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Arts in Communities (AIC) Program

Grants to New Brunswick Nonprofits, Municipalities, First
Nations, and Associations for Arts and Cultural Activities

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New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture

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10/01/18 Receipt


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Grants to New Brunswick nonprofits, municipalities, multi-cultural associations, and First Nations to support arts and cultural activities and performing arts festivals. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to strengthen communities throughout the province.

The Arts in Communities (AIC) Program is intended for new, emerging and established arts and cultural organizations and performing arts festivals that strengthen New Brunswick communities artistically, culturally and economically through vibrant arts and cultural activities. The AIC Program supports specific projects and initiatives that leverages partnerships with other arts organizations (where applicable) and/or engage professional, and/or emerging artists.

The general objectives of this program are to encourage greater levels of artistic creativity and excellence, increase awareness of and participation in arts activities, encourage partnerships between arts and cultural organizations and other sectors, support innovative cultural activities, provide more employment opportunities for professional artists and attract visitors and enhance the creative economy in New Brunswick.

This program provides project support to New Brunswick incorporated nonprofit organizations which are:
-Category A: New and Emerging Community Arts and Cultural Organizations
-Category B: Established Community Arts and Cultural Organizations (e.g. former Community Partnership Program applicants would fall in this category)
-Category C: Performing Arts Festivals

Eligible activities for Category B might include but are not limited to:
-Cultural mediation projects whereby professional artists mobilize the community to participate in a collective art or creation project;
-A workshop or series of workshops with a professional artist or arts organization (such as a dance company, a songwriter, a filmmaker etc.) with a public presentation component;
-Projects that introduce and present various arts disciplines (e.g. visual arts, craft, film screenings) and include opportunities for the public to learn from professional artists through talks, demonstrations, artists’ panels, etc.

Eligible activities for Category C - Performing Arts Festivals:
-Performing arts and multi-disciplinary festivals whose primary mandate and presentations are in the performing arts and/or which require a venue or multiple venues (such as music, theatre, dance, film and other performance arts);
-Features the work of professional artists as well as emerging New Brunswick artists;
-Demonstrates a coherent artistic vision or theme;
-Is concentrated in both time and space.

The AIC Program's objectives align with the Renewed Cultural Policy for New Brunswick. Namely:
-Encourage greater levels of artistic creativity and excellence in cultural programming in all New Brunswick communities;
-Increase awareness of, access to, and participation in arts activities in New Brunswick;
-Provide opportunities for the public of all ages and various backgrounds to enjoy and learn about the arts;
-Encourage partnerships between arts and cultural organizations and other sectors;
-Support innovative cultural activities in traditional or non-traditional venues;
-Provide more employment opportunities for New Brunswick professional artists;
-Attract visitors and enhance the creative economy in New Brunswick.

Eligible Costs:
-Coordination costs (salaries and administrative costs), travel, and other related expenses.
-Costs related to production or programming, such as artist fees, travel, and accommodation, venue and equipment rental, costumes, sets, security, insurance and other production/presentation-related expenses.
-Costs related to marketing costs including design, media buys, programs, posters, other advertising, print and digital media.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175666

Estimated Size of Grant:

Level of Funding:
-Category A: Up to $2,500 per organization per year
-Category B: Up to $7,000 per organization per year
-Category C: Up to $10,000 per organization per year

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur before October 1 (April 3 deadline) or after October 1 (October 1 deadline).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
-Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations legally incorporated in New Brunswick;
-First Nations;
-Municipalities with a cultural policy;
-Multi-cultural associations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:
-An organization whose primary mandate is to encourage, promote, present, organize, or develop arts activities in the community. For multi-cultural associations, only the artistic content of the activity will be considered for funding.
-Must demonstrate significant community involvement in the event or activity or demonstrate outreach efforts to secure a public.
-Organizations applying under this program are not eligible for funding under any other programs of the Arts and Cultural Industries Branch for the same project, with the exception of the New Brunswick/Québec Cultural Cooperation Agreement Program, which may provide support for visiting artists from Québec.
-Presenting organizations may apply under the Arts Touring and Presenting Grant Program for a different program or event.

-Inaugural performing arts festivals may be eligible under Category “A” of this program.
-Literary arts festivals may apply under the Literary Promotion Grant Program.
-Recurring festivals hosted by an organization which receives funding through the Department’s Core Support Program must now include these as part of their Core Support application.

Projects that include only non-professional artists or amateur artists or arts groups will not be given consideration.

A project or initiative that includes participation by non-professional artists or arts groups may be eligible if it involves a professional artist or artist groups in some capacity (i.e. leading workshops; mentoring participants; facilitating or directing artistic creation/expression/performance).

Category A - New and Emerging Community Arts and Cultural Organizations:
-Eligible organizations which have been in existence for less than 12 months and which do not currently receive funding through any other project funding programs.

Category B - Established Community Arts and Cultural Organizations:
-Eligible organizations which have received funding from the former Partnership for Community Cultural Activities Program.

Category C - Performing Arts Festivals:
-Eligible Arts Festivals which have received funding from the former Arts Festivals Program.

-Organizations currently receiving Core Funding;
-For-profit organizations or foundations;
-Organizations and festivals whose primary mandate is not artistic in nature and/or which does not include a professional arts component;
-Schools, universities, hospitals;
-Recreational or religious organizations;
-Community arts groups that do not engage professional artists (community choirs, theatre or dance groups, etc.), community festivals (e.g. Salmon Festival, Old Home Week) and private art schools. Note: Community festivals may be eligible for the Regional Development Corporation's (RDC) Community Events Program.

Ineligible Costs:
-Infrastructure expenses, non-arts related activities or fundraising initiatives.
-Art exhibitions and workshops that do not incorporate a component that actively engages the public. E.g. which do NOT offer panel discussions, artist talks, etc...
-Related events held outside the primary event.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants cannot exceed 50% of eligible costs.

First-time applicants must contact the Arts and Cultural Industries Branch to discuss eligibility and the application requirements.

Applications for AIC Program must be received no later than April 3 for projects occurring before October 1st and no later than October 1st for projects occurring after October 1st.

Contact Information:

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

Arts and Cultural Industries Branch
Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 5H1

506) 453-2555

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Canada: New Brunswick