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Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists (IPAA)

Grants to Saskatchewan Indigenous Artists and
Collectives for Professional Arts Initiatives

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10/15/21 Midnight


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Grants to Saskatchewan Indian, Métis, and Inuit artists and collectives for professional arts initiatives. Funding is intended to support the continuation and development of Indigenous art forms. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to equipment, travel, professional development, living expenses, artist fees, and production costs.

The program offers three grant streams:
  • Basic: Supports simple projects that accomplish one or two things in any art form. This could be a great starting place for an artist who has not received SK Arts funding in the past.
  • Intermediate: Supports more complex requests for moderate-sized artistic projects
  • Major: Supports professional Indigenous artists with a significant sustained practice, working independently, collaboratively, or as a collective, to accomplish a substantial project over an extended period

For information on eligible activities in each grant stream, see

The Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists program supports the development and continuation of Indigenous peoples’ art forms in the province of Saskatchewan by:

  • Providing opportunities for Indigenous artists to create and share their art;
  • Being accessible to all Indigenous peoples throughout the Treaty  territories in the province;
  • Acknowledging that Indigenous peoples’ art forms can encompass all practices;
  • Acknowledging diverse Indigenous world views as essential and influential in all Indigenous peoples’ art forms and making it possible for Indigenous artists to maintain their world view and practice;
  • Ensuring that all peoples of Saskatchewan have opportunities to engage with the art forms that derive from Indigenous languages, world views, practices, and protocols; and
  • Contributing to the realization of the mandate and strategic priorities of SK Arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175439

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Funding
- Basic: $2,000
- Intermediate: $7,500
- Major: $18,000

Term of Contract:

You must begin the funded activity no later than 12 months from the start date initially approved. If the project does not begin within this 12- month period, your grant may be forfeited and reallocated to another recommended applicant

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Professional Indigenous artists, working independently or collaboratively, who are Saskatchewan residents.
- Professional collectives of Indigenous artists whose primary work is in Saskatchewan.

Indigenous artists and/or Traditional Knowledge Keepers/Elders working in any art form who are Saskatchewan residents and small groups or collectives of Saskatchewan Indigenous artists working in any art form may apply.

For the purpose of this program, “Indigenous” is defined as a Canadian Aboriginal person who self-defines as First nations (Status or nonStatus), Métis, or Inuit. You do not need to be an Indigenous person from this territory, but you must be a Saskatchewan resident and recognized as an artist in the Indigenous community

For the purposes of SK Arts programs and funding, an artist must meet at least three of the following criteria, in a manner appropriate to their art form, to be considered professional:
• The individual has created work, over a period of time, that has been recognized by their community.
• The individual has developed skills in a manner acceptable for their art form.
• The individual has been recognized as a peer by other professionals working in the same art form.
• The individual has received compensation for their artistic work at a level consistent with those of other professionals working in the same art form

It is important to be sure you’re eligible for a SK Arts grant before doing the work of preparing a grant application:
• You must be based in Saskatchewan, meaning that you have maintained a permanent physical residence in the province for minimum one year and live at that address for at least six months every year. SK Arts may request proof that you meet the residency requirement.
• Past grant recipients with overdue reports must clear those with SK Arts before applying again.

For eligibility requirements for students, academic faculty, and collectives, see

For ineligible applicants, see

For ineligible projects, see

Pre-Application Information:

The IPAA program has two application deadlines each year: October 15th and April 15th.

The final day to submit your complete application for assessment is nonnegotiable. Even though the application portal closes at midnight, remember that SK Arts staff only work until 4:30 pm and not at all on weekends. You will have to ask any questions that you have before those times.

If you meet the application criteria and you have not exceeded your funding cap of $36,000 over four years, you can apply to any IPAA deadline. Individuals can submit only one IPAA application in one stream per deadline.

There are different applications for all three streams of the Indigenous Peoples Arts and Artists program. Make sure that you are using the proper form, or you may end up doing unnecessary work.

If you have questions about any aspect of your eligibility, contact the Program Consultant for advice or to request a meeting well before the deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
Carol Greyeyes
(306) 280-5910 (Saskatoon) or 800-667-7526 (Toll-Free)

Regina Office:
1355 Broad Street
Regina, SK S4R 7V1

Saskatoon Office:
201 Avenue B South
Saskatoon, SK S7M 1M3

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