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Grants for Individuals and Collectives 

Deadlines: 11:59 PM MDT on February 16 2021 and October 1, 2021

Individual artists and their work are the foundation of our arts community. Working alone or in groups they pursue work that develops their practice, advances creative thought, contributes to an art form and provides our community with a reflection of itself. Through Connections & Exchanges: A Ten-Year Plan To Transform Arts & Heritage in Edmonton, the Edmonton Arts Council has committed to supporting a wide range of art forms and practices to foster experimentation, creative collaborations with community and public presentations, as well as activities to advance individual skills, including mentorships and professional development.

Purpose
Grants for Individuals and Collectives 2021 has three distinct streams, each with its own evaluation criteria and assessment process. An individual or Collective may only apply to one stream at each deadline and may only receive one grant from this program in 2021.

Stream 1: Exploration and Experimentation
To support an artist to work on current solo creation, experimentation or research activities. Grant amounts are fixed at $5,000 to support subsistence while the artist takes the time to work.

Stream 2: Skills and Career Development
To support professional development and mentorship-based projects for artists and arts professionals. Projects may be solo or collective, and grants are available up to $10,000 based on actual or projected project expenses, including artist subsistence.

Stream 3: Major Artist-driven Projects
To support artist-initiated projects, including production/presentation that is clearly considered in light of public health advice and restrictions. Projects may be solo or collective, and grants will be available up to $25,000 based on projected project expenses, including artist subsistence.

 

Level of Support

Approximately 1.6 million dollars is allocated to the program in 2021.

Grants in Stream 1: Exploration and Experimentation are fixed at $5,000
Applicants to Stream 2: Skills and Career Development may request up to $10,000
Applicants to Stream 3: Major Artist-Driven Projects may request up to $25,000  

Your application will be submitted through our online system at eac.smartsimple.ca.

Download the Guidelines

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Grant-writing tips

Click here to download a tip-sheet that covers grant-writing tips, program guidelines and assessment criteria for this grant program.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about EAC grants, including eligibility, the EAC definition of professional artist, how grants are assessed and more.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact EAC grants staff.

Online applications open a month before the deadline at eac.smartsimple.ca

The EAC has launched its new online application portal, SmartSimple, at eac.smartsimple.ca. In order to create an application, you must complete and submit your profile first. There is a known bug that prevents applicants from starting an application if they try to do this before their profile is complete. If you are having any issues, please contact our support team at support@edmontonarts.ca 

Complete your registration for the Online Portal at eac.smartsimple.ca. Step-by-step instructions for completing your registration are available here

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