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

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Arts Nova Scotia

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05/15/20 4:30 PM Received of Postmarked


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Grants to Nova Scotia professional artists for the creation and presentation of artistic work, as well as professional development opportunities. Applications will be considered from artists working in any discipline, including craft, visual arts, literary arts, new media, theatre, music, dance, and media (e.g. auteur-driven film, documentary, podcasts).

Arts Nova Scotia envisions a thriving and diverse professional arts community celebrated at home and abroad for breaking new ground, ensuring equity and achieving a high level of artistic excellence.

Arts Nova Scotia’s Grants to Individuals program supports Nova Scotia’s professional, practicing artists in the creation and dissemination of their own work. The program also supports professional artists by helping them to develop their practice and skills.

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 in direct costs associated with public presentation of their work, including but not limited to: professional fees, framing, installation, costuming, lighting, venue rental or promotion.

Professional Development Grants: 

Assist Nova Scotia professional artists to pursue excellence in the arts through formal study programs, or other professional development programs such as mentoring, workshops, apprenticeships, or conferences. Curators, arts administrators, and producers 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
  • Professional fees for design, production, and technical personnel and other production expenses
  • Travel costs directly related to the project and outside of the applicant’s general area of residence
  • Royalties
  • Promotion and publicity
  • Venue rental
  • Rental of equipment essential to the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160817

Estimated Size of Grant:

Creation Grants: $12,000 Maximum
Presentation Grants: $5,000 Maximum
Professional Development: Grants $3,000 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.
- 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 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. Arts Nova Scotia does not accept faxed, late, or incomplete applications; or elements of applications.

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 category per deadline.

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

Send completed application form to:
Grants to Individuals
Arts Nova Scotia
Homburg Building Arts Nova Scotia
3rd Floor, 1741 Brunswick St. PO Box 456
Halifax, NS B3J 3X8 B3J 2R5

For further information, contact:
Enrique Ferreol, Program Officer
Phone: (902) 424-6472

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Nova Scotia

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