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Arts in Communities Program (AIC)

Grants to New Brunswick Nonprofits, First Nations,
and Agencies for Community Arts Projects

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Grants of up to $2,500, grants of up to $7,000, and grants of up to $10,000 to New Brunswick nonprofit organizations, municipalities, First Nations, and multi-cultural associations for arts and cultural projects and initiatives. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Consideration will be given to applications that leverage partnerships with other organizations and engage emerging or professional artists.

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).

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.

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.

Eligible activities might include (but 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.;

Category C: Performing Arts Festivals

-Eligible Arts Festivals which have received funding from the former Arts Festivals Program;
-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, theater, 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.

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#: 180125

Estimated Size of Grant:

-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 must take place no later than March 31st in the fiscal year in which funding was received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

General Eligibility Criteria:

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

And 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 are 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.

-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 (choirs, theatre or dance 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 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. 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.

April 16 (revised deadline) - For projects occurring before October 1st and
October 1st (unchanged deadline) - 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