In a tweet (below), Chair of CRD Arts Commission Colin Plant announced that the Commission has voted to support Sooke’s inclusion in the CRD Arts Commission. This sets the stage, putting the wheels in motion for Sooke Arts groups to be able to apply for CRD Arts funding, with eligibility probably starting in January 2019.
The Commission has voted to support a bylaw amendment that changes the establishing bylaw defining membership. Membership currently includes Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sidney and Southern Gulf Islands (newest member).
In next week’s board meeting, the CRD will give the first three readings to the amendment. If passed (which Colins anticipates), the amended bylaw goes to the existing membership for support. They will have 60 days to state their position, and 2⁄3 support is required. Plant expects this will be easily achieved.
The bylaw will then go back to the CRD for a fourth and final reading.
Plant said that now is a good time for Sooke Arts groups to start preparing for the very likely outcome of Sooke’s inclusion. He strongly recommends that local arts groups start looking into the application processes now, so that the processes are known come application time in 2019. The first call for grants happens in January, with project grants. In order to be considered for operating grants (usually more funding), a prerequisite is having successfully applied for a project grant.
So, it is in the interest of all Sooke Arts groups seeking funding to start looking into project grants for this first intake in January 2019.
Membership is not free. The annual household cost for inclusion, which is based on an inter-municipal formula, will be about $5 per average tax assessment. (For comparison purposes SEAPARC costs about $146.18 per average assessment.)
Participation with the CRD Arts Commission will allow local Arts Groups to access four funding programs starting in 2019.
- Operating Grants, which support established organizations with the structure and capacity to maintain ongoing annual programming;
- Project Grants, which support new and recurring activity by established and emerging arts organizations not eligible for the operating grant program;
- Equity Grants, which engages organizations at risk of exclusion;
- Incubator Grants (piloted in 2018), which focuses on capacity building and mentorship for new and emerging groups
Sooke has a very active and vibrant arts community, which includes (but is not limited to) the Sooke Fine Arts Show, the Secret Garden Tour, the Sooke Philharmonic, the Sooke Writers Collection, the Sooke Arts Council, and the Sooke Music and Arts Festival.
Very pleased to vote supporting a @crd_bc @FeedTheArtsYYJ bylaw amendment to see @SookeCa join the CRD Arts Commission starting in 2019. We are indeed stronger together! Process will take several months but it’s begun! #yyjarts #Saanich #Sooke @SookePocketNews and… #sookearts
— Colin Plant (@ColinPlant2018) July 4, 2018
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- Download an overview of the CRD Arts Service (PDF)
- Download an Arts Funding brochure (PDF)
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