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Arts Fund

Grants to Yukon Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Collectives for Arts Projects and Events

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Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Yukon nonprofits, community organizations, artist collectives, government agencies, and local councils for group projects that promote artistic development. Funding may be requested for a broad range of projects, such as training, festival development, event and performance production, and special arts initiatives.

Objectives of the Arts Fund:
-To offer funding assistance to group projects that are arts-focussed
-To foster the creative development of the arts in the Yukon
-To support the principles of the Yukon Arts Policy

The intended results and outcomes of the Arts Fund are to encourage activities of communities, arts collectives, nonprofit groups and First Nations in the performing, literary and visual arts. Arts Fund projects encourage participation in and an appreciation of the arts, engage wide public participation, develop young, emerging and advanced artists, and animate Yukon communities and events.

Eligible costs include:
-Artistic fees and expenses except as noted in limitations
-Administration fees and expenses except as noted in limitations (any administrative expenses included in the project budget should be clearly itemized, not added as a percentage of project costs)
-Production expenses
-Other costs that are directly and reasonably related to the project Consideration will only be given to expenses directly related to the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178090

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Number of Grants:

The Arts Fund typically funds 50-70 projects per year.

Term of Contract:

Grants will not support ongoing, multi-year costs that will result from the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include artist collectives, nonprofit organizations, community associations, industry associations, First Nations governments, school councils, local advisory councils, and municipal governments.

Projects, expenses and applicants not eligible for funding are:
-Capital projects (equipment, uniforms, renovations, facilities) Projects that start prior to application deadline
-Projects that will begin before assessment results are expected (approx. 8 weeks from deadline - such projects are discouraged because they put the assessors and the applicant in a difficult position)
-Projects that directly compete with local private sector initiatives
-Administration expenses for applicants who already receive funding under the Arts Operating Funds program (such expenses should be part of the applicant’s contribution to the project)
-Administration or artistic fees for artist collective applicants Ongoing, multi-year costs that will result from the project Expenses not directly related to the project

Generally, only one project will be funded per applicant in any given fiscal year. There may be exceptions to the one application per year rule that are appropriate due to timing of projects, for applicants that break down projects into logical components and apply for them separately or for applicants that may be members of different collectives.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may request up to a maximum of 70% of eligible project expenses. The remainder of the project budget must be funded from other sources and applicants are expected to provide an equity contribution.

Applicants are encouraged to contact a Fund Administrator to discuss applications prior to the deadline.

The deadlines for the Arts Fund are: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. Applications must be received or postmarked by 4:30 PM on the deadline date. If a deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend, the deadline will be extended until 4:30 PM on the next working day.

Funding recommendations are forwarded to the Minister of Tourism and Culture for approval and announcement. Applicants will be notified in writing of the results within 8 weeks of deadline. With this in mind, applications for projects that will begin before results are expected are not encouraged.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Office Location:
100 Hanson Street
Whitehorse, Yukon

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2703 (L-3)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6

Phone: 1-867-667-3535
Toll Free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3535
Fax: 1-867-393-6456

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Yukon