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Artists in Communities - Residencies

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. Collaborations between organizations and artists must be initiated prior to applying. Funding is intended to enable 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. 

What kinds of residencies are eligible?

  • Residencies that foster respectful, professional partnerships between artists and
  • Residencies that reflect an appreciation for high-quality arts programming and are developed
    in response to the community’s needs.
  • Residencies designed to connect with and engage participants in meaningful ways and have
    a lasting impact.
  • Residencies designed to engage with community and develop inquisitiveness by
    demonstrating a positive commitment to an exploration question. The exploration question will
    encourage participants to make connections, construct meaning, and reflect critically on their
    own work.
  • Residencies that explore new approaches for presenting, and/or methods of expanding
    access within existing programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

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 partnership between the Community Organization and Professional Artist must be in place prior to the submission.
• The Community Organization can be 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.
• The Community Applicant must be based in the province of Saskatchewan, may make no more than one application to the Artists in Schools or Artists in Communities program at any submission deadline, and must be in good standing with SK Arts (i.e., have no overdue reporting on any prior grants) when the application is received and any grant payments are issued.
• The Artist Applicant must be a Saskatchewan resident.
• The Artist Applicant may make more than one application at any submission, up to the maximum allowable funding level ($45,000/year). The review panel will, however, consider the individual’s ability to undertake multiple projects when assessing the applications.
• The Artist Applicant must be in good standing with SK Arts (i.e., have no overdue reporting on any prior grants) when the application is received, and any grant payments are issued.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application closing date: April 1

Applicants are informed of grant decisions no later than 90 days after the deadline.

It is recommended that communities wishing to undertake a residency complete an Artists in Communities – Development grant and/or an Artists in Communities – Projects grant before undertaking a residency.

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

Developing a project for the first time can be challenging. It is recommended that you contact a program consultant well in advance (six to eight weeks minimum) of the grant deadline date to discuss the application process and requirements. If you are in the early stages of developing a project, you may want to consider applying for a Development grant as a starting point. It is a small grant that is more responsive to emergent opportunities with simpler application requirements and quarterly deadlines. It allows communities to build relationships with potential artists, to present “experimental” introductory projects and to develop plans for longer term Projects and Residencies.

Contact Information:

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)

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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