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Grants for Individuals & Collectives 

Deadlines: 11:59 PM MDT on March 1, 2023 and October 3, 2023 (TBC)

Before you start

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Step 1: Read the guidelines 

Read the guidelines in full to determine if you or your project are eligible for this opportunity. 

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Stream 1: Exploration & Experimentation Guidelines, supports work on creation, experimentation, or research activities. Stream 2: Skills and Career Development Guidelines, supports receiving mentorship, attending a residency, or other forms of professional development for artists and arts professionals. Stream 3: Artist-Driven Major Projects Guidelines,  projects ready for production and/or presentation.

To be eligible for an Individuals & Collectives Grant, you must: 

  • Have an existing and committed practice in any arts discipline or have a history of professional activity in the arts sector. 

  • Be 18 years of age or older.

  • Be a resident of the Edmonton / amiskwaciy-waskâhikan region at the time of the application, and for the duration of the project. This region includes the City of Edmonton and the Indigenous communities of Enoch Cree Nation, Alexander First Nation, Paul First Nation and Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation (artists may be asked to provide proof of residency).

Collectives must:

  •  Have a majority of members who are eligible Individuals as described above; and

  • Have one individual (the primary applicant) apply on behalf of the collective.
An individual or collective may only apply to one stream at each deadline. Individuals and collectives who have overdue Edmonton Arts Council final reports will not be eligible. Individuals and collectives may not be successful more than once annually.

Step 2: Register and apply on SmartSimple  

If you're new to the EAC, you'll need to create a user account and applicant profile before you can begin any application. Read the step-by-step instructions for completing your registration and application. If you have already created a profile, you can log in and update your profile or begin your application.

Would you like some assistance?: The EAC will be hosting four drop-in sessions for those who would like some assistance with filling out a grant application. Now is a good time to begin preparing your materials for those sessions! Drop-in session schedule: Friday, February 3, 1:00 - 3:30 pm; Thursday, February 9, 1:00 - 3:30 pm; Wednesday, February 15, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm and Tuesday, February 21, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. Click here for more information on the sessions. 

Step 3: Wait for assessment!

The assessment process typically takes 12-16 weeks from the application deadline to the announcement of successful grants. You can check the status of your application by logging into your account.

Multidisciplinary peer assessors appointed by the Edmonton Arts Council evaluate all applications. Assessors include artists and arts professionals chosen for their skills, knowledge, and abilities, and are recruited to reflect the full demographic diversity of Edmonton. In making their recommendations, the assessors will be guided by the applications, the program guidelines, and the assessment criteria specific to each program or stream.

Grant recommendations will be received and reviewed by the EAC's Board of Directors and its various committees for approval. Connections & Exchanges guides the EAC's commitment to Indigenous artists and artists from equity-seeking groups. The EAC encourages assessors to respect and consider the specific cultural context of artists from all cultural communities. In the case of equivalent merits based on the published guidelines, assessors are asked to incorporate the EAC policy of reflecting the full demographic diversity of Edmonton before making grant recommendations.

If you have any questions about the SmartSimple registration process, please contact support@edmontonarts.ca.

For information or clarification on any aspect of your application please call 780-424-ARTS (2787) or contact grants@edmontonarts.ca.

***Access Support

Those facing barriers while completing their application may be eligible for Access Support. A barrier can include, but is not limited to, language, culture, physical or cognitive limitations, or any inequity that may complicate completing an application. This support provides funding for specialized assistance in conveying the artists' ideas. This could include hiring a typist, interpreter, translator, or other type of support worker to help with submitting a clear application that accurately reflects the artist's ideas and intentions. Normally, professional grant writers are not supported by this program unless they are assisting the artist with a specific barrier. Eligible assistance will be supported up to $500. For more information, contact grants@edmontonarts.ca.

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. 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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