Public Art Grant

The Public Art Grant is closed.

Squamish Arts (SA) adjudicates the Public Art Grant (PAG) for local arts and culture projects that seek to engage artists with residents and visitors in a creative collaboration that is publicly accessible, and leaves a lasting experience or legacy for those who interact with it.

The Objectives of the Public Art Program:

  • To nurture a collaborative process between practicing artists and the Squamish community;
  • To encourage the creation of publicly accessible artwork that has artistic merit and community benefit;
  • To foster community pride, identity and cohesion through a collaborative artistic endeavor;
  • To provide small scale opportunities for artists to gain experience in the field of public art;
  • To increase the community’s understanding of public art through small scale locally based projects;
  • To reflect the diversity, needs, and ambitions of the larger community.

Successful applicants will clearly identify how their project meets one or more of the program objectives.

Who Can Apply:

Community organizations/groups/individuals that operate within British Columbia are eligible to apply for a Public Art Grant, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Non-profit Arts Groups
  • Individual artists
  • Community Service Groups
  • Community Associations
  • Parent Advisory Councils
  • Multicultural Societies
  • Historic Societies
  • Artist Collectives- unincorporated or incorporated
  • Partnerships are also encouraged and welcomed with businesses, individual artists, etc.

However, please note that preference will be given to organizations/groups/individuals who are either Skwxwú7mesh Nation artists who reside anywhere within BC, or artists who reside in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Who Cannot Apply?:

  • For-profit entities;
  • Groups who have outstanding final reports for projects previously funded by SA
  • Festivals for sponsorship


What Type of Projects are Eligible?:

Community public art projects need to be exterior works which are either temporary, or permanent. The works can include, but are not limited to freestanding sculptures; murals, mosaics, digital projections, functional art such as benches or bike racks; streetscape improvements such as sidewalks or plazas; and place markers. A wide variety of mediums and artistic disciplines will be considered, including mixed media, digital media, etc.

The applicant is responsible for getting approvals and permits for the work’s location and/or presentation with aid from Squamish Arts if needed. Temporary projects must be documented in a format that can be shared in a public setting and retained as a publicly accessible permanent record (eg. website and social media).


The public art installation must take place in Squamish on public land. Please refer to the Inspirational/ Location information on the website for specific information about designated public art locations. Please note that you can also suggest/request a specific location if none of the provided options are appropriate for your installation. Please refer to the DOS GIS if you would like to look for alternate locations. You can also talk to Squamish Arts about this by emailing

If you have an idea for a piece that doesn’t have a location in mind, you can apply with the idea and subsequently work with Squamish Arts and the District of Squamish to find a suitable place.

The Application Process:

Applications will be juried annually in the fall starting in October 2022 and approved projects must occur between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. Grant recipients will be announced in December, 2022 and will receive an award letter with the next steps for the process.

Funding decisions are based on the number and quality of requests received by the deadlines. Projects must pass each of the evaluation sections in order to be funded. The jury will base their evaluations on how well the applicant answers the questions and how well their project meets the program goals utilizing an evaluation sheet – provided below.

All eligibility criteria must be met to be considered for grant funding.

An unfavourable decision from the assessment Committee should not be seen as a reflection of the quality or value of the endeavour. Rather, it is the result of the difficult choices that must be made from amongst the many worthy applications we receive from across Squamish.

The Committee seldom provides 100% of the support required or requested for any given project. We encourage applicant organizations to develop a broad base of financial and in-kind support for proposed projects or initiatives.

Eligible Uses for PAG Funding Includes:

  • Artist/technician/designer fees (may include fee/hour plus expenses) for the fabrication and/or installation of the project;
  • Materials and supplies (consumables such as paint, canvas, glue, etc);
  • Equipment rentals;
  • Cost of setting up a safe venue for art production (insurance, tents, rental fees, permits);
  • Documentation (videographer, photographer, editing, printing);
  • Coordination/project management (someone to help with logistics and publicity);
  • Volunteers and participants (food, beverage, thank you event).

Applicants are encouraged to try matching the grant dollar-for-dollar to the best of its abilities which may include in-kind value/donations, cash donations, grants or contributions from businesses or non-government agencies, and/or the applicant’s cash contribution to the proposed project. Matching funds are not a requirement but would be considered an asset in the review process.

All funds must be used for the proposed project within a calendar year.

Funding is Not Eligible For:

  • General operating expenses;
  • Any ongoing operational expenses of the applicant(s);
  • Capital improvements not directly related to the project;
  • Retroactive funding for projects already in progress or completed;
  • Deficits;
  • Capital or equipment purchases;
  • Travel
  • Hotel / food

Resources (2022)

Please note these are an example and will change for 2023.

Our Partners

Squamish Arts acknowledges that the land on which we live, work and recreate is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, particularly the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation. It is our responsibility to honour their ancestry by being an ally to the present.

Community Event Calendar

Terms & Conditions

Event Eligibility: Only events related to public art and cultural activities located in Squamish, BC will be considered for inclusion in the calendar. The event should align with the purpose and focus of Squamish Art’s mission and vision.

Submission Accuracy: The submitter is responsible for providing accurate and up-to-date information about the event, including the event title, date, time, location, description, and any additional relevant details.

Ownership and Permissions: By submitting an event to the calendar, the submitter confirms that they have the necessary rights and permissions to promote the event and its associated content, including any images or multimedia files.

Event Approval: Submission does not guarantee automatic inclusion in the public art calendar. The calendar administrators reserve the right to review and approve each event before it is published. Approved events will be added to the calendar in a timely manner.

Editing and Removal: The calendar administrators reserve the right to edit event details, including the event title, description, date, time, and location, to ensure accuracy and consistency. The administrators also reserve the right to remove an event from the calendar at any time without prior notice.

Pricing Guidelines: Submitters must either be a member or pay a non-refundable fee of $10 for each event submitted. Membership details and fee payment instructions will be provided separately.

Public Accessibility: The public art calendar is available to the general public. By submitting an event, the submitter acknowledges that the event details will be visible to anyone accessing the calendar.

Content Guidelines: Event submissions must adhere to the guidelines of respectful and inclusive language. The calendar administrators reserve the right to reject or modify event submissions that contain offensive, discriminatory, or inappropriate content.

Liability: The calendar administrators are not responsible for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the event details provided by the submitter. The submitter agrees to hold the administrators harmless from any claims or liabilities arising from the inclusion or exclusion of an event in the calendar.

Data Privacy: Personal information collected during the event submission process will be handled in accordance with applicable data protection laws and the privacy policy of the public art calendar.

Modifications to Terms and Conditions: The calendar administrators may update or modify these terms and conditions at any time. It is the responsibility of the submitter to review the terms periodically and ensure compliance.

By submitting an event to the public art calendar, the submitter agrees to comply with these terms and conditions.