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Connections & Exchanges Initiatives 2022

Deadline: 11:59 PM on June 15, 2022

Through the 2022 Connections & Exchanges Initiatives program, the Edmonton Arts Council will invest in activity and work that productively connects organizations with Edmonton's artists and arts professionals. This will foster the work of those organizations and individuals, in pursuit of cascading, long-term impacts for the cultural ecosystem.

Examples of eligible activities include skills development in any arts practice or arts administration field, advancement of ensemble development, community and audience engagement, or creation and revision of artistic work.

Initiatives must have clear shared benefits for the organization(s) and individuals involved, and must deliver fair, professional compensation to the practitioners engaged.


These funds must be used to support costs associated with payment of Edmonton artists at a professional rate for an extended period of relevant activity and work.

Applicant organizations may also define and request up to 25% of the total grant for itemized overhead costs in support of the initiative.

The maximum investment is $25,000 to any one organization.

There is the potential to support more than 25 initiatives.


Eligible initiatives must be:

  • Relevant to the applicant organization's mandate and goals, aspirations or strategic plans.
  • Based on the engagement of Edmonton artists and arts professionals, paid to pursue relevant activities and work such as:

    • Skills development in any aspect of creation, production, or administration, including ensemble development when relevant
    • Creation, or revision of artistic work
    • Artist and community collaborations
    • Community and audience development

  • Time specific, with a defined start and end date.
  • An expansion, or change of the work of the organization even if it overlaps or augments the existing core activity.


Applicant organizations will provide brief responses to questions in the EAC's Online Portal: eac.smartsimple.ca. Accommodations will be provided if there are barriers to access.

The organization's profile in the EAC's Online Portal must be up-to-date, and that information will be relevant to the assessment of these initiatives.

If more information is required, the EAC will make targeted requests for more detail from applicants. That detail will be provided via revision of the existing application, with separate questions in the Online Portal.

For any technical support needs, contact the EAC by emailing support@edmontonarts.ca or by phone 780-424-2787.

If you have any questions regarding the content of the application or the process, please contact EAC Grants staff at grants@edmontonarts.ca or 780-424-2787.


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