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Visual Arts and New Media Individual Project Funding

Grants to Alberta Artists, Arts Administrators, and
Ensembles for New Media and Visual Arts Activities

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Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)

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09/03/18 11:59 PM MT Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta individual artists, artists ensembles, and arts administrators for specific projects in new media or visual arts. First-time applicants must request an online registration at least five business days prior to the deadline. Funding may support marketing, research, art production, and training and career development.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible visual arts and new media projects include:

-Fibre art
-Fine craft
-Mixed media
-Installation art
-Public art
-Media and/or computer-assisted art

Art production includes the development, creation, and production of any visual arts work. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work, such as:

-Artistic creation
-Crating and shipping
-Creative residencies

Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity.

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period that promotes, advertises or disseminates work created by Alberta visual artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist's work.

Eligible marketing projects include, but are not limited to:

-Attending an exhibition opening, visual arts festival, workshop or award presentation by invitation
-Projects that promote and market media art

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of a visual arts/new media project.

Training and career development includes enrollment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist's training in visual arts and new media, and/or arts administration.

Eligible training and career development projects include, but are not limited to:

-Post-secondary study
-Master classes
-Mentorship programs

Eligible Expenses:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

-Contracted artist and technician fees
-Commission fees
-Production, including materials and supplies that are appropriate for the development of the project
-Promotion and publicity
-Transportation and accommodation
-Tuition or training fees
-Administration and contract fees
-Basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, childcare, dependent care) up to $3,000
-Other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180312

Estimated Size of Grant:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for individual project funding you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

-Are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
-Have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying
-Ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting requirements. Applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria.

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

-Expenses for capital purchases, such as buildings or property, or for capital development, studio construction or renovations
-Expenses for equipment such as computers, software, cameras, lighting and audio equipment that can otherwise be rented and/or have a use beyond the life of your project
-Recreational training projects
-Projects undertaken as a part of a course of study (except training and development projects)
-Applied arts such as architecture, interior design, commercial photography, graphic arts and design and/or fashion design
-Contracts for ongoing activities or artists pursuing projects similar in scope to usual activities with the commissioner
-Expenses already incurred prior to the application submission, including grant writer fees

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are September 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

AFA only accepts applications through Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system. AFA must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Contact staff via email (details below) to obtain your GATE login information at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

Recommendations will be made to the AFA Board during its annual May meeting. Successful recipients should be notified in June.

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

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Email the following address to obtain your GATE login information:

David Folk, Arts Development Consultant

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Canada: Alberta