Art Grants: Bonus Round

The GVIAS Grant Committee would like to announce a one time “Bonus Grant” round for 2018. We created this round because we had a very large number of art applications this year that did not receive a grant due to not meeting GVIAS’ interactivity requirements. The Committee was left with a lot of leftover funds; so, we decided to create a new round to help get money to artists while still supporting our mission to fund interactive art.

How is this round different? This round DOES NOT require interactivity to be considered for a grant. Instead, ALL art applications submitted in the “Bonus Grant” round will be evaluated (unless there is a budget or safety concern). Projects with interactive elements will score higher than non-interactive projects and have a higher chance of receiving the maximum $500 award. What makes a project interactive? In its simplest form, interactive art becomes something different when people engage with it, compared to when the art is sitting alone.

If you submitted a project in a previous round that did not receive a grant due to lack of interactivity, we highly encourage you to re-apply to this “Bonus Grant” round. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us directly at

Grants Funding for Burn In The Forest is available for small-scale interactive and/or artistic pieces which will attend Burn In The Forest. The maximum award for this bonus round is $500. The deadline for applications is June 1 at 11:59PM.

Applications Closed



Art grants ONLY cover materials (consumables and fixed assets which are necessary to the art piece), and operational costs. These grants will NOT cover labor expenses including the artist’s time, transportation costs, purchase of alcohol, food, or tickets to the event.

Fixed Assets (e.g. tools, structures, electronics) may be submitted, but should be specialized, essential to the functionality of the project, and should be a relatively small portion of the expense. (i.e. a $50 Arduino in an $800 project is reasonable. A $50 wood sculpture requiring an $800 band saw is not. Well, the saw is not, at least.)

Recall that tools and other fixed assets may be available for low-cost rent from a rental agency, or even a free loan from a community member. Don’t know a community member with a band saw? Ask on the various social media pages and email lists…people love to help a good art project


Any individual artist, team of artists or established group (for teams of artists, please have one person submit an application for the group) may apply. Applicants must be a member of Greater Vancouver Interactive Art’s Society. Membership is free and can be obtained by applying through the GVIAS website here.


Successful applicants will be asked to sign a contract in order to receive their grant. Bonus grants will be paid out in full after submission of receipts.

A failure to execute your proposed art project may result in ineligibility for future grants.

Applications Closed