Grants for Arts Administrators

The Winnipeg Arts Council provides funding to support the development of professional arts administrators employed by not-for-profit Winnipeg arts organizations through the following grant program:

Professional Development Grant Program for Artists & Arts Administrators

The Winnipeg Arts Council recognizes that professional development is key for the arts community to thrive and over the years WAC has supported hundreds of Winnipeg artists and arts administrators for activities that develop their skillsets. Professional mentorships, formal training/courses, and artist residencies have long been eligible for support through the Professional Development grant and the program has helped offset artists’ costs for a wide variety of activities. 

Beginning in May 2021, the Professional Development grant will become the Professional Research and Development Grant. The program will continue to support the types of activities it always has (with the exception of travel) but its scope will expand to include research and critical writing.

The latest program guidelines are available below.

The program’s objectives have not changed. Grants are intended to provide partial support to artists, arts administrators, or arts educators for activities that contribute to their professional development and enhance their careers in the arts. Such activities may include unique opportunities for short-term study (beyond basic training) in a formal or informal setting, mentorships or master classes.

No applications which require travel outside of Manitoba or which may be perceived as contravening public health orders.

Maximum Grant

The maximum request under this program is 50% of the total eligible costs, to a maximum of $1,000. Partial funding may be recommended.


There is no set deadline for this grant program.  Applications will be received throughout the year at least four weeks prior to the start of the proposed activity, as funds are available.  Applications should be submitted at least two months in advance if the applicant wishes for funds to be released prior to the proposed activity or departure date.

Program Guidelines

Professional Research & Development Grant Guidelines, May 2021 (PDF)

To Apply


Final Report

All grant recipients are required to submit a final report in order to close the file. Reporting is done using the GoSmart system, however applicants who received a grant prior to the start of the online application process should submit a hard-copy report. Please see the Final Report Guidelines page for the necessary info.