Enriching the lives of Cowichan Valley youth through bursaries and scholarships dedicated to the performing arts.

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Supporting youth to pursue performing arts activities and education in music, theatre, dance and singing

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.

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Deadline Alert

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Applications for Fall classes are due.

CVPAF Application Intake Deadline

Applications for funding intake are reviewed two times per year.The deadlines for application submissions are:

For fall classes: September 15
For spring classes: January 15

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!

CVPAF Board Minutes

Previous years available upon request

CVPAF January 2019 minutes

No meeting in February

CVPAF March 2019 Minutes

CVPAF April 2019 Minutes