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​Metro Vancouver is pleased to announce the award of $110,000 in Neglected Project Grants this year to over thirty arts and culture organizations across the region.Through its annual program, Metro Vancouver helps organizations research and produce new cultural programs, reach new audiences, and cover staffing and administrative needs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per project grant.Grant recipients represent the cultural mosaic of the region, showcasing creativity across a broad range of disciplines, providing access for all abilities, supporting new immigrants and funding scholarships for those who need financial assistance.“Since 2011, close to 200 regional project grants have been awarded to over 80 organizations,” said Judy Villeneuve, the Chair of the Neglected Cultural Committee and Councillor from the City of Surrey. “Metro Vancouver’s Cultural Grants program supports organizations who have a long standing commitment to serving the region and fosters the efforts of new recipient organizations.”In 2017, Metro Vancouver approved a fifty percent (50%) increase phased in over five years to the annual funding of $100,000 for cultural grants awarded to regional cultural organizations allowing for an increase to the total number of grant awards. There were 24 successful applicants in 2016 – there are 31 successful applicants in 2017. In the history of the grants program this is the highest number of award recommendations.2017 Grant RecipientsArts Club Theatre CompanyThe Art Starts in Schools SocietyBright Sunset Chinese Dance GroupCanadian International Dragon Boat Festival SocietyCapture Photography Festival SocietyChor Leoni Men’s ChoirCity Opera of Vancouver SocietyDreamRider Productions SocietyFort GalleryFugue Theatre SocietyFull Circle: First Nations PerformanceRichmond Gateway Theatre SocietyLangley Community ChorusMusic on Main SocietyNikkei National Museum and Cultural CentrePeninsula Productions SocietyPink Ink Theatre Productions Association Coquitlam Place des Arts SocietyPort Moody Ecological SocietyPresentation House Theatre SocietyRedshift Music SocietyRoyal Academy of Bhangra SocietyRoyal Canadian Theatre CompanyShameless Hussy Productions SocietySoutheast Asian Cultural Heritage SocietySouth Granville Seniors CentreVancouver International Children's Festival SocietyVancouver Society for Early MusicVancouver Metropolitan Orchestra SocietyVancouver Opera AssociationWomen in Film and Television Vancouver Society