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

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.

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 in March and September. 2019 deadlines will be posted in late 2018.

Programme de subventions pour artistes individuels

Le Conseil des arts de Winnipeg reconnaît que l’artiste individuel est la principale source d’activité créatrice dans toutes les disciplines artistiques. La programme de subventions pour artistes individuels vise à appuyer la création de nouvelles œuvres d’art de toutes les disciplines, ou le développement, la réalisation, la conservation, ou l’exposition d’œuvres d’art créées par des artistes de Winnipeg.

Subvention maximale

Deux types de subventions sont disponibles, selon le niveau d'accomplissement et de l'expérience d'un artiste dans la discipline du projet proposé:

  • Une subvention pouvant atteindre 7000 $ pour la mi-carrière et établis
  • Une subvention pouvant aller jusqu'à 3000 $ pour les artistes émergents.


Les artistes professionnels qui s'identifient comme sourd, comme ayant un handicap ou en situation de problèmes de santé mentale peuvent être admissibles à un soutien supplémentaire pour les coûts d'accès. Les artistes professionnels qui s'identifient dans ces groupes devraient communiquer avec le gestionnaire de programme avant la date de la demande pour plus de détails. Les dépenses admissibles sont celles qui aident l'artiste dans l'achèvement du projet, mais ne sont pas destinées aux coûts en capital ou aux soutiens d'accessibilité nécessaires pour la vie quotidienne.

Dates limites

Deux dates d’échéance sont fixées pour ce programme, en mars et en septembre. Les dates limites pour 2019 seront annoncées avant fin 2018.

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)