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Cultural Industries Training Fund (CITF)

Grants to Yukon Individuals, Nonprofits, and For-Profits
for Professional Development in the Creative Industries

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Yukon Arts Centre

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Grants to Yukon individuals, nonprofits, and for-profits to promote the career advancement of those working in creative industries. Applicants must consult with program staff prior to applying. This program supports training opportunities that will improve the individual’s opportunities and ability to work in the creative sector.

As the CITF’s objective supports economic diversification, the fund is intended to address the following outcomes:

-Increased economic and commercial potential of the cultural sector
-A larger forum for Yukon cultural industry products
-More globally competitive cultural industries
-More skilled and diversified cultural labor force
-Increased use of technology and new media

Projects may fall under the following industry sectors:

-Film, Video and Digital Media
-Music and Sound Recording
-Visual Arts and Crafts
-Performing Arts
-Writing and Publishing
-Cultural Labour Force

Training and projects must support the CITF objectives. Training and projects must relate to the development of the cultural and creative sectors targeted by the CITF.

The CITF will focus on the needs of working professional artists and cultural workers. Entry level training will only be considered if the applicant can demonstrate that the training will result in an immediate job or business opportunities.

Funding preference will be given to projects that:
-Will benefit more than one individual or organization;
-Demonstrate potential improvements in employment opportunities or business growth;
-Increase the cultural economy opportunities for First Nation artists and cultural workers.

Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to:

a. Course fees or instructor/mentor fees;
b. Consumable materials related to the training project;
c. Rental of facilities to support the training project;
d. Disability-related support;
e. GST;
f. Travel expenses, including per diems where applicable.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169654

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding preference will be given to projects that require less than $5,000 for individual training and less than $8,000 for group training.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

a. All persons resident in the Yukon for a minimum of one year shall be eligible for support from the CITF.
b. Commercial and not-for-profit organizations may apply.
c. Permanent employees of the Yukon and federal governments are not eligible for funding under this agreement for projects that pertain to their regular employment.
d. The committee may develop further guidelines and criteria regarding eligibility to further advance the CITF objectives and these guidelines and criteria will be communicated via the fund administrator.

Support will not be provided for:

i. The purpose of obtaining a university degree;
ii. Casual or recreational training courses;
iii. Artistic development pursuits that are better suited for other programs of support to Yukon artists (i.e. projects eligible for the Advanced Artist Award, Enterprise trade Fund, Filmmakers Fund, etc.).

Ineligible expenses may include but are not limited to:

a. Orientation or training in specific procedures or practices that are usually conducted in the course of an employer’s business;
b. Costs already supported through other federal or territorial programs;
c. Conference registration fees, unless they are conditional to attending an official workshop or training that meets the CITF objectives;
d. Annual General Meeting costs;
e. Student fees or union dues;
f. Purchase of software, equipment, or capital items;
g. Wages, subsistence, or other remuneration for the trainee/applicant;
h. Training which takes place prior to the application deadline;
i. International travel will normally not be funded. However, if the applicant can show that the training cannot be acquired within Canada, the application will be considered by the committee.

Pre-Application Information:

It is a good idea at this point to contact the Fund Administrator (see contact details below) to check when the next intake will be and introduce the idea of the project.

Contact the appropriate sector representative (see below) about your project. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure the project serves the objectives of the fund, that it fulfills all of the criteria, and that it makes sense in the sector.

Your project may involve more than one sector. If this is the case, you may need to speak to more than one sector representative before it goes to the adjudication. Applicants must consult with their sector representative; failure to do so may have ramifications in the final adjudication process.

Intake Deadlines are:
-September 15, 2017
-January 15, 2018
-March 15, 2018
-May 15, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Michele Emslie, Fund Administrator
P: 867.667.8476
F: 867.393.6300

Sector Training Descriptions and Representatives:

Film, Video and Digital Media:
Carol Geddes

Visual Arts and Crafts:
Michele Emslie

Writing and Publishing
Eva Holland

Music and Sound Recording:
Daniel Janke

Performing Arts:
Linda Leon

Cultural Labour Force:
Linda Leon

Yukon Arts Centre
Box 16
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5X9

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Canada: Yukon