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

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Arts Nova Scotia

Deadline Date:

11/15/18 4:30 PM Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Nova Scotia professional artists for the creation and presentation of artistic works, 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 projects by Nova Scotia’s professional, practicing artists in the creation and dissemination of vibrant, interesting artistic work. The program also seeks to support professional artists by helping them to develop their skills and enrich their knowledge.


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:
-Artist’s fees
-Living expenses for individuals during the period of the project (for Creation Grants only)
-Mentor fees and other expenses related to professional artistic, and/or development of the applicant
-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
-Administration and professional fees
-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:

The Grants to Individuals Program supports professional artists. The definition of professional is determined by the Status of the Artist Act including but not limited to the following criteria:
-To have peer recognition
-To have a history of public presentation
-To have training appropriate to the artist's chosen discipline (including self-taught
and/or apprenticeship training)
-To earn income, fully or in part, from artistic activity
-To demonstrate seriousness of intent and devotion of energy to practicing one's art

Eligible applicants are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who 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, publishing, commercial design, or production crafts)

Applicants who are students are not eligible for this program. Students are encouraged to apply to the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Applicants who are eligible to the Nova Scotia Talent Trust are not eligible for this program.

Ineligible expenses include:
-The capital cost of purchase 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 relating to the development or maintenance of promotional websites

If you do not see your discipline listed above, please contact the program officer.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are May 15 and November 15.

Applications can be delivered by hand, courier or sent by regular mail but in all cases, must be either received in the Arts Nova Scotia office by 4:30 PM on the deadline date or be postmarked no later than the deadline date.

If a deadline falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, the deadline will be extended until the next working day.

This is a sixty day process with notification of results mailed out shortly thereafter.


Guide to Preparing a Successful Application:

Contact Information:

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

Enrique Ferreol
(902) 424-6472

Send completed application form to:
Grants to Individuals Arts Nova Scotia

In person/courier:
Homburg Building
3rd Floor, 1741 Brunswick
St. Halifax, NS B3J 3X8

By regular mail:
Arts Nova Scotia
PO Box 456
B3J 2R5

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Canada: Nova Scotia