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

Creative Spark Vancouver

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Deadline Date:

09/18/22 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 are geared towards children and youth and focus on arts-based learning in any artistic discipline. Projects may take place in person or remotely. Eligible artists are residents of Vancouver or members 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 working in their cultural traditions, outsider artists, and other creative folks are encouraged to apply. 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). 

Applications must meet 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 in 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).

For updated COVID-19 information, see: https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/FINALcsv-guidelines-faq-sept%202022.pdf#page=1

For information about funding criteria, see: https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/FINALcsv-guidelines-faq-sept%202022.pdf#page=5

For information about eligible expenses, see: https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/FINALcsv-guidelines-faq-sept%202022.pdf#page=8

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.

At least 50% of funding in each intake goes to equity-seeking artists.

Term of Contract:

Projects take place between November 2022-July 2023.
Projects must be completed by July 31, 2023.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: September 18, 2022 at 11:59pm

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

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.

All adults working with children through the project must complete an online Criminal Record Check through the online British Columbia Ministry of Justice’s Criminal Records Review Program and have no criminal record found for the purpose of working with children. The applicant must pay the $28 fee, however it is an eligible expense in your grant application budget.

For submission details, see: https://artstarts.com/assets/uploads/FINALcsv-guidelines-faq-sept%202022.pdf#page=3

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/CreativeSparkVancouverApplicationFormSeptember2022

Direct questions to:
Lily Cryan, Program Manager
creativespark@artstarts.com
604-336-0626 ext 111
Schedule a phone call: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/selfsched?sstoken=UU9xcmw4NGZrQXl1fGRlZmF1bHR8NDhhMmNlMWEwMDlmMTg0NGM1ZGQyOGVkZDBmOGQ2YTI

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

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

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