Grants for Artists
The Winnipeg Arts Council provides funding to professional artists through the following multidisciplinary grant programs:
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 including Fringe Festival or other theatre productions 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.
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 will not be considered for capital costs or accessibility supports needed for day-to-day living.
The Individual Artist grant program has two deadlines per year, in early March and early September.The next deadline is Tuesday March 10, 2020 and is for eligible applicants and projects taking place no earlier than June 10, 2020 and finishing no later than December 31, 2021.
2020 guidelines will be posted at least two months prior to the deadline. You can read the 2019 guidelines here but please note that they will be updated before the next deadline and prodpective applicatnts should ensure they refer to the 2020 guidelines prior to applying.
2019 Individual Artist Grant Guidelines for reference only (PDF)
The next deadline for Individual Artist grants is March 2020 and applications will be accepted beginning in January.
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.
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.
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.