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Community Arts Program

The Community Arts Program (CAP) is available to community-based arts organizations and groups. The program funds projects related to arts workshops, presentations, productions, new creations, adjudicator fees, artist fees, and travel costs.

Eligibility:

This program is open to all artistic disciplines served by ArtsNL (dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual arts, writing).

Definition of a community-based arts group:

 A group of individual artists who work in one or more of the artistic disciplines supported by ArtsNL:

  • that has the creation and/or presentation of works of art as a primary activity
  • that is composed of at least two individuals
  • that operates in a not-for-profit capacity
  • that operates as a community-based organization (i.e. run by volunteers and typically does not pay a professional administrator or artistic director)
  • that has internal oversight of the group's finances and can produce an annual financial statement

Definition of a community-based not-for-profit arts organization:

A formal organization operating in one or more of the artistic disciplines supported by ArtsNL

  • that has the creation and/or presentation of works of art as a primary activity
  • that is registered, or operates as a non-profit arts entity
  • that has a board of directors overseeing the operations of the organization
  • that operates as a community-based organization (i.e. run by volunteers and typically does not pay a professional administrator or artistic director)
  • that has internal or external oversight of the organization’s finances and produces an annual
    financial statement

Residency, age, and activity requirements:

Community-based arts groups and not-for-profit arts organizations:

  • Must have been active in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of one year at the time of submitting an application
  • Must have actively engaged in community-based arts activities within the last year
  • Must have at least half its members (for groups) or board members (for organizations) residing in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Must have at least half its members (for groups) or board members (for organizations) who are at least 18 years of age, or have post-secondary standing

If you have any concerns regarding eligibility, please contact the program manager before submitting
an application.

Annual deadline: September 30

Projects must start on/after December 1. If an application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day.

Program funding and maximum grant:

$75,000 is available to be awarded annually. The maximum grant request is $5,000, and the minimum grant to be awarded is $1,000 (or the total amount requested if less than $1,000).

Applicants funded through this program are not eligible to apply to the Professional Project Grants Program, the Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations, or the Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations for additional funding.

Program Guidelines:

  • Applications must be submitted on the official CAP application form. Ensure you have the latest version.
  • Retroactive applications cannot be considered. The project, as described in your application, cannot start before you have been notified it has been funded by ArtsNL.
  • Only one application per group or organization will be accepted per application deadline.
  • Applicants are expected to explore other sources of revenue. Applicants may not always be awarded the full amount requested.
  • Applications must be typed or hand printed.
  • Applicants must submit seven copies of a complete application consisting of: a completed CAP application form, a detailed project description, a history of the organization or group, a budget, and resumes/bios of key participants.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include support materials with their application. These should relate to the project for which you are seeking funding. Seven copies of each item must be submitted. ArtsNL will not copy support materials.
  • All applicants must submit one copy of a financial statement for their last completed fiscal year.
  • Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of a new application by email or phone within two weeks of the application deadline.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for funding.
  • ArtsNL funding will only support travel based on the most economical route possible (i.e. the cheaper overall travel cost for driving versus flying).
  • Final reports on all past ArtsNL grants must be submitted before ArtsNL will release funding for a
    new project.
  • When applying for new funding from ArtsNL, an applicant is permitted to have one final report owing across all ArtsNL programs. In this instance, a final report is considered owing on any past project funded by ArtsNL that is past the project end date listed on the application, or extended on approval of ArtsNL staff before the current application deadline. Applicants owing more than one final report across all ArtsNL programs will not be permitted to apply for further funding from ArtsNL.

Assessment:

Applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary peer assessment committee typically consisting of five to seven members. All decisions are reviewed and ratified by Council. Government members of Council and ArtsNL staff do not vote.

Final report:

A final report on all projects funded by ArtsNL is typically required within three months of the project end date listed on the application form.  However, if a community-based group, or not-for profit arts organization seeks new funding from ArtsNL, the final report requirements listed above will apply. A final report form is available from the ArtsNL office or website.

Forward Questions and/or completed applications to:

Ken Murphy, Program Manager
ArtsNL
1 Springdale Street (The Newman Building)
P.O. Box 98
St. John’s , NL, A1C 5H5

Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 205
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
Fax: (709) 726-0619
kmurphy@nlac.ca