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Festivals Burnaby

Please note: Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions on events and gatherings, Festivals Burnaby applications are suspended until further notice. No applications for in-person or virtual events will be accepted.

Festivals Burnaby

The Festivals Burnaby Community Festival and Events Grant initiative provides funding to eligible organizations in Burnaby to support existing events and festivals or to initiate new events, festivals and projects in the community. These could be neighbourhood initiatives, events within specific areas of the city and / or citywide or regional events.

Guidelines & Forms

Community festivals should evoke a celebratory feeling, be innovative and entertaining and encourage the following:  celebration of community spirit, achievement and congregation; a representation of the City’s diversity; awareness of local and visiting talent, expression, and uniqueness; and the appreciation of arts and culture, heritage and community pride.

While encouraging the sustaining of existing events and the development of new ones, the Festivals Burnaby Grant Program will not support the following: strictly sports / athletic tournaments; events whose main purpose is fundraising; strictly commercial events / enterprises; events occurring outside of Burnaby; school fairs / events (except centennial celebrations); retroactive projects; capital expenditures; society / association base operating expenses; individuals; or political / religious activities.

Application Forms

Please download these forms to your computer before filling them out (data may be lost if you fill them out in your internet browser). Apple device users must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to complete these fillable forms. This app is available via the app store. 

Budget Forms
Final Report Form

Application Deadlines 

Neighbourhood Events

No specific deadlines, applications are received throughout the year with the exception of July and August.

Small Scale - Festivals & Special Events

Two deadlines annually, March 15, 3:00pm and October 15, 3:00pm. 

Large Scale - Festivals & Special Events

Two deadlines annually, March 15, 3:00pm and October 15, 3:00pm. 

You must submit your application form along with support material prior to deadlines. No exceptions are made for late applications. Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, applications and any support material may be delivered or postmarked on the next business day.

Only one grant per year will be allocated to the same organization.

Within the program guidelines, the actual allocation of funds will be at the discretion of the Financial Management Committee and under the authority and final approval of City Council.

Festivals Burnaby Logo

All individuals and organizations receiving funding from the Burnaby Festivals Grant Program must acknowledge the support in all promotional materials with the Festivals Burnaby Grant Program logo. For details on graphic standards including logo usage and guidelines, view our Graphic Standards Guide. You can download colour and black logos below. Please email if you have any difficulty downloading the logos.

Black Colour

Contact Us

Grant Program Administrator
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 2J3
Phone 604-294-7106

Past Grant Recipients