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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:

12/15/19 4:30 PM PST Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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

The objectives of Arts Fund are:
- 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

For more details about Yukon Policy see:

The intended results and outcomes of the Arts Fund are to encourage activities of communities, arts collectives, non-profit 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).
- Promotion
- 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:

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 are Yukon-based 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:
- Individuals
- 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 organizations which 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

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is 4:30 PM PST on: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15. Applications must be postmarked on or before the day of the deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it moves to the next business day.

Applicants are encouraged to contact an arts advisor to discuss their project before applying.

The Yukon Arts Advisory Council reviews the applications and makes funding recommendations to the Minister of Tourism and Culture for approval. Applicants are notified of the results within 8 weeks of the application deadline.

Generally, only one project will be funded per applicant in any given fiscal year. There may be exceptions to the one project per year rule that are appropriate due to the 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.

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.

Arts Fund application tips:

Contact Information:

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

Submit all applications to:
Arts Advisor, Arts Section
Department of Tourism and Culture

In person: #100 Hanson Street, Whitehorse (Visitor Information Centre)

Mail: Arts Fund, Box 2703 (L-3), Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Phone: Toll-free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3535 or ext. 8789
In Whitehorse: 667-3535 or 667-8789

Fax: 867-393-6456


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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Yukon