Type of Program:
The Arts Equity Funding Initiative provides funding to emerging and established professional artists from designated communities who have historically faced barriers to accessing funding support. Designed to support artistic growth, development, production and dissemination, the initiative is available to the following designated communities of artists:
Indigenous (Mi’kmaq as well as other First Nations, Metis and Inuit), culturally diverse (African-Nova Scotian and other visible minorities of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and mixed racial descents) and artists who are deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness.
There are three types of grants, depending on the assisted activities:
- 1Creation Grants assist with projects that involve the creation of new work of art in any form including cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary work.
- 2Presentation Grants assist with projects that involve public presentation of artistic work(s).
- 3Professional Development Grants assist with projects that involve activities intended to strengthen artistic or administrative capacity through formal study programs, mentorship, workshops, apprenticeship, conference and other professional development activity.
A Special Travel Grant can be awarded in the same 12 month period as a Creation, Presentation or Professional Development grant.
Comments on Funding:
Funding for Creation Grants is up to $15,000.
Funding for Presentation Grants is up to $12,000.
Funding for Professional Development Grants is up to $12,000.
Funding for Special Travel Grants can be up to $1,000.
Artists can only receive one Arts Equity Funding Initiative in a 12-month period.
When It Ends:
upload large audio and video files to a streaming service such as YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud,
send the application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm the day of the deadline,
contact the program officer, if they are unable to submit by email.
Applicants must submit:
- 1a self-identification form to demonstrate eligibility,
- 2the signed and completed application form,
- 3a detailed project description (max. 2 pages),
- 4a detailed budget,
- 5a detailed schedule of work,
- 6a two-page CV of the applicant and all other artists involved, or a description of artistic practice and applicable training,
- 7support material demonstrating the applicant’s professional practice (Images, video/audio, printed pages),
- 8group member statements if you are submitting on behalf of a group of artists and not an organization,
- 9background Information About the Organization (if applicable).
Letters of intent from any person or organization involved in the project, and/or letters of support from professional, practicing artists in the relevant discipline(s) may be necessary to include. Contact the program officer when in doubt about these documents.
Other Things to Note:
The applicant will receive an email notifying him of the results ten to twelve weeks after the deadline regardless of the outcome.