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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Are you a mid-career or established arts administrator looking for assistance with professional development? Consider applying for the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management.

These awards are given to talented arts administrators in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring opportunities. 

  • Value: Two (2) prizes of $10,000
  • How to qualify: Apply to the Canada Council for the Arts by email.
  • Deadline: March 1st2021
  • For further information, please refer to the guidelines.

Please note: talent managers, booking agents or those who represent artists as managers are not eligible (this does not include gallery representation).

Deadline: 03/01/2021

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest standing, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world. To date, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to some 1900 students and artists in 40 countries. Its grantees are renowned artists, both nationally and internationally, as well as highly respected art professors, teachers and mentors.

The Foundation is extremely proud of its grantees and of their accomplishments. A selection of the works of some of the Foundation’s previous grantees can be found in the Gallery. First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each. Subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each. Grants are made directly to the beneficiaries, not to or through other organizations. Grantees may not receive more than three grants in their lifetime.

Grants are awarded based solely on the information contained in the Application Form and the supporting documentation and material submitted with it. The Foundation does not conduct personal interviews. The decision of the Foundation is final and is not subject to review or appeal.

The Foundation will only fund young artists who are pursuing their studies or are in the early or developmental stage of their career, are working in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking, and demonstrate the determination and talent to pursue a lifetime career in their art practice. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.

Deadline: ongoing


The Awesome Foundation Grants

Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn’t be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don’t want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given up front in cash, check, or gold doubloons.

Deadline: ongoing


AFC Emergency Funding

The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. 

This assistance is based on immediate financial need. Their goal is to help the largest possible number of applicants with their most critical needs.

Right now, they are focusing on making sure that people stay stable and basic needs are met for the next 2-3 weeks.

The AFC does not provide compensation for lost earnings.

To receive financial assistance, you need to:

  • Be professionally eligible;
  • Demonstrate immediate financial need;
  • Pursue all other avenues of support;
  • Provide the required documentation.

Am I professionally eligible?

You are professionally eligible if you:

  • Are working age and have earned the majority of your income from entertainment industry work in 2019


  • Are over 65 and have earned the majority of your income from the industry over your working life

If you do not meet these guidelines exactly, they still encourage you to apply. They are aiming to help as many people as possible during this crisis. 

Do I meet the guidelines for immediate financial need?

  • Do you have enough money in the bank to meet your basic needs for the next 4-8 weeks?If no, The AFC may be able to help.
  • If you have enough money in the bank for two months of living expenses, we ask you not to apply at this time. Your request will be deferred to avoid overloading our system.
  • Are you unable to meet your basic needs because other resources like EI, government benefits, and pensions are not available or insufficient? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.
  • Do you currently have a specific need (like medical costs or a dental emergency) that would leave you unable to meet your basic needs for the next month? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.

What are basic needs?

Basic needs include rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, phone bill, car payments, car and home insurance, or medical expenses.

How much money can I get?

  • The dollar amount will depend on your immediate basic needs and your monthly expenses.
  • It is common for people to receive only part of their request.
  • Smaller requests (under $1,500) will be processed faster; however, if you need more, we encourage you to ask for what you need. 

Can I apply more than once? 

  • You will be advised when your application is reviewed.
  • If you reapply, they will ask you to report on all measures you have taken to access other resources and to defer or reduce payments since your last application. 


Boynes Emerging Artist Award

The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an independent, international online art competition with a prize pool worth over $90,000 USD and completely artist-run.

We accept all 2D mediums from drawings to paintings to photography, etc. There is no set theme for our competition, we simply require you to submit the best in your portfolio. Our goal is to give artists a platform for their work, and exposure for emerging artists worldwide.

Deadline: January 18, 2021

Deadline: 01/18/2021

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Barbara Deming Memorial Fund


Small support grants ($500 – $1500) to individual feminist women in the arts who are citizens with primary residence in the US and Canada.


Applications from women artists and writers (cis and transgender) who:

  • Exhibit high quality and originality in their work.
  • Use feminism as their central interpretive lens.
  • Value both personal and political changes that stand against the limitations and controls exerted against women while aiming at optimum freedom and agency for women.  
  • Validate differences that overlap with gender such as race, ethnicity, and class.
  • Express an inclusive vision of social justice while focusing on justice for women. 


Funding projects which you have begun or are well underway, and for which you have substantial work to show. Please take time to carefully read the guidelines and application form on Submittable.


Film, video, theatre, dance, music, or performance projects. Scripts and musical compositions are also not eligible. We do not award work which is or will be self-published. We do not give loans or provide money for educational assistance, work on dissertations, or research (except research to be used in writing a book). We do not provide funds for the cost of editing services, business projects, or emergency money for people in need. We rarely give money to groups.

Former grantees must wait three years before reapplying.

The application cycle begins January 1 and ends January 31 annually.

Deadline: 01/31/2021

Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant

Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants (up to $50,000, $20,000, $10,000) to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline.

We welcome and encourage students enrolled in or attending, either full-time or part-time, any institution of higher learning are not eligible. Work completed as a student is not eligible. Teachers are eligible if their program plan is for their development as artists rather than as teachers. The grant is not for the support of continued academic training.

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Deadline: 02/01/2021

REACH Mentorship/Residency

Our community is the Ukrainian-Canadian Diaspora, a community that is 1.5 million strong, making us Canada’s eleventh largest ethnic group and the world’s third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself and Russia.

We have seen many Ukrainian-Canadians succeed and influence culture globally and we want to nurture the talent, vision and drive of the next generation of our culture-makers and artists in earlier stages of development.


  • projects of artists from the Ukrainian-Canadian community or artists whose work has a connection to Ukrainian heritage (i.e., you don’t have to be Ukrainian)
  • projects that promote the inclusion of Ukrainian-Canadian cultural heritage and help shape the image of who we are as Canadians at home and outside our borders
  • projects that have an aim/plan for presentation outside of the Ukrainian-Canadian community, nationally or internationally
  • artists who reach out to established/renowned artists, arts organizations and institutions for mentorship (i.e., those who seek ongoing support from mentors and expand networks with fellow artists)
  • projects with a goal of artistic growth and professional development
  • new projects (i.e., ones that haven’t been started in advance of the application process)

You can apply for up to $25,000. Our assessment will consider the full amount you’re asking for.

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Deadline: 02/01/2021

Marian Hebb Research Grant

The Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grants support inquiry and exploration relevant to Canadian publishing, writing and visual arts. Research projects will be designed to facilitate the creation of a publishable work, an innovative program, strategic initiative, study paper or report.

A clearly articulated Inquiry Question should guide the research approach and project activities. Areas of inquiry may include but are not limited to:


  • Content, ideas, themes or techniques essential to the creation of a publishable work-in-progress

Organizations and Publishers:

  •  Emerging trends, issues and challenges
  •  Digital technology: its creative, economic or cultural impact
  •  Innovative approaches to program design and delivery
  •  Strategic responses to changes in the economic and creative environment

Deadline: February 15, 2021

Deadline: 02/15/2021

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation

The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.

Please note that these grants are available only to mature individual visual artists. The Foundation defines maturity in this case as having worked for 20 years or more in a mature phase of art. 

The Gottlieb Foundation does not fund organizations, educational institutions, students, graphic artists, or those working in crafts. The disciplines of photography, film, video, or related forms are not eligible unless the work directly involves, or can be interpreted as, painting or sculpture. The Foundation does not fund exhibitions, installations, or projects of any kind.

Last year, the Foundation awarded grants of $25,000 each to 12 artists.

This program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully-committed artist, and we hope these individuals will consider applying. Twelve grants are awarded each year. Applications are reviewed by a panel of five professionals in the arts who have no affiliation with the Foundation. In this program, the following criteria must be met:


Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have been working in a mature phase of their art for at least 20 years. Maturity is based on the level of intellectual, technical, and creative development maintained over this time period. Artists must show that their primary involvement has been with their artistic goals, regardless of other personal or financial responsibilities. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking.

Financial Need

In addition to the maturity requirement, eligibility for an Individual Support grant is determined by the applicant’s current financial need. Each applicant must complete the financial disclosure section in full and must submit the appropriate financial documentation.

Please note that applicants who have previously received an Individual Support Grant from this Foundation three times or more are no longer eligible to apply.

Deadline: February 26, 2021

Deadline: 02/26/2021

John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Are you a mid-career or established arts administrator looking for assistance with professional development? Consider applying for the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management.

These awards are given to talented arts administrators in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring opportunities. 

  • Value: Two (2) prizes of $10,000
  • How to qualify: Apply to the Canada Council for the Arts by email.
  • Deadline: March 1st2021
  • For further information, please refer to the guidelines.

Please note: talent managers, booking agents or those who represent artists as managers are not eligible (this does not include gallery representation).

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 03/01/2021

Dance Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific dance project.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 03/01/2021

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