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Grants FAQ

Scroll down to see the answers to these common questions about Edmonton Arts Council grants:

What is a Grant?
What kinds of grants are available through the EAC? 
Where does the funding come from and how much is available?
Am I eligible for a grant?
What is the EAC’s definition of artist?
Do I need to be a member of the EAC to be eligible for a grant?
Where do I get an application form?
What if the application deadline is on a holiday?
How does the EAC decide who gets a grant?
How does the EAC decide who will be on a jury?
Who approves the jury’s grant recommendations?
When will I know the results of my application?
What are the reporting requirements?
How do I report my grant to the CRA?
What are my responsibilities as an applicant?
Want to know what grant might be right for you?

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What is a Grant?

A grant is a financial investment (ie. money) in an organization, individual, or specific project. 

Unlike a loan, grants do not need to be repaid, but may require follow-up reporting or other commitments in exchange for the investment.  

What kinds of grants are available through the EAC?

The Edmonton Arts Council manages grants for arts and festival activity within the City of Edmonton. 

Grants to individual artists are available to support specific projects such as travel, creation, exhibition or production of work in any art form.  This might include support of living or working expenses relative to the project.

We provide grants to arts and festival organizations to support annual operating costs, building operating costs and for organizational support and emergency purposes. 

Non-profit organizations can apply for grants to produce a one-day celebration or a new festival.

Grants are also available for collaborations between artists and community groups.  

Click here to see a full list of our grant programs and their annual deadlines. 

Where does the funding come from and how much is available?

The Edmonton Arts Council manages the City of Edmonton’s Community Investment Program, which provides funding to arts, festival, and non-profit organizations in Edmonton from the municipal tax base. 

The Edmonton Arts Council also administers grants from other sources such as the Edmonton Community Foundation. Available funding may change from year to year. 

For information on past grant recipients and total budget amounts, please see our past annual reports 

Am I eligible for a grant?

Although eligibility varies by program, general requirements include:

  • An arts or festival organization must be an Edmonton non-profit society that has been registered as a non-profit society for at least one year.
  • The primary activities of the organization must be in the arts and culture (arts and culture disciplines include music, dance, writing, painting, theatre, film, you name it!).
  • Grants are not intended to support organizations that are primarily training or educational institutions.
  • An individual artist must be resident of the City of Edmonton for at least one year, not be in arrears  (ie. unpaid debt) with the City of Edmonton at the time of application and have no overdue Edmonton Arts Council final reports. 

What is the EAC’s definition of artist?

The EAC defines professional artist as someone who has completed training, an apprenticeship or a recognized body of work in an arts discipline, and meets the requirements of one or more of the following:

  • Is dedicated to the practice of the art, as evidenced by a significant investment of time and resources.
  • Receives payment for artistic work (i.e. artist fees).
  • Has received public exposure, through professional showings, screenings, publication, or performances where selection was carried out by an objective group such as a jury or publisher.
  • Enjoys peer recognition through: critical reviews, participation in community activities and membership in professional associations. 

Must I be a member of the EAC to be eligible for a grant?

No. However, members can vote in board elections, run for board positions, keep up with arts opportunities, news and events through our email notices, and network with other artists and arts supporters at member events. To learn more about membership, click here.   

How can I get an application form?

The best way to find an application form is through our website. Click here for a list of grants and their application deadlines. Downloadable PDF applications are available under each grant section. Some grants also offer online applications. 

You may also call the EAC office (780-424-2787) and speak to someone on the grants team, who will email you an application form or send one by mail. 

What if the application deadline is on a holiday?

If the application deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, applications for that program will be accepted until 4:30 pm the next business day. 

How does the EAC decide who gets a grant?

While each grant process is different, most are assessed through a peer jury process.

**Please review your grant application guidelines to determine how your grant will be assessed. 

Generally, after a grant deadline has passed, a jury made up of artists and community members come together to look over the application packages and collectively make decisions. The juries look for demonstrated and potential excellence in the arts and festivals, and place priority on artistic and community merit, as guided by the program criteria.

The only grant programs that are not evaluated using a jury process are those where artistic merit or community impact are not part of the assessment criteria. Those programs include the Emergency Support grant, the Organizational Support grant and the Arts and Museums Building Operating grant. In these cases, a designated Board member reviews staff reports and presents a recommendation to the EAC Board for approval.

To read more about the jury process, click here

How does the EAC decide who will be on a jury? 

Jury members are selected because they have relevant skills, knowledge and abilities, and the group may include a community member to bring a general point of view to the discussion. 

The Edmonton Arts Council accepts and encourages nomination of potential jurors on an ongoing basis. Jurors are recruited to reflect the EAC’s equity goals, including a representation of different artistic disciplines, cultural communities, sexual orientations, genders, ages, and disability factors. 

Who approves the jury’s grant recommendations?

All grant recommendations require approval of the EAC Board of Directors. 

The Community Investment Program grants also go to Edmonton City Council for approval, because these programs provide funding from the municipal tax base. 

When will I know the results of my application?

We try to notify applicants of the results within 90 days of the application date for most programs. 

For the Arts Operating and Festival Operating programs, notification of the results can be expected within 6 months of the application date. 

What are the reporting requirements?

If you receive annual operating funds or building operating funds, we consider your most current application to be a report on last year’s operations. 

Individual grant recipients must submit a report within 90 days of the completion date specified on the application. This report must include a description of the project, any changes from what was described in the application, and a financial report.  

How do I report my grant to the CRA?

The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is required by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to issue T4 slips to individuals who receive funds in excess of $500 per calendar year. You will need to report this income when you file your personal taxes.

>> Click here for a document with more information. 

What are my responsibilities as an applicant?

When applying for a grant, it is your responsibility to fully understand the grant program’s criteria and guidelines, and to submit a complete and accurate application and support materials by the deadline. If you need assistance in researching which grant is right for you, or how to apply, feel free to contact grants staff


Want to know what grant might be right for you?

Would you like assistance with reviewing a draft proposal?

Our grants staff can help you and welcome your questions

If English is not your first language, we do have staff who are fluent in other languages, and we can also help connect you with language support services. Please contact grants staff for more information on these services. 

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