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Adapt Grant

Grants to Ontario Artists, Groups, Collectives, Nonprofits, and Registered
Charities in Eligible Locations for Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Kingston Arts Council (KAC) - City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

07/21/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario artists, ad-hoc groups, collectives, nonprofit organizations, and registered charities in eligible locations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for projects that have been created or modified for presentation during the health crisis. Applicants must be based in Kingston.

Adapt Grants support projects that address pandemic-related challenges through new ways of working. These projects include creating, presenting, or adapting artistic work, building partnerships, and creating innovative solutions for community needs. Adapt Grants are a one-time funding program supported by an investment by Kingston City Council in response to the impact of the pandemic on the arts. The objectives of CKAF are to nurture the capacity of the arts, artists and the arts sector in Kingston while fostering creativity, encouraging social cohesion, enhancing quality of life and stimulating economic development through direct investment.

Applicants to the CKAF program must meet the following objectives:

  1. Engage Kingston artists with professional opportunities and industry-standard compensation;
  2. Nurture creativity and arts engagement for all Kingston residents;
  3. Address current needs in the Kingston community;
  4. Strengthen and expand access to the arts;
  5. Create inclusive activities and equity practices that reflect the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences in Kingston;
  6. Foster collaboration between emerging and established artists and arts organizations across disciplines;
  7. Build capacity in the arts and culture sector through professional development, mentorship and investment in sustainable, relevant, high-quality artistic work; and
  8. Cultivate community partnerships across private and public sectors.

Eligible expenses include: 

  • Artist fees for the creation of new work;
  • Artistic production, presentation, and dissemination costs for the creation and distribution of new work; 
  • Project administration costs (not exceeding 20% of total budget);
  • Marketing, promotion, audience development, and community outreach;
  • Venue, studio, or workspace rental;
  • Costs related to accessibility for Deaf artists and audiences and/or artists and audiences with disabilities; and
  • Minor equipment or software to upgrade the technology, workspaces, or health and safety items required to carry out the proposed project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197293

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be a minimum of $4,000 and a maximum of $10,000.

Term of Contract:

CKAF Adapt Grants are for a maximum term of 12 months from 1 September 2021 to 30 September 2022.

Adapt Grants are a one-time funding program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to apply for an Adapt Grant, applicants must be located in the City of Kingston and be one of the following:
- A professional artist or arts professional.
- An incorporated non-profit arts organization; or
- An unincorporated artist collective or ad-hoc group.

A professional artist or arts professional (curator, programmer) has developed skills through training and/or practice and: is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic traditions; has a history of public presentation or publications; seeks payment for their work; and actively practices their art.

Artist collectives and ad-hoc groups are a group of three or more artists who have come together for the purposes of artistic creation and presentation in a collective artistic endeavour. Note that a collective has ongoing activities and will continue working together, while ad-hoc groups are formed for the purpose of a one-time project. In order to be eligible for this grant, collectives and ad-hoc groups must have a bank account in the name of the group.

Non-profit arts organizations are either non-profit organizations or registered charities with a mission or mandate focused primarily on artistic creation and presentation. These organizations must be incorporated in Ontario or federally, have a head office in Kingston, and be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board.

Ineligible Costs:
CKAF Adapt Grant funding may not be used for:
- Major capital purposes including but not restricted to the purchase of land, equipment, fixtures or physical facilities;
- Furthering a for-profit venture or to advantage a for-profit partner;
- A project that is funded by the City of Kingston, through CKAF or another grant program, or that appears on more than one CKAF grant application in the same year;
- Fundraising events and projects;
- Recovering the costs of a project deficit or an organization's financial deficits;
- Programs/services that are delivered by an organization aligned with any political party; and
- Paying for expenses incurred prior to the ratification of the grant results by the Kingston Arts Council Board of Directors (September 2021)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Info Session
Wednesday, 30 June, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm on Zoom

The online session is intended for Adapt grant applicants but is not mandatory. It will include a detailed review of the Adapt Grant Guidelines, Application Forms and Assessment Criteria, as well as a Q&A about the grant process.

ASL Interpretation + Live captions provided.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted before 5pm EST on July 21, 2021.

Eligible applications will be evaluated by a jury composed of professional artists and arts professionals, who will determine which applicants receive funding and the amount of each grant. The KAC Board of Directors will review the jury’s recommendations to ensure compliance with program objectives and evaluation criteria.

Applicants are encouraged to book a meeting with Felix Lee, Grants Coordinator.

Contact Information:

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

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Contact Felix Lee, Grants Coordinator at the email above.

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Canada: Ontario: Kingston;

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