Incubator Microgrant Program

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Bring your idea for a public arts and culture experience to life! 

Comox Valley Arts Incubator program is now accepting applications. Emerging and professional artists can apply for $250-$1000 in funding for community-based arts and culture initiatives in the Comox Valley. This pilot program is accepting applications until June 10th for the summer grant intake. The initial pilot program seeks to disburse $8000 in total funding.

The intention behind the microgrant program is to support emerging and professional artists to create arts-based experiments that engage the broader public. We know there are few resources and funding streams available to artists, even fewer funding opportunities for experimental work. Experimental artistic practice that bridges disciplines or explores subjects that address community issues are important for the development of a healthy arts and culture sector.

This funding program supports projects that root practice in community engagement, and work that examines themes relevant to the Central Island community while addressing issues of decolonization and reconciliation. We believe by supporting grassroots and local emerging ideas, we can incubate a more equitable arts sector from the ground up. This is one small step in that direction.


  • Project must be geographically located in the Central Island Region.

  • Individuals who identify as emerging or professional artists can apply.

  • The intention of this program is to support small-scale projects. Organizations with operating budgets over $50,000 are ineligible. Individuals may not apply on behalf of an organization with a budget over $50,000.

  • Projects led by IBPOC will be prioritized because we understand the disproportionate impact of systemic racism on IBPOC communities both historically and currently.

  • While we encourage arts and culture initiatives that address social and environmental issues, projects must also involve some form of arts and cultural practice to be eligible.

To lower barriers to participation, the grant application process has been streamlined. In your application, we are seeking to understand your project and its potential impact, we are NOT assessing applicants on their use of English language. Applicants are welcome to submit a short video instead of filling out the application form. Please see the application form for more information. Note this is a shortened pilot period. This initial pilot program is accepting applications until June 10th for the summer grant program. CV/Arts will open applications for a winter intake in the late fall. Please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.