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SaskFestivals Program - Development Stream

Grants to Sasketchewan Arts Collectives, Groups, and
Organizations to Develop and Manage Arts Festivals and Series

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Grants starting at $10,000 to Saskatchewan arts collectives, groups, and organizations to develop and manage arts series and festivals that positively impact the local community. Applicants must contact staff prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to contribute to an organization's governance, administration, management, operational functions, and artistic programs and services.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board recognizes, encourages and supports the arts to enrich community well-being, creativity, diversity, and artistic prosperity. The Arts Board advances this mission through support of Saskatchewan professional artists, collectives, groups and arts organizations in the areas of research, creation, production, presentation, exhibition, publishing, artistic and professional development or community engagement.

The SaskFestivals program provides support to professional festivals, series and community groups to achieve outcomes that:
-Encourage community engagement, tourism, and economic activity;
-Enhance the positive impact of festivals in the community and province;
-Contribute to the professional practice and heighten the awareness and appreciation of Saskatchewan arts and artists;
-Build strong, flexible leadership organizations within the festival community;
-Reflect the diversity of the local community and the arts sector through inclusion of Indigenous/Métis peoples and culturally diverse groups; and
-Align with the mandate and strategic priorities of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture.

Development Stream recipients:
-Have a 2-year funding cycle,
-Receive funding that contributes to an organization’s artistic programs and services; and governance, management, administrative and operational functions, and
-Are subject to Concerned Status Policy.
For more information about the Concerned Status Policy, please see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 184403

Estimated Size of Grant:

Development Stream recipients have a minimum grant request of $10,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Organizations in the Development funding stream are required to meet all conditions for the release of the funds, claim their funds and begin their operations and programs, as approved, within 12 months of the start date of the approved fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arts Board advances this mission through support of Saskatchewan professional artists, collectives, groups and arts organizations. The SaskFestivals program supports and encourages eligible festival organizations and series presenters in the province that have a positive impact on the arts in Saskatchewan.

Eligible Applicants
-Work and mandate align with SaskFestivals program purpose
-Core mandate of the organization is to present an arts festival or series
-Minimum of three years of operation (with appropriate history of public presentation) prior to first application  engages the advice and expertise of professionals in its programming and administration
-Financial and decision-making processes controlled by Saskatchewan residents
-Management structure is articulated
-Financial accounting systems are in place
-Bank account in the name of organization or group
-Require annual financial statements that are reviewed and signed by independent third party
-Must be in good standing with the Arts Board with no overdue reports on prior grants

Ineligible Applicants
-Organizations that receive operational funding from SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Lotteries, or Creative Saskatchewan
-Organizations that receive operational funding from a Provincial Cultural Organization
-Organizations that receive funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Professional Arts Organizations Program.
-Organizations that do not compensate artists for their work
-Applicants who have outstanding reports for any previous grant received from the Saskatchewan Arts Board

Ineligible Activities
-Festivals and events that are competitive in nature and that charge participants a fee in order to compete
-Festivals and events with programs that support definable political, religious or spiritual viewpoints and/or seek to attract only a special-interest audience or to recruit new members
-Festivals and events that are primarily fundraisers or charity events
-Activities that use or present Indigenous cultural material, traditional knowledge or stories without permission from the community

Pre-Application Information:

Application Closing Date: April 15, 2019

Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision on the April 2019 adjudication no later than July 15, 2019.

Contact the arts board’s program consultant before submitting an application to discuss program application and reporting requirements.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online at

Alex Rogalski
(306) 964-1166 (Saskatoon) or 1-800-667-7526

Noreen Neu
306-787-3093 (Regina) or 1-800-667-7526

Saskatchewan Arts Board
Phone: 1-800-667-7526
Regina Office: 1355 Broad Street · Regina, SK · S4R 7V1
Saskatoon Office: 201 Avenue B South · Saskatoon, SK · S7M 1M3

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Canada: Saskatchewan