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The Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund (EATF)

Deadline: September 1, 2022

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

The EATF was established in 1997 by John and Barbara Poole, Edmonton Community Foundation (through a transfer of funds from the ECF's Community Fund) and the Clifford E. Lee Foundation, and was intended to invest in Edmonton’s creative community. The award recognizes an artist’s work and contribution to the community as well as providing financial stability to renew, develop, create or experiment. Over the past 25 years, the EATF has invested in more than 120 multimedia, literary, music, dance, film, theatre and visual artists, and contributed more than $1M to the arts economy.

The EATF Award is open to any artist who is 18 years or older; a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident; and a resident of the greater Edmonton region for at least one year prior to the deadline. This region includes the City of Edmonton and the Counties of Sturgeon, Parkland, Leduc and Strathcona, and the Indigenous communities adjacent.


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 professionals 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 their artistic activities, career enhancement and/or development.

The Edmonton Arts Council is the administrator of the award process which includes inviting Edmonton area residents to apply, appointing peer assessment committee to adjudicate all applicants, and presenting the peer assessment committee's recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Arts Council for approval.

Funds are intended to support:
Artists at all stages of their professional careers, in all fields and any artistic tradition, who demonstrate excellence in their field and commitment to working in and contributing to the Edmonton region's arts community.

Funds are not intended to support:
Artists who primarily work outside the Edmonton region.

EAC Online Portal Registration

Registration in the online portal is required to create an EATF nomination, which can be submitted by either the Nominee or the Nominator.

If the Nominator is completing the submission, the Nominee must also create an account and profile in SmartSimple online portal.

Going forward, the online portal will be the way to access and apply for EAC funding opportunities.

Currently the portal is open to Individuals only. We know that you may also represent an organization in the community. Organization registration will open in the coming weeks, and you will be invited to create your organization profile at that time. For now, please register using an email that you will use for your individual access.

You can register for the new online portal at eac.smartsimple.ca. Step-by-step instructions to assist with the registration process are available here. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact the EAC at support@edmontonarts.ca.

Access Support

Artists facing linguistic or cultural barriers to completing their application, or artists who face barriers because they are Deaf or have a disability, may be eligible for access support. This new initiative provides funding for specialized assistance in conveying the artists' ideas. Such assistance will normally be up to $500. For more information, contact grants@edmontonarts.ca.

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The Edmonton Arts Council will be unveiling a new system to process and accept grants for individuals soon. In the interim, please refer to the guidelines above to ensure that you have the relevant materials and information ready.

If you have any questions or concerns in the interim, please contact EAC Grants Staff at grants@edmontonarts.ca or call 780.424.2787.



Watch videos of our past recipients

2019 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Recipients
EATF 2019

2018 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Recipients
EATF 2018 Recipients

2017 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Recipients

2017 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Video 

2016 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Recipients

EATF 2016 Video Link

2015 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Recipients

2015 EATF Video Link

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