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Professional Project Grants Program

The Professional Project Grants Program (PPGP) is available to professional artists and professional arts groups creating and/or presenting works of art in the disciplines of dance, film, music, multidisciplinary arts, theatre, visual arts, or writing. Grants support project costs related to creation, production, administration, travel, professional development, etc.

Eligibility:

Definition of a professional artist:
A person shall be considered to be a professional artist if that person satisfies 4 of the following criteria, including at least one of the criteria referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c):

  1. the person receives or has received compensation which can be included in professional or
    business income;
  2. the person has a record of income or loss relevant to the history of his or her work and appropriate to the span of his or her artistic career;
  3. the person has received public or peer recognition by publicly disseminated critical reviews or appraisals or by similar means;
  4. the person has presented his or her work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, screenings, performances, readings, or by other means appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
  5. the person is represented by a dealer, publisher, agent or similar professional representative appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
  6. the person devotes a reasonable proportion of his or her professional time to promoting or marketing his or her work;
  7. the person
    (i) has received professional training in an educational institution from a practitioner recognized in his or her profession, or
    (ii) is self-taught within the established practices of the person’s cultural traditions;
  8. the person has membership in a professional association, appropriate to his or her artistic activity,
    (i) whose membership is or categories of membership are limited under standards of   the association, or
    (ii) which is a trade union or equivalent appropriate to his or her artistic activity; and
  9. the person holds copyright in his or her own work and has received royalty or residual payment based on that copyright.

Definition of a professional 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 its primary activity
  • that is composed of at least two individuals
  • that has all members meeting ArtsNL’s definition of a professional artist
  • that charges artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
  • that pays individual members artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
  • that has internal oversight of the group's finances and can produce an annual financial statement

Residency, Age, and Activity Requirements:

Professional individual artist:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident Status
  • Must be a current resident of  Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of twelve consecutive months at the time of submitting an application
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or hold post-secondary standing

Professional 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 professional arts activities within the last year
  • Must have at least half its members residing in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Must have at least half its members who are at least 18 years of age, or have post-secondary standing

There are two deadlines per year:

  • March 15 for projects starting on/after May 15

  • September 15 for projects starting on/after November 15

If an application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day. Four copies of a complete application must be received at the ArtsNL office by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline, or postmarked by the deadline date (registered mail is reccomended for tracking purposes).

Program funding and maximum grant:

$275,000 is available to be awarded in each grant session.

PPGP grant categories:

  • New Professional Artist or Group: Maximum request $4,000: An individual artist with less than three years professional arts practice post education, or a group in which at least half of the members each has less than three years professional arts practice post education.
  • Established Professional Artist or Group: Maximum request $10,000: An individual with more than three years professional arts practice post education, or a group in which at least half of the members each has more than three years professional arts practice post education.

    Successful applicants will be awarded a minimum of 75% of the funding requested.
    Applicants can be awarded ONE grant through the PPGP in a 12 month period.

Professional arts practice includes activities in which an artist works on a creative artistic project, and makes income from that activity, and/or the presentation of the results of that activity in the artistic discipline in which funds are being requested in an application.

Post education typically falls into two categories. 

  • For individuals who undertake formal arts studies, it refers to when he/she has completed studies and/or is no longer a full time student in an arts training program.
  • For individuals who are self-taught, or work in an art practice that does not include formal training, it would refer to secondary school, or after the individual reaches the age of 18.

Program Guidelines:

  • Applications must be submitted using the official PPGP application form. Ensure you have the latest version.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for funding.
  • Applicants are encouraged to book a meeting with program staff to discuss their application well before the application deadline.
  • Applications must be typed or hand printed.
  • Only one application per artist or group 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.
  • Applicants must submit four copies of a complete application on/before the application deadline consisting of: a completed PPGP application form, a detailed project description, group history (groups only), a budget, and resumes/bios that confirm a professional arts practice, and with dates listed to confirm the length of that practice and listing the province of residency for each individual artist and/or each member of the group involved in the project.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include support materials with their application. These should relate to the project for which you are seeking funding. Four copies of each item must be submitted by the application deadline. ArtsNL will not copy support materials.
  • Groups must submit one copy of a financial statement for their last completed fiscal year listing revenue, expenses, surplus/deficit for the last year, and accumulated surplus/deficit.
  • 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.
  • Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of a new application by email or phone within two weeks of the application deadline.
  • Only individual professional artists can apply for living expenses.
  • ArtsNL funding will only support travel based on the most economical route possible (i.e. 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 discipline-specific peer assessment committees typically consisting of three artists including one current member of Council. 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 an artist or group seeks new funding from ArtsNL, the final report requirements listed above apply. A final report form is available from the ArtsNL office or website.

Forward Questions and/or Completed Applications To:

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

Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 204
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
Fax: (709) 726-0619
krice@nlac.ca