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 but not limited to Fringe Festival or other independent theatre productions) may be directed 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 and determine the correct program to apply to.
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: one in early March and one in early September. The next deadline is Wednesday September 8, 2021 for eligible applicants and projects beginning no earlier than December 8, 2021 and finishing no later than June 30, 2023.
Program Guidelines & Forms
These guidelines have been updated since the Spring 2021 intake and artists intending to apply to the September 8, 2021 deadline should take note of the section related to cultural knowledge in proposed projects which has been added to the Project Description section.
- 2021 Revised Individual Artist Grant Guidelines (PDF)
- Budget form (Excel)
- FAQ for online applications (PDF)
Photo (Above): Gabriela Inés Agüero (Individual Artist Grant 2017)
Photo (Homepage): Yvette Cenerini (IA grant 2019)
with the assistance of Ken Gregory, Erika Lincoln, Ray Peterson and Diana Thorneycoft.
Photo by Kelsey Braun
The Winnipeg Arts Council recognizes that professional development is key for artists in the 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.
This grant program is 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.
Beginning in 2022, travel is once again an eligible activity which can be supported.
Grants are awarded in fixed amounts of $250, $500, $750, or $1,000. Applicants may seek up to 50% of the total eligible costs from WAC. Grants of $1,000 will normally not be considered for activities taking place in North America, and 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.
Program Guidelines & Forms
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.