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Project Grant Program for Arts Organizations and Collectives

Grants to Manitoba Nonprofits, Collectives,
and Groups for Arts Activities in Winnipeg

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Winnipeg Arts Council (WAC)

Deadline Date:

02/04/20 4:00 PM (Receipt)


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Winnipeg, Manitoba nonprofit organizations, collectives, and unincorporated groups for arts projects and activities. Certain applicants must contact the Funding Source prior to applying to determine eligibility. Funding is intended to support a broad range of activities and art forms, reflecting different cultural traditions and art practices.

This program is intended for new and developing arts organizations, established arts organizations that work on a project basis, and arts organizations undertaking a special, one-time initiative. Collectives or unincorporated groups may be eligible provided that they meet the special criteria outlined in the guidelines. A Project Grant must be applied to a specific project - with potential for artistic merit and civic impact.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163142

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of support for any arts organization or artist collective from the Project Grant Program is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

A Project Grant must be applied to a project planned to take place within the 18 months following the notification date (mid-May of each year).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Winnipeg Arts Council provides funding to not-for-profit Winnipeg arts organizations.

Applicants for Project Grants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be an organization that has as its primary mandate and core activity the creation, production or presentation of the performing, visual, literary, film, video or media arts.
- Be based and active in Winnipeg, and provide programming or services that are open to the public and publicized city-wide.
- Be registered as a not-for-profit corporation in Manitoba, governed by a volunteer board of directors, and have operated as such for a minimum of six months, OR be a collective or unincorporated group that meets the special criteria below in addition to the criteria for not-for-profit corporations.
- Have ongoing qualified artistic and administrative leadership (which may be combined), and pay principal artistic contributors for their services in accordance with generally accepted professional standards.
- Receive revenue from sources other than the WAC. These may include box-office revenues, memberships, sponsorships/donations from individuals or businesses, in-kind contributions or support from foundations and other levels of government.

Multiple organizations collaborating on a single project must designate an eligible arts organization to act as the primary applicant, record keeper, and responsible fiscal agent for the project.

Groups of artists working on a collective project including 2020 Winnipeg Fringe Festival productions should apply to this program rather than to the individual Artist program.

For Special Criteria for Collectives or Unincorporated Groups, see:

For ineligible applicants and projects, see:

This program is not open to organizations receiving Operating or Program Support Grants from the Winnipeg Arts Council, or to any organization or collective which receives other grants or funds from the City of Winnipeg or any of its agencies.

Pre-Application Information:

The Project Grant program has a single annual deadline. The 2020 deadline will be Tuesday February 4 for projects beginning no earlier than May 4, 2020 and concluding before October 31, 2021.

There is no online application process for this grant. Applications may be mailed or delivered, but must be received by WAC prior to 4:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

Applicants will be informed of the results of their application, in writing, within approximately three months of the application deadline.

The following applicants must contact the Funding Source to determine eligibility:
- Arts service organizations whose primary objective is to support the development of one or more art forms through a range of services to professional artists and/or not-for profit arts organizations, or through the bringing together of professional artists and the arts community at large, may be eligible. Arts service organizations must contact the Program Manager in advance of applying to determine eligibility.
- Collectives or unincorporated groups must consult with the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Program Manager prior to applying to ensure eligibility.
- Dedicated professional art programs that fit the criteria and function as part of a larger incorporated not-for-profit organization may be considered eligible for funding provided that the organization has dedicated artistic staff and resources related to the creation, production or presentation of the performing, visual, literary, film, video or media arts. Prospective applicants must contact the Program Manager prior to applying to ensure eligibility.

Please Note: Payments to collectives will not be issued to individuals. If you intend to apply as a collective you must be able to deposit a check payable to the name of the collective.

Contact Information:

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

Please send applications to:
Winnipeg Arts Council
Project Grant Program
Suite 103 – 110 Princess Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K7

Please direct questions regarding Project Grants to:
Dominic Lloyd
Program & Arts Development Manager

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