Individual artists may apply to the Don S. Williams Award for financial support. The award is intended to encourage and assist North Shore artists, who have demonstrated a maturity of talent in the advancement of their artistic careers.  Applicants must be currently living in North or West Vancouver or must prove that the majority of their creative work takes place there.  

Eligible artists may apply for awards under one of the following categories:  

  • Research or Professional Development

  • Artistic Production

  • Marketing Development

  • Other

Award funds are generated from the annual investment income of FANS capital fund. As of December 2017, the FANS Society was pleased to announce that it had issued 44 artist grants since 1999 with a combined total value of $60,000.


The FANS Society is pleased to announce a special donation received from the former Friends of the Ferry Building Society. This new funding will allow FANS to provide an addition grant of $2,500 per year, for the next five years. This special grant will be provided as the Ruth Payne Grant for Emerging Artists. All artists applying though the regular FANS grant application process will be considered for this funding.