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Individual Artist Grant Program

Grants to Winnipeg, Manitoba Artists for the Creation
and Exhibition of Artwork in Any Discipline

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Winnipeg Arts Council (WAC)

Deadline Date:

09/11/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $7,000 to Winnipeg, Manitoba individual artists to support the creation of new artistic works in any discipline. Funding will also support the production, exhibition, curation, or development of works of art by Winnipeg-based artists. Applications are welcome from emerging, mid-career, and established professional artists.

Eligible Expenses:

Eligible expenses include living expenses while undertaking a project; workspace and/or studio rental; costs related to the public presentation of a proposed project; and direct project costs, including research, travel, artistic/editorial assistance fees, and the rental of supplies and materials.* Only expenses proposed to be incurred within the Grant Period are considered eligible.

*Individual Artist Grants are not intended for projects that focus on non-expendable equipment purchase. Equipment integral to the artistic process may be eligible; contact the Program Manager to discuss eligibility.

Grant Types:

A Grants of up to $7,000 are intended for mid-career and established professional artists who have been practicing professionally in the discipline of the proposed project for a sustained period of time, and are able to demonstrate a regionally, nationally or internationally recognized contribution in this discipline.

B Grants of up to $3,000 are intended for emerging professional artists who:

-Can demonstrate their commitment to achieving a professional level in the discipline of the proposed project through the development of specialized skills and knowledge. This may include training, mentorship, public presentation, peer recognition and/or the affirmation of their community; and

-Are producing a growing repertoire or independent body of work.

In determining which level to apply to, artists should be guided by their degree of experience in the discipline of the proposed project and not by the project costs. Applicants should contact the Program Manager if they are uncertain under which category to apply.

Panels may recommend lesser awards as they see fit, bearing in mind the nature of the applications, the demand in any year, and the amount of money available.

NEW FOR 2018: Professional artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or who are living with mental illness may be eligible for additional support for access costs. Artists identifying as such should contact the Program Manager in advance of the application date for details. Eligible expenses are those which assist the artist in the completion of the project but are not intended for capital costs or accessibility supports needed for day-to-day living.

Assessment and Evaluation Criteria:

Applications for Individual Artist Grants are assessed by an independent panel of qualified artistic professionals selected on the basis of their familiarity with and expertise in a broad spectrum of artistic practices. This panel is composed to broadly reflect the range of applicants; Winnipeg Arts Council staff do not vote on applications.

The primary evaluation criterion is:
-The artistic merit of the applicant’s work.

The panel will also consider:
-The potential for artistic merit in the proposed project, and the extent to which the project contributes to the development of the artist, an art form, or an artistic process;
-The viability of the project budget; and
-The ability of the individual to undertake and complete the project.

The panel assesses applications based on the above criteria and the applicant’s past and proposed work within the context of each competition. The panel’s recommendations are subsequently presented to the Board of the Winnipeg Arts Council for ratification to ensure due process. There is no procedure for appealing the panel’s decision. However, the Winnipeg Arts Council welcomes comments or suggestions about any of its programs. This program is competitive; unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply at another deadline.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174157

Estimated Size of Grant:

The “A grant” is up to $7,000 and “B grant” is up to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

The Grant Period may begin any time after the notification date (3 months after the application deadline, June 6 for March applications and December 11 for September applications) and must be completed within 18 months of this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants to the Individual Artist Grant Program must meet the following criteria:
-Be an artist working individually or collaboratively in any artistic discipline, or in an inter- or multi-disciplinary capacity. (For collaborative projects, contact the Program Manager to determine eligibility prior to submitting an application. Artists working as part of artist collectives including Winnipeg Fringe Festival productions should apply to the Project Grant Program for support. The Project Grant has one deadline, February 13 2018);
-Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
-Be dedicated to the professional practice of art, as evidenced by significant commitment (defined by Grant Type);
-Be free to devote a concentrated portion of their time to the proposed project;
-Live and work in the City of Winnipeg. An applicant must have lived in the City for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application date and maintain Winnipeg residency throughout the project. Applicants may be required to provide proof of residency.

Individual Artist Grants are not available to:
-Artists who have previously received a grant from WAC and have not submitted an acceptable Final Report
-Artists who have already received an Individual Artist Grant in the current calendar year
-Artists who have received two Individual Artist Grants in the current 4-calendar year period
-Artists who have been identified as in collection of outstanding accounts with Canada Revenue Agency

Individual Artist Grants are not available for:
-Academic programs or school projects
-Promotional, instructional, or educational projects that primarily benefit an individual or organization other than the applicant
-Activities completed or costs incurred prior to the notification date

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 Individual Artist Grant Program has two deadlines:
-March 13 for projects beginning after June 6.
-September 11 for projects beginning after December 11.

These are not postmark deadlines. Applications may be mailed or delivered, but must be received by WAC before 4 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications require an original signature in ink; the Winnipeg Arts Council does NOT accept applications by e-mail or fax.

Applicants will be informed of the results of their application, in writing, within approximately three months of the application deadline. Results are never released over the telephone, and assessor comments are not provided. Feedback will only be provided on technical aspects of your application; no other feedback will be provided by telephone or email.

Contact Information:

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

Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager

Winnipeg Arts Council
103-110 Princess Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 1K7

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Canada: Manitoba