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.
- Tuesday March 9, 2021 for eligible applicants and projects taking place no earlier than June 9, 2021 and finishing no later than December 31, 2022.
- Wednesday September 8, 2021 for eligible applicants and projects taking place no earlier than December 8, 2021 and finishing no later than June 30, 2023. September applications will be accepted starting in early July.
Photo (Above): Gabriela Inés Agüero (Individual Artist Grant 2017)
Photo (Homepage): Sam Penner (Individual Artist Grant 2019)
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.
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.
Professional Research & Development Grant Guidelines, May 2021 (PDF)
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.