatives that seek to enhance arts, culture, and/or heritage activities in Squamish. This funding stream is open to artists, individuals, and unincorporated collectives. If you are an established group, society, or charity please apply to the Group Member Grant Program.

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

Other applicants are welcome to work with qualified community groups or non-profits to make an application to the CACEG. 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 for eligible projects.


You must be a member in good standing with the Squamish Arts Council to apply for the grant. Becoming a member of the Squamish Arts Council does not guarantee success with your grant applications. All applications will be disseminated against equally qualified applications with the evaluation criteria. See guidelines for more details.

Eligible Projects

Project proposals that are within the framework of arts, culture, and heritage for Squamish are eligible. The intent of the grant is to provide community enhancement through the lens of art, culture and/or heritage.  A broad range of projects will be eligible for support from the CACEG, 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. Funds also cannot be used for advertising, administrative, annual operation costs, capital expenditures, or festival sponsorship and operations.

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

Be creative!


Assessment of applications is done by a committee of local volunteers who are passionate about the arts and the community. The committee will assess how well the project proposal meets the evaluation criteria, contributes to community enhancement for the arts, and meets the mandate of the Squamish Arts Council.

Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and before December 31, 2018.

Applications are judged against these criteria alongside a number of equally eligible applications. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure their application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The CACEG Committee is made up of a team of dedicated volunteers a SAC board members. If you want to be on an assessment committee for future grants contact us at [email protected] (DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL – please use the email that is indicated on the forms – [email protected]).

NEW EXTENDED Deadline: November 30th, 2018 by 11:59 PST. 

Late applications will not be reviewed. For previous grant recipients, final reports from the previous year are required for your 2018 application to be considered. All applicants must be members of the Squamish Arts Council prior to submitting their application.

Applicants will be notified before the end of January 2018.

Please send submissions electronically to [email protected]ncil.com (max 10mb). Only electronic submissions will be considered unless otherwise approved.


Things to Know About CACEG Grants

  • An unfavourable decision from the assessment Committee should not be seen as a reflection of the quality or value of the endeavour. Rather, it is the result of the difficult choices that must be made from amongst the many worthy applications we receive from across Squamish.
  • The Committee seldom provides 100% of the support required for any given project. We encourage applicant organizations to develop a broad base of support for proposed projects or initiatives.


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
2014 Grant Recipients

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