Program of Grants for Individual Artists 2023
Thank you to everyone who applied to the 2023 Grants for Individual Artists program. See the results announcement HERE.
The program is now closed and will return in 2024.
Deadline: August 20, 2023, at 11:59 pm
We know now, more than ever, how much the arts contribute to the quality of life in our community and the larger world. The arts lift our spirits, tell our stories, connect us, inspire us, and help us to better understand ourselves and this complex planet we live on. The arts entertain us, bring us together, enable us to think in new and different ways, see the world from various points of view, imagine alternative ways of living and being, and contribute incalculably to our economic, social, mental, and physical well-being, no matter what our ages or backgrounds. Art gives voice to the voiceless, shapes and reshapes history. As a city, we have to remember that “The Arts” come from the hard work of individual artists.
This Electric City Culture Council (EC3) program, supported by the City of Peterborough, is strategically designed to provide financial support to local professional artists so they can bring their imagination, dreams and visions to life and share them with audiences. It provides essential funding for the development, production, and presentation of projects, and works to assist artists in acquiring additional funding from other sources as they advance their practice and their careers.
The Program has two components:
- Component One: Mini Development Grants for Individual Professional Artists
- Component Two: Project Production and Presentation Grants for Individual Professional Artists
Component One: Mini Development Grants for Individual Professional Artists
This grant provides up to $1,500 maximum for local professional artists to undertake a program of activities that aid their creative research and development, fuel innovation and imagination, and support the sustainability and/or advancement of their practice, including, but not limited to:
- Development of new projects or ideas, research, experimentation.
- Advancing works in progress.
- Transitioning to new disciplines or mediums.
- Advancing skills and knowledge to build or strengthen their work.
- Adapting existing works or developing new approaches to creating and producing their work, or distribution/presentation of their work, including, but not limited to, the use of new technologies or digital opportunities.
- The program welcomes applications from professional artists working in any form/medium, or discipline, in cross-disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary practice, contemporary or traditional art forms. (For work in film/video, film/video development falls under Component 1, film/video production falls under Component 2.)
- Artist fees must be paid.
- This program strives to support proposals that reflect and promote the cultural diversity of Peterborough and Canada today and welcomes applications from artists in equity-seeking communities.
While Component 1 projects may include public presentation of a completed work or works, this is not a requirement.
Component Two: Project Production and Presentation Grants for Individual Artists
This grant provides up to $3,500 maximum to individual professional artists for the creation, production and presentation of innovative new projects or works in progress in any artistic discipline, taking place virtually or live in Peterborough, in the next two years. The program welcomes applications from professional artists working in any form, or discipline, in cross-disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary practice, and in contemporary or traditional art forms. (For work in film/video, film/video development falls under Component 1, film production falls under Component 2.)
Projects can take place at any location within the city or county, including new or established indoor venues, outdoor spaces, mobile activities, broadcast, banners, billboards, and publications. For virtual projects, platforms may include social media, live streaming, websites, etc.
- This is a program of grants to individual professional artists; however, artists may work as part of collectives, ad hoc groups, or with established arts organizations, as long as the individual artist applying retains creative control of the project.
- Project applications may include the work(s) of one artist or several. Partnerships and collaborations with other community organizations are welcome and encouraged.
- Live/in-person projects may take place anywhere in the City or County of Peterborough. Pop-ups, one-time, short-run, series, longer runs, exhibitions, or continuous project proposals are all eligible.
- Artists’ fees must be paid.
- This program strives to support applications that reflect and promote the cultural diversity of Peterborough and Canada today and welcomes applications from artists in equity-seeking communities.
Eligibility Criteria: Components One and Two
To be eligible for Component One or Two of the Grants for Individual Artists Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons upon whom refugee protection has been conferred, and who are legally entitled to work in Ontario.
- Peterborough City or County Resident (including Curve Lake and Hiawatha).
- Professional Artist*.
- Age 18 or over.
- Student projects are not eligible for this program.
- Have completed and submitted all outstanding reports from any previous EC3 grants, and had those reports approved.
*EC3 defines a professional artist or arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication for at least one year, seeks payment for their work and actively practices their art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.
Capital expenses are not eligible for grant funding in either component. Capital expenditures pay for items that will have value after the current projects are completed. Typically, these are relatively expensive items that can be used for several years, such as:
- Computers, printers, and significant technical equipment
- Artistic tools and equipment
- Office equipment and furniture
- Facility and related technical equipment
- Land, buildings, and renovations of leased spaces
If you have questions about capital budget items, please contact EC3 Program Coordinator, Elisha Rubacha at email@example.com before applying.
Equity and Inclusion
The Electric City Culture Council is committed to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion in all our programs and encourages applications from self-identified members of marginalized/racialized, equity seeking communities (visible and invisible), including BIPOC artists, Deaf and hard of hearing artists, artists with disabilities, new Canadians, and those artists identifying as 2SLGBTQ+.
EC3 is committed to establishing fair and equitable practices for all of our programs and services in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Persons with disabilities are encouraged to come forward at any stage of the application process to request accommodations, if needed. Members of our team will consult and can adapt processes wherever possible to provide individuals with disabilities with equal opportunity to apply.
EC3 encourages applications from all those who live in our diverse community and advocates for equal opportunity for all applicants in the application and selection process. EC3 is committed to supporting and promoting diverse artists, artistic practices, and arts communities that represent a wide cross-section of Peterborough and the surrounding area, including artists who identify as Indigenous, Black, or people of colour, as well as artists with disabilities, Deaf and hard of hearing artists, and artists who are members of marginalized religious, sexual orientation, and gender identity groups. EC3 strives to make our juries, assessment committees, and review panels equitable and inclusive by ensuring broad representation, skills, and knowledge from the communities outlined above.
If you are a first-time applicant and need assistance with any aspect of the process, please contact the EC3 Program Coordinator Elisha Rubacha at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your project involves working with a vulnerable community (e.g., minors, those living with mental illness, economic disadvantage, etc.), EC3 may require the completion and review of a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) from any project participants who will be interacting directly with members of that community, before grant funds can be released. Proof that the participant has passed a PVSC within the last year will also be acceptable. EC3 will cover the cost of the PVSC upon request.
Grant Application Workshops
If you have any questions about this program or the application process, EC3 held three Grants for Individual Artists Application Workshops.
Missed our workshops?
EC3 presented a live, in-person grant application workshop for BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ artists, in the Sadleir House Lecture Hall (751 George St N), on Monday July 17 at 7PM. While everyone was welcome to attend, this workshop was designed to support BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ artists in particular, and those who may be applying for a grant for the first time. We provided light refreshments and a relaxed environment to learn from artists who have sat on juries and received grants. You can learn about the program, get some tips for grant writing, and learn about how the process works by watching the recordings.
Our workshop at Jason Wilkins Factory covered the grant basics, and was presented by EC3 staff. There was a PowerPoint presentation, and lots of time for questions and answers. The event helped artists get comfortable with the grant writing process, and learn about how public funding for the arts works in Canada.
The deadline for applications in Component One and Component Two is August 20, 2023 (11:59 pm).
If you identify as Deaf and/or as living with a disability/ies and require accommodation or assistance to develop or make an application to this program, please contact EC3 Program Coordinator Elisha Rubacha at email@example.com for more information.
Assessment of Applications
A peer jury (professional artists, curators, arts programmers, community art specialists, arts educators, cultural knowledge carriers, and arts leaders) will review applications/proposals and make recommendations to EC3 for funding. All jury decisions are final.
Learn more about peer assessment here.
Applications in Component One will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:
- Quality and clarity of artist’s statement/program of activities/project proposal or description.
- Artistic merit of the artist’s statement/program of activities/project proposal or description and support materials, and the project’s value and impact for the artist’s practice.
- Feasibility of the proposed program of activities (funding request and demonstrated ability of the applicant to carry out the project).
Applications in Component Two will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:
- Quality and clarity of artist’s statement and project description.
- Artistic merit of the support materials and program of activities.
- Project feasibility (budget and demonstrated ability to carry out the project as described).
EC3 will email you a notice acknowledging receipt of your submission shortly after the final application deadline. Acknowledgement indicates that your application has been received, not that it is eligible or approved. EC3 will advise you if more information or clarification on your application is required. You will be informed of the results by September 30, 2023.
If your application is successful, EC3 will send you confirmation and a Letter of Agreement.
Successful applicants will later be issued a T4A slip which should be retained for income tax purposes. A positive grant result will therefore include a request for your social insurance number. Without your SIN, EC3 cannot provide the grant funds. An arts grant has different tax implications depending on your individual situation. EC3 cannot provide tax advice on an individual basis. Canada Council for the Arts offers this guide to T4As. You can also view EC3’s Tax Time for Artists workshop recording for some general guidance.
All successful applicants must complete a Final Report upon completion of your project. Most projects will take place within one year of receiving a grant, but successful applicants may have up to two years to complete their project and submit a Final Report. Final Report Forms will be provided along with a Letter of Agreement to successful applicants.
Final reports from previous grants must be submitted and approved before you are eligible for a new grant.
- If you would like to apply to the Program of Grants for Individual Artists Component One or Component Two and receive funding, please read all the information above very carefully before completing the application form.
- Ensure you are using the correct application form for the Component you wish to apply for. (Forms for both Components are included along with the guidelines in a single document.)
- Use the checklist on the final page of the appropriate application form to ensure you have included all the required information.
Applications will only be accepted via this Word document form, saved as a doc/docx, and sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Application: GFIA.”
Timeline / Deadlines
- Tuesday June 20, 2023: Call for Applications
- Tuesday July 4, 2023: Application Workshop
- Monday July 17, 2023: Application Workshop for BIPOC & 2SLGBTQ+ Artists in the Sadleir House Lecture Hall (751 George St N) at 7 pm
- Tuesday July 18, 2023: Application Workshop at Jason Wilkins Factory (188 Hunter St W - Unit 7) at 7 pm
- Sunday August 20, 2023: Call for Applications Deadline (at 11:59 pm)
- Monday September 18, 2023: Results Announced
Download the Grants for Individual Artists Guidelines and Application Form to apply.
[To download, follow the link to the Google Doc, then select File > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx). Please do not request editing access.]
EC3 is grateful for the generous support of all the funders who make our work possible and particularly to the City of Peterborough for their direct support of this program.