Information Guide - 2018 Granville Island Activation Grants


Apply for up to $5000.00 to activate public space


Granville Island is a vibrant cultural district located in the centre 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. All projects should be free, accessible and must take place on Granville Island at the Chain & Forge location.


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


The Granville Island Activation Grants & Initiatives program has been created to:

  • Highlight interaction & engagement
  • Activate the public realm
  • Create memorable experiences for visitors
  • Enhance social connection – social well-being
  • Foster creativity & innovation
  • Build a vital urban environment
  • Advance Granville Island’s reputation as an artistic and cultural destination



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

  • Jan 24, 2018           Information Session
  • Feb 12, 2018          Application Deadline
  • March 2018            Finalists Announced


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, yoga, immersive experiences
  • After Dark: unique lighting elements, projection, film screenings, multimedia events
  • Culinary Events: food trucks, licensed areas, long table dinners, public potluck
  • Public Art Installations:
    • Original – temporary (up to 4 months) - exterior work
    • A variety of mediums or artistic disciplines
    • Electronic: video, LED artwork, digital projections and/or lighting
    • Environmental or natural elements of any material or combination of elements
    • Freestanding sculpture and site installations


Ineligible projects

  • Demonstrations, marches and rallies
  • Promotional activations, including sampling or sample distribution, coupon distribution, promotional materials (flyers, booklets, etc.) for corporate or commercial business interests
  • Fundraising
  • Sales of goods and services (culinary events & food trucks or licensed areas as part of a bigger event will be considered on a case by case basis)


Granville Island Demographics

  • August is the most popular month to visit Granville Island.
  • Approximately 57% of visits take place between June & September.
  • Thousands of visitors explore the island daily during the summer months and many of them may encounter your activation. Please take this into consideration when developing your proposal.


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, compelling vision for programming and use of space, creative collaborations.
  • Capacity: Knowledge, skills and resources required to facilitate, coordinate, and administer the project. A concise vision with clear objectives.



Successful applicants will be notified in late March 2018, and may be required to participate in a site walk to finalize project details. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • A site plan – including a list of all items proposed for the site.
  • A production schedule including activation times, loading in and loading out of production items etc.
  • A list and contact information for all crew, staff or lead organizers responsible for the project. 
  • Depending on the complexity of the project, we may require additional planning meetings.
  • A signage plan (if applicable).
  • Depending on the nature of the proposal, applicants may be required to provide insurance and obtain permits and/or approval from other applicable organizations such as Vancouver Coastal Health.



If your project receives an Activation Grant, the following terms and conditions will apply:

  • Grant funding must be used for the projects as outlined in the application and as approved.
  • Grant funding is not to be used retroactively or to reduce or eliminate accumulated deficits.
  • The organization/individual must meet all eligibility requirements for the Activation Grant.
  • If there are any changes to the original project as outlined in the application, Granville Island must approve any changes in writing.
  • If the grant funding is not used for the project as outlined in the application, the applicant will be required to repay funding to Granville Island.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a final report with information on demographics, etc. (A template will be provided.)
  • All projects that receive funding must include the Granville Island logo on all marketing and promotional material. Digital logo files will be provided upon request by Granville Island.
  • Press releases and newsletters must include the following text:

    This project is made possible through Granville Island’s Activation Grants and Initiatives.



Granville Island is administered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), a federal crown agency of the Government of Canada, and is financially self-supporting.


To access the Activation Grant application, download the file attachment below or click here.  

Please submit questions and completed applications to Jacqueline ReceveurCultural Programming & Events.



PDF icon Activation Grant Application Package232.96 KB