Granville Island Activation Grants


Apply for up to $5000.00 to activate public space


Granville Island is a vibrant cultural district located in the center of Vancouver, minutes from downtown and surrounded by ocean, cityscapes and mountain views. With accessible public spaces and an emphasis on pedestrian-friendly streets, Granville Island provides a haven for locals and tourists, inviting people to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

To expand and connect the pedestrian realm on Granville Island, we are offering micro-grants of up to $5000.00 to activate our new public space, The Chain & Forge, a flexible gathering space located directly under the Granville Street Bridge, at the physical heart of Granville Island.


A new public space under the Granville Street Bridge: “The Chain & Forge” is named after the Canada Chain & Forge Factory that operated on this site during Granville Island’s industrial era. The Chain and Forge will become a gathering place to enhance social connection through diverse outdoor programming, temporary structures, installations, pop-ups and workshops.


Grants are available to individuals, artist-ensembles/collectives and non-profit organizations, with the purpose of enhancing social connection, fostering creativity, and building vital urban environments through diverse outdoor programming, temporary structures, installations, pop-ups, informal gatherings and workshops. Activations and programming should vary in length from 1 to 7 days, during the daytime and/or evening, and must provide a minimum of 4 hours of public interaction.


Timeline for Activation Grants: Projects that receive grants must take place May – September 30th, 2018.

Dec 1, 2017                Applications open
Jan 24, 2018               Information sessions at 2 and 6pm, 1402 Anderson Street, Granville Island
(If you need more information or a meeting location map, please RSVP [email protected])

Feb 12, 2018               Application deadline
Mar 2018                     Finalists announced

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, February 12th, 2018 by 4 pm

Activation Grants will support the following activities and more…

Cultural Programming: outdoor theatre, performance art, dance, live music, food events, cultural celebrations
Interactive Activities: games, workshops, community art projects, public dancing
After Dark: unique lighting elements, projection, film screenings, multi-media events
Public Art Installations: 1 week to 4 months (Materials must be durable in variable weather)
Ineligible projects

Demonstrations, marches, and rallies
Promotional activations, fundraising

Priority will be given to projects that showcase a strong combination of the following aspects:

Accessibility: Inspiring participation and engaging people of various ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds and economic status
Innovation: Unique designs, programming and use of space, creative collaborations
Capacity: Knowledge, skills and resources required to facilitate, coordinate, and administer the project

Note: Depending on the nature of proposal, applicants may be required to provide insurance and obtain permits and/or approval from other applicable city processes such as Vancouver Coastal Health.


To access and submit an Activation Grant application, PLEASE APPLY HERE.
Please submit questions to: [email protected]