City of Vancouver staff have recommended an additional $580,000 in grants for arts and cultural groups in the 2018 civic budget.
That would amount to a five percent increase over last year’s final figure of $11.49 million in grants, bringing the total to $12.07 million.
Council is expected to vote on the budget on Wednesday (December 6).
The B.C. Alliance for Arts + Culture has welcomed the increase, but notes there’s still a chance that the funding hike could be reduced or even eliminated.
“Therefore, it is vital that the Vancouver arts community expresses to the Mayor and Councillors its strong support for this proposed increase,” the alliance stated in an advocacy alert emailed to its members.
The budget document points out that the cultural-services department oversees three primary components: grants and awards, public art and cultural infrastructure, and spaces.