Provincial funding coming to help improve Chilliwack Cultural Center – Hope Standard

The Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Center Society will be getting nearly $40,000 from the provincial government to help improve the Chilliwack Cultural Center.

“The arts sector has been hit hard by COVID-19, and Chilliwack is no exception,” said Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter. “Our government continues to support the dynamic arts sector as it recovers and thrives, so people can once again enjoy events and gatherings at venues like the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.”

The Cultural Center will be benefitting from BC’s Arts Infrastructure Program funding, receiving a grant for $39,842.

The local venue is one of 84 arts and cultural organizations that will share $4 million in grant funding. The program provides grants to arts and cultural organizations to develop and enhance spaces that support BC’s arts and cultural practitioners. Eligible activities include planning and consultation and capital improvements, such as improving safety features; increasing accessibility; or purchasing specialized equipment.

In April, the BC Arts Council introduced its Extending Foundations: Action Plan 2022-2024 which marked a shift in focus in the way the council provides funding to respond to calls to action for reconciliation, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

In alignment with these commitments, 50 per cent of grants in this recent round of arts infrastructure funding was distributed to organizations from rural or remote communities or those led by or rooted in Indigenous and equity-deserving communities.

Established in 2020, the Arts Infrastructure Program was introduced with a base budget of $2 million. To meet demand, the Province committed an additional $2 million in one-time funding, which doubled available grants to $4 million in 2021. This increase supported 97 projects in the first round of funding that was distributed in fall 2021. To date, 191 arts organizations have received grants through the Arts Infrastructure Program.

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