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Cultural Diversity in the Arts Project Grant

Deadline – October 15
When this date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

PILOT PROJECT – This program may be changed without notice at the discretion of the EAC 


The City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council established the Cultural Diversity in the Arts program to recognize that artists from all parts of the world enrich Edmonton’s cultural scene. Artists from these communities can apply to any Edmonton Arts Council program, but many also face cultural, linguistic or historical barriers to accessing support. The intent of this program is to provide an entry point, to help these artists begin to overcome those barriers, to pursue their professional artistic work and develop connections to the greater Edmonton arts community.

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.


How to Apply

Applicants have the option of submitting an online grant application or a hard copy paper application. Applicants should first review the grant guidelines prior to preparing either type of application since they contain important eligibility requirements and information on how the application is evaluated.

If you are submitting a hard copy paper application, please download a copy of the grant guidelines and the grant application below. 

Download the guidelines here: 

Download the application here:

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If you are submitting an online application, click here to access the form: eacawards.fluidreview.com.

Full instructions to fill in the application are provided in the online form. This form allows you to insert, edit, and save any 'in progress' information in the application prior to its final submission to the Edmonton Arts Council. 

If you require further information or are having difficulties with your application, please contact the following staff:

  • Mary Jane Kreisel, Program Officer at mjkreisel@edmontonarts.ca or (780) 424-2787 ext. 226 for issues with the content of the application.

  • Justina Watt, Grants Administrator at jwatt@edmontonarts.ca or (780) 424-2787 ext. 243 for issues with the online application system. 


Cultural Diversity in the Arts (CDA) Project Grant 

The Edmonton Arts Council will be hosting two Cultural Diversity in the Arts Project Grant workshops to inform artists and community members about the grant application process for this program.

Dates: Monday, September 12, 2016, and Wednesday, September 14, 2016

For more information about these workshops, click here. 


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