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Equinox Program

Grants to New Brunswick Indigenous Artists, Groups,
and Curators for New Works and Professional Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb)

Deadline Date:

11/15/17 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New Brunswick indigenous artists, collectives and ad hoc groups, and curators for professional development and artistic creation. Funding may support short-term projects involving research and development for new artistic works, the creation and presentation of artistic work, and other activities that support and strengthen the indigenous arts community.

The Equinox program provides flexible support to individual Indigenous artists or collectives applying on behalf of small or large groups, arts groups, organizations, community groups, independent arts administrators, and artistic and cultural mediators. Grant funds may be used for organizational development and professional development that will have a positive impact on building the arts ecosystem in Maliseet and Mi’kmaq communities.

Types of Grants:

Category 1 – Research and Development: This category of the Equinox Program provides individual artists, curators and ad hoc groups with the opportunity to research and develop their practices. Eligible activities include workshops, mentorships, and residencies. Funds can cover the costs of any fees and/or travel required. This category is open to emerging, mid-career and senior artists and curators working in all disciplines.

Category 2 – Creation of New Work: This category of the Equinox Program funds the creation of new work by individual artists, curators and ad hoc groups, and places value on projects with culturally specific dialogues. Projects will be evaluated based on their cultural value in addition to their artistic merit. This category is open to emerging, mid-career and senior artists and curators working in all disciplines.

Category 3 – Connections: This category of the Equinox Program provides funds to individual artists, curators and groups undertaking projects that bring artists together through conferences, workshops, gatherings, exchanges and other activities that foster artistic relationships, connections and partnerships that strengthen the Indigenous arts community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175532

Estimated Size of Grant:

An artist may receive up to a maximum of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The Equinox program provides short-term (up to six months) support. The grant must be used within twelve (12) months of receiving funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Indigenous artists, curators, collectives and ad hoc groups are eligible to apply. They must be New Brunswick citizens or permanent residents of New Brunswick. To be eligible to apply to this component, applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to the creation, public presentation, dialogue and appreciation of Indigenous arts practices.

To be eligible for artsnb funding, you must be a professional artist as defined by artsnb.

Definition of a Professional Artist:

-An individual who has specialized training in an artistic discipline (not necessarily in academic institutions), and who is recognized as such by her or his peers (artists working in the same artistic discipline), who is committed to devoting more time to the artistic activity if financially feasible, and who has a history of public presentation in a professional context.

-An individual who practices an art and offers services in exchange for remuneration as a creator, as a performer, or as a director in one or more of the following arts disciplines: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literary arts, craft, media arts and architecture.

-An individual who satisfies three of the following criteria, including one of those set out in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, and 4:

1. The artist receives or has received remuneration for works, notably in the form of sales, royalties, commissions, fees, residuals, grants, or awards that can reasonably be considered an integral part of the income that the artist earns from his/her professional activity;

2. The artist has made earnings or suffered losses resulting from the exploitation of his/her works and corresponding to the whole of his/her artistic career;

3. The artist has received tokens of professional recognition from the public or peers, notably honorable mentions, awards, bursaries, or critical attention in the media for his/her work;

4. The artist has earned a degree, diploma or certificate in fine arts or creative writing from a recognized institution;

5. The artist has presented works to the public through exhibitions, performing arts activities, publications in book form or in periodicals, invited readings, production and/or broadcast of creative scripts by theatre, radio, or television, showings, or any other means corresponding to the nature of the works;

6. The artist is represented by an art dealer, a publisher, an agent, or other similar representative, depending on the nature of his/her activity;

7. The artist has signed a service contract with a producer;

8. The artist devotes a reasonable percentage of his/her professional activity to promoting and marketing works, attending auditions, seeking patrons or agents, submitting work to publishers, magazines, theatres, radio, and television, and other similar efforts depending on the nature of his/her activities.

Ineligible applicants:
-Indigenous Band or groups directly linked to Band.
-Students attending an educational institution on a full-time basis are not eligible.
-Artists who have already received funding must submit a final report for approval for the funded project before applying for a new grant.
-Applicants who present projects that have already started or projects that have already been completed.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is November 15.

If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application and all support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Sarah Beth Shiplett, Program Officer

225 King Street, Suite 201
Fredericton, NB E3B 1E1

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: New Brunswick