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Peer Review

The Edmonton Arts Council supports demonstrated and potential excellence in the arts and festivals. When awarding grants, the Edmonton Arts Council places priority on artistic and community merit, based on criteria published in the program guidelines. In order to decide who will receive funding and the amount of funding, the EAC is usally guided by peer assessment review. Peer assessment review is based on collective decision-making. No applicant to the EAC is judged by a single person only, and funding recommendations are made by the consensus of peer assessment members. Each grant program is evaluated by a separate peer assessment committee. No two committees are composed of the same people. All peer assessment committees are chaired by an EAC staff member who does not participate in the decision-making. All grant recommendations are subject to the approval of the EAC Board of Directors. CIP grants over $30,000 go to Edmonton City Council for approval.

Jurors for the arts and festival operating programs are nominated by the recipients of grants from those programs. Community representatives are recruited from the public at large. Jurors for all other programs are appointed by the Edmonton Arts Council. The jury composition, including number of persons and relevant skills or backgrounds is determined by the EAC Board and at all times the persons chosen will fairly represent the applicant community. Each jury must be approved by the EAC Board of Directors.

The Edmonton Arts Council charges jury panels to respect and consider the specific cultural context of applications from all cultural communities, and in the case of equivalent merits based on the published guidelines, to incorporate the Edmonton Arts Council’s policy of reflecting the full demographic diversity of Edmonton before making grant recommendations.

General Principles

  1. Peer juries appointed by EAC will fairly represent the parts of the arts and festival communities affected by the relevant grant program.  

  2. Peer jury members will be chosen because of their expertise in a specific arts or festival discipline and are expected to represent a point of view consistent with their background and experience.

  3. Jurors should have the ability to evaluate other people’s work and make comparisons, the ability to articulate opinions, and openness to the ideas of others. They should have the ability to work and debate in a group decision-making process.

  4. Jurors will be expected, at all times, to preserve the integrity and impartiality of EAC and of Edmonton City Council.

Assessment of Applications

  1. In assessing the merit of applications to programs administered by the EAC, juries will be guided by the relevant evaluation criteria.  

  2. Jurors will reach a consensus or majority opinion on each request and clearly express their decision to the EAC through the responsible program officer. 

  3. Jurors must respect the overall process at all times. They will not discuss the proceedings with applicants at any time.

  4. Juries should provide the EAC with feedback on programs, updates on the needs of the communities, and observations on the assessment process itself including observations on the integrity of the process as well as an evaluation of the EAC officer responsible for the program. 


  1. All members of a peer jury will have an equal vote on all decisions except in a case of conflict of interest where the Jury member in conflict will not participate in a vote.

The exceptions to the peer jury review process occur for programs whose criteria do not require an evaluation of artistic merit or community impact. Those programs include the Emergency Support grant, the Organizational Support grant, the Arts Operating grant and Building Operating grant. In these cases, upon review of a staff report, a designated Board member will present a report and recommendation on funding support to the EAC Board for approval.


Operating Grant Appeals

The Edmonton Arts Council intends its granting process to be fair. Therefore, in particular for ongoing operating grants, there are policies that define how and when a jury might issue a concern or a grant reduction, and how an organization can present a formal appeal.

These polices can be downloaded below:

Appeals Policy     Grant Reduction Policy

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