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Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits and
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Grants of up to $45,000 to Saskatchewan incorporated for-profit companies or nonprofit community-based organizations for collaborative partnerships with individual professional artists. Funding is intended to support bringing artists to reside in local communities to enhance community engagement in the arts and local cultural life. Artists can work in any art form.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board supports Artist in Communities – Residencies where a community organization hosts a six- to twelve-month artist-in-residence with one professional artist from any artistic discipline hired full-time (35-40 hours/week). The artist and community partnership collectively determine a schedule splitting this time 50/50 to accommodate the artist's independent practice and the programming needs of the community. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 165638

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding available for a twelve-month residency is $45,000 (for northern communities, an additional $1,500 is available to cover higher travel costs). If the residency term is less than twelve months, the grant amount is pro-rated.

Term of Contract:

Community organizations host a six- to 12-month artist-in-residence project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

The Co-Applicant Organization: Any incorporated for-profit companies or non-profit community-based organizations, e.g., businesses, institutions, health care, Justice facilities, municipalities, First Nations, Métis Locals, post-secondary institutions, artists collectives, Band Councils, etc.

Co-Applicant (Artist): A professional artist is defined as an individual that has completed training in a recognized art form (either through formal study or through a process of mentoring/apprenticeship), has produced a body of work in their artistic discipline that has received critical recognition, and recognized as professional by their peers within their arts community.

The partnership between the Community Organization and Professional Artist must be in place prior to the submission.

Elder or Knowledge Keeper Partners: It is necessary to include an Elder or Knowledge Keeper Partner for any application that involves any traditional Indigenous worldviews or art forms.

Note: Both the Co-Applicant (community) and the Co-Applicant (artist) must be in good standing with the Arts Board prior to submitting an application. Please contact the Arts Board to verify standing.

-Organizations that receive annual or multi-year funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture Inc., Sask Lotteries, Creative Saskatchewan and/or creative industry associations supported by Creative Saskatchewan, unless the proposed residency explores new approaches for presenting and/or methods of expanding access within existing programs.
-Organizations that receive annual or multi-year funding defined above cannot have a total of more than one grant open in any of the Artists in Communities or Artists in Schools streams of funding.
-K-12 schools, school divisions, clusters of schools within a division, band schools. Funding for residencies within schools is available through Artists in Schools – Residencies.
-Residencies that are not primarily artistic (e.g., programs or therapeutic or educational purposes, or to promote a specific political, philosophical, or spiritual perspective or practice).
-Residencies that promote hatred or intolerance.
-Fundraising activities, awards, sponsorships or re-granting activities.
-Activities that contravene provincial or federal law.
-Activities that use or present Indigenous cultural material, traditional knowledge or stories without permission from the community or involvement of either an Elder or Knowledge Keeper.
-Residencies that start prior to the application deadline.
-Grants intended for capital purchases (e.g. basic equipment, kilns, computers, musical instruments, etc.). In most cases, renting equipment during the residency term is preferred. If the cost of renting is higher than the purchase price, provide an explanation and rationale for purchase.

Pre-Application Information:

Application closing date: May 15, 2020
Applicants are informed of grant decisions no later than 90 days after the deadline.

It is strongly recommended that applicants, particularly first-time applicants, contact a Program Consultant before preparing an application, to clarify eligibility and program requirements and provide advice relevant to the application.

50% of the grant funds are released 30 days prior to the residency start date.

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


Carol Greyeyes, Program Consultant
(306) 964-1165 (Saskatoon) or 1-800-667-7526 (Toll-Free)

For residencies serving Aboriginal communities and/or related to Aboriginal art, skills or knowledge:
Lindsay Knight, Program Consultant
Aboriginal Arts & Community Engagement
(306) 964-1165 (Saskatoon) or 1-800-667-7526

Jody Greenman-Barber, Program Consultant, Community Engagement
Saskatchewan Arts Board
(306) 787-4659 (Regina) or 1-800-667-7526

Artists in Communities
Regina Office: 1355 Broad Street · Regina, SK · S4R 7V1
Saskatoon Office: 201 Avenue B South · Saskatoon, SK · S7M 1M3

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