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Creative Spark Vancouver

Grants to British Columbia Early Career Artists in Eligible
Locations for Career-Building Arts Projects Involving Children

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Conf. Date:

03/17/21

Deadline Date:

04/13/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $5,000 to British Columbia individual artists and collectives in eligible locations for career-building arts projects involving children. Funding is intended for projects that involve young people, ages 5-18, and that focus on arts-based learning in any artistic discipline. Eligible applicants are emerging artists who are residents of the City of Vancouver or a member of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and live in that Nation’s unceded territories. Grants may be used to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals, and honoraria.

Creative Spark Vancouver enables emerging artists to gain experience on small projects that could lead to new career opportunities, new community relationships, different perspectives on arts and education, future learning opportunities, and exciting multi-faceted projects. 

Emerging artists can be of any age in any artistic or cultural discipline (e.g. community arts, dance, disability arts, Indigenous arts or culture, interdisciplinary, literary, media, multidisciplinary, music, textile/fiber art, theatre, visual arts). 

Before you apply, please make sure your application meets the Creative Spark Vancouver goals:

  • To build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with young people and art and culture-based learning;
  • To provide young people with opportunities to engage actively in art and culture, particularly artists and young people from equity-seeking communities; and
  • To critically engage with reconciliation, decolonization, equity, and accessibility. 

The project must:

  • Take place in the province of British Columbia
  • Involve young people (ages 5-18)
  • Focus on arts-based learning in any artistic or cultural discipline
  • Have a plan to be delivered a variety of ways in order to comply with the prevailing health advisory at the time your project is planned
  • Be planned for the future (ie: after the application deadline – projects cannot be funded retroactively)
  • Be completed by December 31, 2021

For information about funding criteria, see:https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/csv-guidelines-faq-apr2021.pdf#page=5

Eligible expenses include:

  • Artist Fees for the Applicant(s). (see FAQ for more details about fees)
    • For a solo artist project, only that artist’s fees may be included.
    • For a collaborative project, only the emerging artists who are co-applicants may be included.
    • Any non-emerging artists should be paid via Honoraria.
    • See the CARFAC Fee Schedule for Reference: https://carfac-raav.ca/
  • Criminal Record Check fees for all adults working with children (5-18)
  • Materials and Supplies including any technical needs to deliver your project online and PPE
  • Venue rentals
  • Tool and equipment rentals including any technical needs to deliver your project via distance
  • Honoraria for other contributors not to exceed $500 total for the project. Honoraria could be paid to Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Mentors, Subject Matter Experts, etc. 

For more information on eligible expenses, see: https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/csv-guidelines-faq-apr2021.pdf#page=12

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184650

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Creative Spark Vancouver offers up to 100% funding for projects!
- Individual artists can apply for up to $3,000.
- Collectives or groups of emerging artists working together can apply for up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant(s) must:
- Be a resident of the City of Vancouver or a member of the Musqueam, Squamish, or TsleilWaututh First Nations and live in that Nation’s unceded territories.
- Be an emerging artist of any age in any artistic or cultural discipline (e.g. community arts, dance, disability arts, Indigenous arts or culture, interdisciplinary, literary, media, multidisciplinary, music, textile/fiber art, theatre, visual arts).
- Collectives or groups of emerging artists working together can apply.

For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:
- Is enrolled in, or has specialized training in arts and culture (university graduation or equivalent, self-training, or training in a culturally-specific tradition);
- Is in the early stages of their career, usually within the few first years of pursuing a career in their field;
- Has a small history of presentation, production, or publication;
- Is looking for support and resources to build confidence in their practice;
- Is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, when possible financially; and
- Self-identifies as emerging.

Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.

All expenses not listed explicitly as eligible are ineligible. Examples include, but are not limited to: capital expenses (items that are not used up through the project, such as iPads or tools), classes and/or professional development. Ineligible expenses cannot be included in the budget.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Want to learn more? Join the Information Session on March 17th from 6-7pm on Zoom with closed captions. You can learn about the grant, the application process, get tips and tricks for grant writing, and ask Lily - the Program Manager - your questions about the grant.

Sign up now: https://creative-spark-vancouver.eventbrite.ca/

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be submitted by Tuesday, April 13, 2021 by 11:59 PM. Late applications will not be considered for funding.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within two months of the application deadline.

ArtStarts has made some changes to the Creative Spark Vancouver grant so that they can still fund projects while operating safely in accordance with public health precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They have changed the timeline for the grant, allowed for projects to happen via distance, and expanded eligible expenses to support projects happening online or via distance.

Applicants can apply for one grant per intake. If you are applying as an individual artist, you cannot also be part of a collective application.

For submission details, see: https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/csv-guidelines-faq-apr2021.pdf#page=3

FAQs: https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/csv-guidelines-faq-apr2021.pdf#page=11

Contact Information:

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

Apply at: https://www.cognitoforms.com/ArtStarts/CreativeSparkVancouverApplicationFormApril2021

Direct questions to:
Lily Cryan, Program Manager
creativespark@artstarts.com
604-336-0626 ext 111

ArtStarts
808 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 3A7, Canada

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia: City of Vancouver or members of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and live in that Nation’s unceded territories or the City of Vancouver.;

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