Grants for Creators

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FEDERAL GRANTS

Canada Council for the Arts

Explore and Create

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art. This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public.Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.
Program Components:
Professional Development for Artists Up to $10,000
Research and Creation Up to $25,000
Concept to Realization Up to $60,000 a year
Deadlines vary.

Supporting Artistic Practice

Supporting Artistic Practice encourages a dynamic support system for the arts in Canada by funding Canadian arts professionals, groups, and arts organizations who champion the Canadian arts sector, boost the capacity for artists to realize work and advance the conditions of creation. Supporting Artistic Practice contributes to the growing network of resources available to strengthen the arts and inspires sector innovation by supporting collaboration, targeted initiatives and career development opportunities for Canadian arts professionals.

Program Components:
Professional Development for Arts Professionals Up to $10,000
Deadlines vary.

Arts Across Canada

Arts Across Canada fosters meaningful relationships and exchanges between artists and the Canadian public. Artists, arts professionals, groups and arts organizations can apply to present and share artistic work with diverse communities across the country, engage more deeply with the public and develop a stronger national profile.

Program Components:
Travel Up to $30,000 per year
Circulation and Touring Up to maximum $200,000
Deadlines vary.

Arts Abroad

Arts Abroad celebrates the creativity, innovation and excellence of Canadian artists by helping to bring Canadian works to the world. This program supports artists, arts professionals, groups and organizations to enhance international exposure, undertake artistic exploration or exchanges with international colleagues, and nurture new and existing art markets in a global context.

Program Components:
Travel Up to $30,000 per year
Circulation and Touring Up to maximum $200,000
Residencies Up to $20,000

Deadlines vary.


ONTARIO

ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL

Literary Creation Projects (Works for Publication)

The program supports Ontario-based literary artists to complete new works for book-length publication or for public performance, and literary performers who wish to record their own repertoire. 

Program components:
Creation of literary works for performance: $5,000
Recording of literary works that are created for performance: up to $10,000
Creation and recording of literary works for performance: up to $15,000

Deadlines: September 2, 2021.

Toronto Art Council: Writers Program

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) Writers Program supports the creation of new literary works or works-in-progress in the genres of fiction (including novels, short stories, children’s literature, graphic novels, etc.), literary non-fiction, poetry and oral traditions such as storytelling, dub, rap and spoken-word.

The program provides two levels of support for writers. The following fixed amounts are available:
LEVEL ONE: $5,000 – for writers in the early stages of their career.
LEVEL TWO: $10,000 – for writers with an established writing career.

Application deadline: June 15, 2021
More information here.


MANITOBA

MANITOBA ARTS COUNCIL

The Manitoba Arts Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional artists and arts organizations in all art forms. The grants offered by MAC are housed in the 6 streams of activity listed below:

CREATE: Supports the process of creation.
SHARE: Supports the sharing of artistic work.
LEARN: Supports learning and artistic development activities.
INDIGENOUS 360: Supports Indigenous artists and communities to create, share, and learn.
SUPPORT: Invests in the on-going activity of professional arts organizations.
RECOGNIZE: Celebrates artistic achievement and recognizes potential excellence.

Application deadlines vary

THE WINNIPEG ARTS COUNCIL

Individual Artist Grant Program for Winnipeg Artists working in all disciplines

The Winnipeg Arts Council recognizes the individual artist as the primary source of creative activity in all artistic disciplines. The Individual Artist Grant Program is intended to support the creation of new work in any art form, or the development, production, curation, or exhibition of works of art by Winnipeg artists.

Program Components:
Two types of grants are available, depending on an artist’s level of accomplishment and experience in the discipline of the proposed project.  The Grant amounts are as follows:
(A) grant of up to $7,000 for mid-career and established artists
(B) grant of up to $3,000 for emerging artists.

Deadlines: The Individual Artist grant program has two deadlines per year, in early March and early September. The next deadline is September 8, 2021 and is for eligible applicants and projects taking place no earlier than December 8, 2021 and finishing no later than June 30, 2023.


SASKATCHEWAN

SASKATCHEWAN ARTS BOARD:

Access Copyright Foundation Grants
The Access Copyright Foundation provides grants to publishers, individual creators and publishing, writing and visual arts organizations.
Program Components for Creators:
Research
Professional writers and visual artists who have completed formal or informal training in their discipline, maintain an artistic practice, and publish or present their work. Applicants must also be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have published at least one book or exhibition catalogue, or have five publications in periodicals or journals.
Deadline: February 15
Maximum Funding: $7,500
Professional Development
Professional writers and visual artists who have completed formal or informal training in their discipline, maintain an artistic practice, and publish or present their work. Applicants must also be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have published at least one book or exhibition catalogue, or have five publications in periodicals or journals.
Deadline: April 1
Maximum Funding: $3,000

Independent Artists Program
The Independent Artists program supports Saskatchewan artists to pursue their creative work and careers by funding creative, professional development or research projects, and the production and/or presentation of artistic works.
Deadlines: March 15 and October 1.
Maximum funding levels vary.

Micro-Grant Program
The Micro-Grant Program provides support to professional artists and arts organizations to achieve outcomes that respond to emergent needs; create access for first-time and underserved applicants; contribute to professional practice and development; and advance the professional arts and artistic practices in Saskatchewan.
Deadline: 1st day of each month
Maximum funding for individual artists and collaborations: $1,000


ALBERTA

ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS:

Literary Individual Project Funding

This opportunity provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific literary arts project.

Deadlines: September 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022.


BRITISH COLUMBIA

Visual Artists

This program assists professional visual artists, craft artists and independent critics or curators to create specific projects in their discipline. Awards are available to support the creation of new works. Applications can be made by individuals or a collaboration of two or more practitioners who share creative control of a project.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2020.
Deadlines for other Individual Arts programs for 2021 to be announced.


NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

THE NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR ARTS COUNCIL

Professional Project Grants Program

The Professional Project Grants Program is available to Individual Professional Artists, Collaborations of Individual Professional Artists, and Professional Arts Groups. This program supports the creation and/or presentation of works of art in the disciplines of dance, film, music, multidisciplinary arts, theatre, visual arts, or writing. Grants support project costs related to creation, production, administration, travel, professional development, etc.

Grant categories:
New Professional Artist or Group: Maximum request $4,000: An individual artist with less than three years professional arts practice post education, or a group in which at least half of the members each has less than three years professional arts practice post education.

Established Professional Artist or Group: Maximum request $10,000: An individual with more than three years professional arts practice post education, or a group in which at least half of the members each has more than three years professional arts practice post education.

There are two deadlines per year:
March 15 for projects starting on/after May 15;
September 15 for projects starting on/after November 15.
More details here.


NEW BRUNSWICK

NEW BRUNSWICK ARTS BOARD

Creation

The Creation Grant program is designed to provide assistance to professional New Brunswick artists for the research, development and execution of original projects in the arts. Creation Grants are intended to allow artists to devote some or most of their time to research and creative production.

Deadlines: April 1 and October 1.
Maximum Grant Amounts: Cat. A: $15,000 Cat. B: $10,000 Cat. C: $5,000.

The Arts Scholarships Program

The Arts Scholarships Program is designed to recognize and encourage New Brunswick students who have demonstrated exceptional artistic talent and potential, and who are pursuing a career in the arts. This program awards scholarships for full time, part time or short-term studies.

Deadline: February 1.
Maximum Grant Amount: $2,500 for full-time studies OR $1,000 for part-time or short term studies.


NOVA SCOTIA

ARTS NOVA SCOTIA :

Grants to Individuals
This program supports the creation of new works by professional artists in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media and performing arts. It also promotes a broad understanding and appreciation of art and artists through professional development, creation and presentation of work. Individual artists may submit one application per grant category per deadline. To encourage equitable distribution of funds, artists can only receive one Creation Grant in a 12-month period.

Program Components: Creation Grants.
Maximum Funding: $15,000
Presentation Grants. Maximum Funding: $5,000
Professional Development Grants. Maximum Funding: $5,000

Deadlines: May 15 and November 15.


NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ARTS COUNCIL

NWT Arts Council
The mandate of the NWT Arts Council is to promote the arts in the Northwest Territories.The council provides grants to individual creators as well as organizations. Funding Disciplines: Audio Recording; Fashion; Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Storytelling and Theatre; Writing and Publishing; Visual Arts Crafts; Film and Media Arts; Mentorship.
Funding is available in three basic categories for all disciplines: 

Creative Development
The purpose of creative development funding is to support the personal creative growth of NWT artists. Individual applicants may apply for course fees and travel expenses and NWT organizations may apply for training workshop delivery costs.

Creation & Production
The purpose of creation & production funding is to support the creation of artistic projects by NWT artists. Individual applicants may apply for project expenses and NWT organizations may apply for workshop costs where NWT artists are directly involved.

Public Presentation
The purpose of presentation funding is to assist with the presentation of NWT artists’ works to the public. Individual applicants may apply for showcase, touring or exhibit fees and expenses and NWT organizations may apply for presentation fees and costs where NWT artists are directly involved. Events must benefit public audiences (e.g. an arts exhibition, film screening, touring author, music concert, dance or theatre production or showcase event).

Maximum funding: $15,000
Deadlines: October 31 and February 28.


QUEBEC

CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC

Various grant programs, including regional components, are available to artists and writers through the CALQ. Visit their website for additional information about the programs, the application deadlines and eligibility criteria. 

Le CALQ offre de nombreux programmes d’aide financière s’adressant aux artistes et écrivains, y compris des programmes régionaux. Consultez le site web de l’organisme pour obtenir les détails des divers programmes, les échéances pour soumettre une candidature.

GRANTS FOR INDIGNEOUS CREATORS

CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS:

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply for funding for artistic and cultural activities.
Program Components:
Travel Up to $30,000
Small-scale activities Up to $3,000
Short-Term projects Up to $100,000
Long-Term projects Up to $300,000
Deadlines vary for each program.
Apply on Portal

The Ontario Arts Council

Indigenous Artists
All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process
GRANT PROGRAMS:
Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse
Deadline dates: October 7, 2021
Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators: maximum $30,000
Curatorial projects by curators who are people of colour: maximum $30,000
Dance Training Projects: Equity and Access
Deadline dates: October 5, 2021
Dance companies: maximum $7,000
Individual Deaf dance artists and/or dance artists with a disability: maximum $1,500
Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects
Deadline dates: March 4 and September 15, 2021
Community arts projects: maximum $15,000
Indigenous languages through the arts: maximum $15,000
Training for community artists and animators: maximum $15,000
Indigenous artists in schools projects: maximum $15,000
Indigenous artists in northern Ontario fly-in communities: maximum $17,000
Indigenous Arts Projects
Deadline dates: March 4 and September 15, 2021
Individuals: maximum $15,000
Ad hoc groups and collectives: maximum $20,000
Organizations: maximum $25,000
Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials
Deadline passed.
Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour
Deadline dates: May 5, 2021
Skills and Career Development: maximum $10,000

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Indigenous Arts Individual Project Funding
This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of an individual Indigenous artist, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists in Alberta by providing funding for a specific cultural or artistic project.
To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta.
APPLICATION DEADLINE(S)
March 1, 2021, September 1, 2021

The YVR Art Foundation

The YVR Art Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and advancement of BC and Yukon First Nations visual art and artists, supporting the vitality and sustainability of First Nations art for artists, their communities, and the people of BC and the Yukon.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) is a provincial Crown Corporation formed by the government of British Columbia in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Program.
Indigenous Arts Programs (IAP):
Individual Artists Program
Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations
Organizations & Collectives
Arts Administrator Internships & Mentorships
Arts Vitality Micro-Grant
Community Arts Infrastructure
Indigenous Arts Scholarship
Deadlines vary.

The Canadian Press

Building Brighter Futures Award
This scholarship will be awarded annually to Indigenous students who are enrolled a Canadian university or college in a journalism program or actively involved with a news organization associated with the institution (eg. student paper or broadcast station).
Awards Criteria:
Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1
Program of Study: Canadian university or college in a journalism program or actively involved with a news organization associated with the institution (eg. student paper or broadcast station)
Level of Study: Any
Indigenous Affiliation: Any


The Saskatchewan Arts Board

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ART AND ARTISTS
The Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists program supports the development and continuation of Indigenous Peoples’ art forms in Saskatchewan.
The program offers three grant streams:
Basic: supports simple projects that accomplish one or two things in any art form. This could be a great starting place for an artist who has not received SK Arts funding in the past.
Prize: $2,000
Intermediate: supports more complex requests for moderate-sized artistic projects
Prize: $7,500
Major: supports professional Indigenous artists with a significant sustained practice, working independently, collaboratively or as a collective, to accomplish a substantial project over an extended period
Prize: $18,000
DEADLINES:
April 15 and October 15
NOTE: Grant recipients who have had projects deferred due to COVID-19 may apply for grants for new projects at the April 15, 2021 deadline. Read more

NEW BRUNSWICK ARTS BOARD

EQUINOX PROGRAM FOR INDIGENOUS ARTISTS
The Equinox program supports Indigenous artists, curators and groups to engage in artistic creation and professional development. Eligible projects can range from

  • research and development for the creation of new works
  • creation and presentation of artistic work
  • activities that support and strengthen the Indigenous arts community.

The Equinox program provides flexible, short-term support to individual Indigenous artists or collectives applying on behalf of small or large groups, arts groups, organizations, community groups, independent arts administrators, and artistic and cultural mediators. Grant funds may be used for organizational development and professional development that will have a positive impact on building the arts ecosystem in Indigenous communities.

UPCOMING DEADLINES:
September 15, 2021