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Project Grant Program for Arts Organizations and Collectives

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

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

A Project Grant must be applied to a specific project - with potential for artistic merit and civic impact. This program is open to Winnipeg arts organizations and collectives that have as their primary mandate and core activity, the creation, production, or presentation of the performing, visual, literary, film, video, or media arts. 

Because of the ever-changing public health situation and its effects on all aspects of arts creation and presentation, applicants are encouraged to think about how their projects may be affected by both existing and potential restrictions related to Covid-19. Applications should articulate contingency planning as well as attention to risk management, safety measures, and other considerations commensurate with the scale of the project.

Applications will be reviewed based on artistic merit, civic impact, and project viability/organizational competence. For additional information about evaluation criteria, see:

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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).

The next deadline is for projects beginning no earlier than May 2, 2021, and concluding before November 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

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. Groups of artists working on a collective project including 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

Organizations that receive other grants or funds from the City of Winnipeg or any of its agencies are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline will be February 2, 2021. The link to access applications will open in mid-December; applications may not be submitted before then.

Collectives must contact the Program & Arts Development Manager before applying to confirm eligibility. Arts service organizations must contact the Program Manager in advance of applying to determine eligibility. First-time applicants are advised to review these guidelines carefully and then consult with the Program Manager before completing an application.

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

Grants are not retroactive, and cannot be applied to costs incurred prior to the notification date.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online (from December):

Please direct questions to:
Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager

Winnipeg Arts Council
Project Grant Program
Suite 103 – 110 Princess Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K7

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