Community Fund

UPDATE, as of July 10, 2019:
We have received an overwhelming amount of applications for the Sustenance Community Fund and are no longer accepting applications.

If you have applied to the fund, please stay tuned for updates in the coming month.

Sustenance Fund is now closed to applications

Sustenance Festival recognizes the need for greater support for community groups working on food, arts, and culture initiatives. This fund totaling $5000 was created for that purpose.


The Sustenance Festival Community Fund aims to support existing work, seed new ideas, and showcase arts, culture, and food community in Vancouver. This fund will give priority to initiatives led by and for underrepresented communities. It aims to connect groups with resources (space, partners, staff, supplies, etc.) and continue building community capacity.

Sustenance Community Fund

Funding Information

  • The fund does not have a deadline and is ongoing until all funds are distributed
  • The specifics of the initiative are up to the discretion of the group and can be flexible depending on community need, comfort level, and capacity
  •  The initiative could be a gathering, event, workshop, ongoing project, or an idea you’d like to develop
  • We encourage initiatives that demonstrate collaboration and cultural sharing
  • Initiatives can be funded up to $500
  • There may be opportunities to showcase your initiative at a larger annual event and this can be worked out with Park Board staff

Funding Criteria

  • The initiative should in some way relate to food, arts, and/or culture
  • The initiative must take place within the City of Vancouver
  • Priority will be given to initiatives from underrepresented communities
  • Successful applicants will be asked for feedback at the end of your project as Sustenance Festival intends to keep improving ways it can support community group
A woman serves an apple chip to a community member at Apple Festival
In 2018, the Sustenance Festival supported a family-friendly fall apple and pumpkin patch event at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.

How to Access Funding:

Thank you for your interest. Funding is now closed for 2019 due to an overwhelming amount of applications.

Please check back in Spring 2020.