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Cultural Diversity in the Arts

Grants to Alberta Artists and Collectives for Culturally
or Historically Diverse Works of Art in Edmonton

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City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC)

Deadline Date:

10/15/17 11:59 PM (online); 4:30 PM (paper) MST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta individual artists and artist collectives in Edmonton to produce professional artistic work in any art form. These artists identify themeselves as having diverse cultural backgrounds. Funding is intended to support a specific project for a specific time period.

Artists from diverse communities can apply to any Edmonton Arts Council program, but many also face cultural, language, or historical barriers to accessing support. The intent of this program is to provide an entry point, to help these artists begin to overcome those barriers, to pursue their professional artistic work and develop connections to the greater Edmonton arts community

Professional development and/or mentorship projects are also encouraged (including projects that provide opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, work with an established Edmonton artist, or otherwise build connections to the Edmonton arts community).

Funds are intended to support:
- Projects by individual artists or small collectives of artists who are from diverse cultural backgrounds that may face cultural barriers
- Individuals who have a history of arts practice
- Project costs such as materials, workspace rental, research, personnel, or travel
- Costs related to professional development or mentoring

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147750

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be awarded to a maximum of $15,000 per applicant per year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual artists, and artist collectives that identify themselves as members of culturally diverse communities, may apply.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; a resident of Edmonton for at least one year prior to the application deadline, and have a permanent resident status or be a Canadian citizen.

Artists that have previously received support from other EAC programs (such as a Grant or Award) may apply if they consider themselves to be eligible for the intent of this program.

Artists may receive this grant a maximum of two times.

Funds are not intended to support:
- Individuals who do not have a history of arts practice
- Capital or major equipment purchases
- Formal education that would result in a diploma or degree
- Projects that benefit an organization or institution rather than the artist
- Costs already supported by the EAC through other programs
- Activity undertaken prior to the application deadline

Pre-Application Information:

Since the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day, Monday, October 17, 2017.

Applicants have the option of submitting an online grant application or a hard copy paper application. Applicants should first review the grant guidelines prior to preparing either type of application since they contain important eligibility requirements and information on how the application is evaluated.

If you are submitting a hard copy paper application, please download a copy of the grant guidelines and the grant application below.

Applicants must submit the completed application form either online by 11:59 PM or paper copy before 4:30 PM by the deadline.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Edmonton Arts Council
Prince of Wales Armouries, 2nd Floor
10440 108 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5H 3Z9

Stephen Williams, Director of Grants, Awards & Support Programs
780-424-2787 ext. 225

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Canada: Alberta