In 2011, a group of dedicated volunteers recognized the need for funding assistance for children and youth in performing arts activities in the Cowichan Valley and The Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation (CVPAF) was formed. In 2014 the CVPAF received official enrollment as a federally registered charitable organization.

The CVPAF is the only locally-founded, not-for-profit organization in the Cowichan Valley dedicated to providing financial assistance and funding through bursaries and scholarships solely to youth (aged 18 and under) applicants requiring support to pursue performing arts activities and education in music, theatre, dance and singing. We also accept applications for bursaries and scholarships submitted from performing arts students already registered in performing arts programs wishing to further their education by way of additional classes, workshops and conferences.

The CVPAF is a community wide initiative – one in which all local performing arts schools can be involved from the ground up. The CVPAF provides funding assistance to kids 18 and under (who meet the eligibility requirements) residing across all communities within the Cowichan Valley regional district from Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, North Cowichan, South Cowichan, Lake Cowichan, Mill Bay, the Malahat district and all Cowichan Valley communities in between.

If you have any questions regarding the CVPAF or if you would like to help support or be involved – please contact us.


CVPAF Board Minutes – Current Year (previous years available upon request to the Foundation):

CVPAF is a provincially incorporated non-profit society and a registered charity under the Canada Revenue Act – 83476 8681 RR0001


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DEADLINE ALERT! Applications for Fall classes - August 1, 2019

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CVPAF Application Intake Deadlines:

Applications for funding intake are reviewed two times per year.

The deadlines for application submissions are:

For fall classes: August 1
For spring classes: December 1

Applications MUST be fully completed and submitted on or before each submission date in order to be processed for consideration.

If you have a travel/workshop opportunity or urgent funding need outside of these application intakes, please email us to discuss!