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The following grant programs are designed to support individual artists. All grants are allocated based on recommendations from peer juries who provide their valuable expertise on a volunteer basis. 

Online applications open one (1) month before the deadline

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February 1,
June 1,
October 1

CIP Travel Grant

Travel grants are intended to assist an applicant to pay travel costs from Edmonton to a destination for the purposes of training, development, presentation or marketing in the arts or festivals.

 

May 1 

Community Arts Program (formerly The Lee Fund)

Community Art is valued for its ability to bring people together in shared, collaborative, creative experiences to express the things that have meaning to us: where we’ve come from, where we’re going, our world, our fears, our dreams, our aspirations. It strengthens the community, develops creativity and increases awareness of the arts in our lives.

The principles behind Community Art projects are artistic exploration, active participation and intentional inclusiveness that allows communities to tell their own stories.

February 15 and
September 15
(small grants)

June 15 (large grant)

CIP Artist Project Grants

Artist Project Grants are intended to support the activities of professional Edmonton artists for a specific time towards a specific project. Projects can be individual or collective and could include creation, research, development, curation, exhibition or production of work in any art form, as well as development projects.

September 1

The Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund (EATF)

The Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) is a joint project of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation. The EATF is designed to invest in Edmonton’s creative community and to encourage artists to stay in our community. The funds are intended to offset living and working expenses, allowing the artist to devote a concentrated period of time to his/her artistic activities, career enhancement and/or development.

  
October 15

Cultural Diversity in the Arts Project Grant

The City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council has established the Cultural Diversity in the Arts Program in recognition that artists from all parts of the world enrich Edmonton’s cultural scene. Grants will support the activities of individual, Edmonton artists for a specific time towards a specific project. Projects can be individual or collective and could include creation of work in any art form. Professional development and mentorship projects are encouraged.

The grants will be given up to a maximum of $15,000 and in the case when an artist wishes to apply but faces language barriers that make a written application impossible, the artist may, at the discretion of the EAC submit a 5-minute video narrative instead of written material. 

April 1

John Mahon Arts Administrators’ Sabbatical Fund

Administrators form an integral part of the arts infrastructure of Edmonton. The work behind the scenes, and the expertise required for all aspects of arts management, is often under-recognized. The individuals who specialize in this field are a critical piece of a sustainable arts ecosystem and many Edmonton region arts organizations do not have the capacity to support extended periods of renewal and professional development for their senior staff. This fund and program provides the opportunity for local arts administrators to undertake sabbatical leave projects. Their continued contributions to the organizations they manage will enhance the stability and sustainability of Edmonton’s arts community.

April 15

Artist Initiated Public Art Project 

Artist Initiated Public Art Project grants are intended to encourage and support the activities of Edmonton artists for a specific time towards a specific partnership project to create art in the public realm. Projects can be by individual artists or small collectives of artists, directed towards the creation, development and production of work that will be installed in Edmonton location(s) free and accessible to everyone. 

 

MicroGrant Program

The MicroGrant program has been suspended for 2017. Individual artists now have two opportunities to apply for small budget ($5,000 and under) CIP Artist Project Grants. Visit the CIP Artist Project Grant page for more information, or to apply.

 

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