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Grants to Nova Scotia Professional Artists for
Artistic Work and Professional Development

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Arts Nova Scotia

Deadline Date:

05/15/21 4:30 PM Received


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Grants to Nova Scotia individual professional artists for the creation and presentation of artistic work, as well as professional development opportunities. Funding is intended to assist practicing artists working in any discipline, including fine crafts, literary, visual, media, and performing arts.

There are three categories for these grants:

Creation Grants: Assist Nova Scotian professional artists working independently or collaboratively to create new work, in any art form, by contributing towards the artist’s living expenses and project costs.

Presentation Grants: Assist Nova Scotia professional artists with direct costs associated with the public presentation of their work, including but not limited to: professional fees, framing, installation, costuming, lighting, venue rental, or promotion of the presentation.

Professional Development Grants: Assist Nova Scotia professional artists to pursue excellence in the arts through programs or activities, such as mentoring, workshops, apprenticeships, conferences, or graduation work. Curators and independent arts administrators are eligible under this category.

Eligible project costs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Living expenses for individuals during the period of the project (for Creation Grants only)
  • Materials
  • Mentors/instructors/consultants
  • Professional fees for design, production, and technical personnel and other production expenses for presentations
  • Travel costs directly related to the project and outside of the applicant’s general area of residence
  • Royalties
  • Promotion and publicity (for Presentation Grants only)
  • Venue rental
  • Rental of equipment essential to the project

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GrantWatch ID#: 160817

Estimated Size of Grant:

Creation Grants: $15,000 Maximum
Presentation Grants: $5,000 Maximum
Professional Development: Grants $5,000 Maximum

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who, as such, have maintained their primary residence in Nova Scotia for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline. Applicants who are out of the province temporarily and will be away for no more than 12 months may apply.

- The Grants to Individuals Program does not provide financial support to the cultural industries (e.g. commercial film and video production, music videos, recording, television shows, publishing, commercial design, or production crafts).
- Applicants who are students are not eligible for this program.
- Collaborations of more than two artists are ineligible.
- There will be no retroactive funding to projects that start prior to the deadline.

Ineligible expenses include:
- The capital cost of purchase or long-term rental of buildings or property, construction or renovation, as well as equipment, machinery, computers, or anything that can be repurposed for general use
- The costs of projects already funded through Arts Nova Scotia or the Government of Nova Scotia
- Costs related to the development or maintenance of promotional websites.

Eligibility of expenses not listed above should be discussed with the program officer

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadlines are May 15 and November 15. If a deadline falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, the deadline will be extended until the next working day.

Applications should be emailed. If you are unable to submit by email please contact the program officer.

The results of the PAC meetings are communicated to applicants via notification letters sent by Canada Post eight to ten weeks after the deadline date. Notification letters are sent to all applicants, without exception. Unsuccessful applicants may resubmit eligible projects to the next grant deadline.

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.

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Contact Information:

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

Email applicaitons to

Subject line should be: “Your Name – Program Name – Category”

Direct questions to:
Enrique Ferreol, Program Officer
Phone: (902) 424-6472

Arts Nova Scotia
3rd Floor, 1741 Brunswick St.
PO Box 456
Halifax, NS B3J 2R5

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