Grants for Artists

The Winnipeg Arts Council provides funding to professional Winnipeg artists through the following multidisciplinary grant programs:

Individual Artist Grant Program for Winnipeg Artists working in all disciplines

Individual Artist Grant Program for Winnipeg Artists working in all disciplines

The Winnipeg Arts Council recognizes the individual artist as the primary source of creative activity in all artistic disciplines. The Individual Artist Grant Program is intended to support the creation of new work in any art form, or the development, production, curation, or exhibition of works of art by Winnipeg artists.

Artists working as part of a collective to produce non-individual works such as Fringe Festival or other theatre projects should apply to the Project Grant program rather than the Individual Artist Grant program. Collectives must contact the Program & Arts Development Manager before applying to confirm eligibility.

Beginning at the March 12, 2019 deadline, applicants can apply for this grant online.  See Application Process below.

Maximum Grant

Two types of grants are available, depending on an artist’s level of accomplishment and experience in the discipline of the proposed project.  The Grant amounts are as follows:

(A) grant of up to $7,000 for mid-career and established artists

(B) grant of up to $3,000 for emerging artists.


Professional artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or who are living with mental illness may be eligible for additional support for access costs. Professional artists who identify in these groups should contact the Program Manager in advance of the application date for details. Eligible expenses are those which assist the artist in the completion of the project but are not intended for capital costs or accessibility supports needed for day-to-day living.


The Individual Artist grant program has two deadlines per year. 2019 deadlines are Tuesday March 12 and Tuesday September 10.

Application Process

For the March 12, 2019 deadline applicants will have the option of submitting a hard copy application or applying online.*** Please read the rules for each option carefully in the guidelines which you can download below.

Online applications must be submitted through the website by 11:59 pm on the deadline date. Please note that you may submit your application up until that time, however the Winnipeg Arts Council office closes at 5:00 pm and no technical assistance will be available after that time.

Paper applications must be received at the Winnipeg Arts Council office by 5:00 pm on the deadline date. This is not a postmark date. Applications may be mailed or hand delivered but not faxed or emailed.

*** Applicants may submit one option or the other, but not both.

Consult the Guidelines (PDF)

Please note: we expect there to be a learning curve in 2019. We will be providing assistance and collecting feedback wherever possible. If you require technical assistance, we ask that you contact the Winnipeg Arts Council well in advance of the deadline to give us time to address and troubleshoot your issue. Technical assistance will not be available outside of business hours.

You can also consult the Frequently Asked Questions we’ve developed for the new process. Download the FAQ (PDF)

Professional Development Grant Program for Artists & Arts Administrators

The Winnipeg Arts Council recognizes that the continued growth and development of arts professionals is essential to the cultural health of the community.

The Professional Development Grant Program is designed to provide support to artists and arts administrators for activities that contribute to their professional development and enhance their careers in the arts. These activities may include: unique opportunities for short-term study (beyond basic training) in a formal or informal setting; attendance at events where the work of the applicant is to be presented or where the applicant is an invited speaker or resource person; or travel that is a component of such activities.

Maximum Grant

Professional Development grants are distributed in fixed amounts of $250, $500, $750, or $1000 and are intended to represent a contribution not exceeding 50% of the total eligible costs.  Grants of $1000 will usually be awarded only for projects taking place outside of North America.


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.

Required Forms

A complete application is comprised of a number of parts, as detailed in the Program Guidelines.  The forms are available for download below. Please note that all PDF files require Adobe Reader, available for free download on the Adobe website.

Guidelines (PDF)

Application Forms (PDF)