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Gwaandak Theatre Artist Residency

Gwaandak Theatre is seeking 5 artists to work with them over the course of 15 months to get their artistic project to the “next stage”– whatever that might mean!

Selected artists will receive direct mentorship from Gwaandak staff to learn how to vision, plan, fund, and implement a small to medium scale project of their choosing whether that’s a group performance, solo show, writing initiative, or digital project. This is a self directed residency with guidance from Gwaandak. All support will be verbal, written, discussion, and strategy based and will include access to the office, wifi, and planning templates from Gwaandak Theatre.There will be opportunities to showcase your work at Awaken Festival or Indigenous Summer Play Readings.

The applicants will be selected based on the feasibility of their project within the funds available and the timeline, with a preference given to Indigenous applicants. 

This residency supports our mandate of uplifting Indigenous and Northern voices by creating opportunities for individuals to self determine their path, and maintain artistic sovereignty over their work. Each individual will learn the way Gwaandak approaches each mid size project and will be able to repeat that process moving forward. Our goal is to support more individual artists creating work and developing their own skills, generating more capacity for the community and more self directing producing artists to work with Gwaandak moving forward.

Residency begins late October 2022. Deadline to apply is October 8 at midnight.

Compensation:

Participants will receive an in-kind donation for their project of 60 hours of support from Gwaandak Theatre that includes visioning, fund development, administration, and production. Grants submitted by participants will include subsistence fees and other appropriate artist payments. If funding obtained is less than expected, Gwaandak will work with participants to adjust work plans to prevent overworking.

Participants who present at Awaken Festival 2023 will be paid a flat artist fee of $1,000.

Timeline:

Fall/Winter 2022/23 – Submit grants, participate in production and administration training

Spring 2023 – Submit additional grants, participate at artist trainings at Awaken Festival, development

Summer 2023 – Participate in Indigenous Summer Play Readings (if appropriate), continued development

Fall 2023 – Continued development, create production plan or relevant plan for next steps

Winter 2023/24 – Develop and create

Spring 2024 – present showcase at Awaken Festival

Deadline: 08-10-2022

Call for submissions: Emerging Screenwriter’s Grant

Whether you are finally putting that winning idea to paper, or digging out an old draft you never quite finished, we’re here to encourage you to take that next step! All submissions will receive written notes from the jury, but only winning scripts will receive an in-person feedback session. The winning short script (under 50 pages) will receive $250, and the winning feature-length script (50 page minimum.) will receive $500.

Submissions for this year’s Next Draft: Emerging Screenwriter’s Grant are open from August 1st, 2022 to December 1st, 2022.

You are able to submit as many scripts as you like, but please ensure the scripts follow the eligibility guidelines. If you submitted last year and didn’t win, we welcome you to submit an updated draft of your script. For the purposes of this grant, Emerging Screenwriters are defined as individuals who have not previously had a screenplay produced by a third party or production company.

HOW IT WORKS

Please fill out the contact form on this page and attach your script(s). We advise that you include a synopsis (max 700 characters) and indicated a short section of the script that you feel best represents the film (max 20-pages). This is due to time constraints; jurors are not required to read every submission in full. Once you submit, our programming manager will contact you with an invoice for your submission(s). The cost to submit is $10 per script for FAVA Members, $20 per script for non-members. Submissions that are not paid for will not be evaluated by the jury; the deadline to pay for your script is one week after the submission deadline.

PRIZES

  • Selected Feature Film Script (50 page minimum.): $500
  • Selected Short Film Script (under 50 pages): $250
  • A one-on-one feedback session

All submissions will receive written notes from the jury, but only winning scripts will receive an in-person feedback session.

Scripts must follow industry-standard formatting, include a title page and be submitted as a PDF. If you are not certain what industry-standard format looks like, please review THIS PAGE.

ELIGIBILITY

For the purposes of this grant, Emerging Screenwriters are defined as individuals who have not previously had a screenplay produced by a third party or production company. All submissions will receive written notes from the jury, but only winning scripts will receive an in-person feedback session. Screenwriters who have self-produced their work in the past are welcome to apply. Screenwriters can submit a short and a feature script, but will only be eligible to win in one category (if both are worthy, preference will be given to the feature). If you submitted in previous years and didn’t win, we welcome you to submit an updated draft of your script; previous Next Draft winning scripts are not eligible. Only those residing in Alberta are eligible.

If submitting multiple scripts, please fill out the submission form separately for each script.

Deadline: 01-12-2022

Explore and Create

Expanding Canadian Arts Practice

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art.

This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public.

Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.

Program Components:
Professional Development for Artists Up to $10,000
Research and Creation Up to $25,000
Concept to Realization Up to $60,000 a year
Deadlines vary for each program

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The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.


First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply for funding for artistic and cultural activities.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply to Creating, Knowing and Sharing (or to the other 5 Canada Council programs) for funding for artistic and cultural activities. Canada Council stands by Indigenous artists through a variety of programs and initiatives, such as {Re}conciliation. This program functions using a self-determined, Indigenous-centred approach. This means that it will be guided by Indigenous values and worldviews, administered by staff of First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage, and assessed by First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.

Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, that are led by Indigenous artists/organizations are encouraged and facilitated in Creating, Knowing and Sharing.

Program Components:


Travel Up to $30,000
Small-scale activities Up to $3,000
Short-Term projects Up to $100,000
Long-Term projects Up to $300,000
Deadlines vary for each program.

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Run for a Reason

Fort McMurray Marathon is excited to announce Run for a Reason – a new charity fundraising program!

Early Bird registration is open for Run for a Reason until May 31 – the new fundraising program for the Fort McMurray Marathon happening on September 25!

HOW IT WORKS – RUNNERS

When you register to run, you will have two ways to participate:

  1. Make a one time donation to a participating partner organization of your choice!
  2. Choose a participating partner organization & collect pledges:
    • Browse the list of Fundraising Partners, and choose an organization that you would like to support
    • As you train for race day, collect pledges & donations in support of your chosen organization!
    • Share your progress via your personal pledge page

HOW IT WORKS – DONORS

Not a runner, but still want to participate? Community members can contribute by donating to Run for a Reason! Donations can be made in two ways:

  • Donate to an individual runner’s pledge page
  • Donate to to a participating partner organization of your choice

This year we run for more than just medals – this year we Run for a Reason and Arts Council Wood Buffalo can be yours.

Deadline: 25-09-2022

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RMWB: Games Legacy Grant

As a result of hosting the 1985 Alberta Summer Games, 1992 Alberta Winter Games, 2003 Alberta Senior Games and 2004 Arctic Winter Games, a Games Legacy grant was created with surplus monies from these events.

To support athletes, performers, artists, teams, coaches or instructors in Wood Buffalo to:

  • develop their skills through training, programs or activities in amateur sport, arts and/or culture
  • participate in provincial, national or international level competitions, including the North American Indigenous Games
  • to promote and develop future local talent within the community
  • support residents to achieve their maximum potential

During the Call for Applications, Community Investment Program (CIP) staff are available to answer any questions.

A pre-application meeting is encouraged for new applicants or any applicant looking for more information. During a pre-application meeting, CIP staff will review eligibility, how the grant process works, accessing and completing applications in the Online Grant Portal, and other key information.

To schedule a pre-application meeting, you may send a request to Pulse. In your request, please provide:

  • applicant name
  • grant stream(s) you are interested in applying to
  • a brief description of what you plan to apply for
  • your availability for a virtual meeting

Funding Amounts

  • Athletes, performers, artists, coaches or instructors may be granted a maximum of $1,500
  • Teams, nonprofit organizations, or groups may be granted a maximum of $3,000

September 7, 2022: Call for Applications Closes – deadline to submit your application is 4:30 p.m. MST.

Deadline: 07-09-2022

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Indigenous Arts Individual Project Funding


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

APPLICATION DEADLINE(S) September 1, 2022

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

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

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.

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.

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic and cultural activities:

  • artistic and cultural production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Artistic and cultural production includes the development, creation, and production of a work.

  • projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work
  • Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period that promotes, advertises or disseminates work created by Alberta’s Indigenous artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist’s work.

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of an artistic or cultural project. This may include the gathering of natural materials.

Training and career development in Indigenous arts can include:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional development
  • courses of study in art forms, including working with mentors or Elders

Grant recommendations are made to the AFA board of directors. Successful recipients will be notified upon board approval, generally between four to six months from the application deadline.

We gather general comments about the applications and share them on the Adjudication page. The expert panel does not record specific comments about individual applications.

Deadline: 01-09-2022

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Film and Video 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 film and video arts project.

APPLICATION DEADLINE(S)

September 1, 2022, March 1, 2023

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

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

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.

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.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible film and video arts projects are independent works in film and video produced by individual artists.

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Eligible genres

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible film genres include, but are not limited to:

  • narrative shorts and features
  • experimental shorts
  • documentary
  • animation

For a project to be eligible for AFA funding, the applicant must have complete editorial and creative control over the proposed project and must retain at least 75% of copyright.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

  • art production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Art production includes the development, creation and production of a work in film and video arts. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work, such as:

  • script or screenplay writing
  • pre-production
  • production
  • post-production
  • commission to create new work (excludes ongoing activities)

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time to disseminate a completed film and video arts work and/or to develop audiences for the artist’s work.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • film festival submissions
  • online distribution and promotion initiatives
  • attendance at screenings, exhibitions, presentations or conferences featuring the artist’s work
  • award presentations by invitation

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of new work in film and video arts.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • experimentation
  • exploration
  • research (including research for documentaries) related to production

Training and career development includes enrollment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist’s training in film and video arts.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional development
  • professional courses of study in film and video arts

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • contracted artist and/or technician fees
  • commission fees
  • production
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • tuition or training fees
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, child care, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

Ineligible expenses

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

  • expenses for capital purchases, such as buildings or property, or for capital development, and studio construction or renovations
  • recreational training projects
  • artistic activities or projects undertaken in order to fulfill credit or thesis requirements
  • projects that are primarily commercial in nature
  • expenses already inccurred prior to application submission, including grant writer fees

Deadline: 01-09-2022

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Literary Individual Project Funding

This opportunity 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 literary arts project.

APPLICATION DEADLINE(S)September 1, 2022, March 1, 2023

To be eligible for project funding:

  • the applicant must own the copyright of a proposed work
  • a proposed publication must be available and accessible to the general public

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Eligible literary genres

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible projects include the below list of genres. Literary arts translation and anthology projects in any of the below genres are also eligible:

  • novels
  • short fiction
  • poetry
  • graphic novels
  • plays
  • young adult fiction
  • picture books
  • literary non-fiction*

*The AFA defines literary non-fiction as a genre that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work that is factually true and artistically elegant, and is written in a personal, identifiable voice. It can include:

  • biography
  • cultural, political or social commentary
  • history
  • literary journalism
  • memoir
  • personal essays
  • travel writing

Grant recommendations are made to the AFA board of directors. Successful recipients will be notified upon board approval, generally between four to six months from the application deadline.

Deadline: 01-09-2022

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Theatre 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 theatre and/or performance art project. APPLICATION DEADLINE(S)September 1, 2022, March 1, 2023.

Who can apply

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

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

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.

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.

What does this grant support

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

  • art production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Art production includes the development, creation, and production of any theatre/performance art work. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work.

  • Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that promotes or advertises work created by Alberta theatre/performance artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist’s work,

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of a theatre/performance art project.

Training and career development includes enrolment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist’s training in theatre, including related performing arts disciplines, and/or performing arts administration.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional course of study in theatre/performance art

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • contracted artist and technician fees
  • commission fees
  • production
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • tuition or training fees
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transport, food, childcare, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

For more information and to apply visit the website.

Deadline: 01-09-2022

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Individual Initiatives – Canada Music Fund

The Individual Initiatives component provides financial assistance to undertake activities that are central to the development of Canadian artists, the promotion of their music and the expansion of their audience. Examples of supported activities under this component include the production and marketing of Canadian sound recordings, domestic and international touring (including showcases) of Canadian artists, artist management, publishing of Canadian musical works and business development. Applicants have access to annual funding either through a comprehensive envelope funding or project-by-project support.

Who can apply

Eligible recipients include:

  • Canadian artists / artists-entrepreneurs; and
  • Canadian music industry professionals, including for-profit Canadian owned and controlled firms (such as record labels, music publishers and those involved in artist management) and not-for-profit organizations whose principal business or purpose is central to the career development of Canadian music artists.

How to apply

The Individual Initiatives component is administered by the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) for the English-language sector of the music industry, and the Fondation Musicaction (Musicaction) for the French-language sector.

Deadline: 01-09-2022

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Apply: Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund

The first of its kind and founded by Hot Docs and the Slaight Family Foundation, this fund is dedicated to filmmakers telling engaging, high-quality stories that embrace music artists in all its forms and that demonstrate Canadian music’s role in the world. The Fund also welcomes international music stories told through the lens of Canadian filmmakers.

Applications are open. The deadline to apply is July 27, 2022.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a corporation unaffiliated with any licensed network or programming undertaking.
  • Be the primary rights holder of the project.
  • Be in good standing with Hot Docs by application date.
  • Have previously produced one of the following: a documentary or fiction film commercially released; a documentary or fiction film and/or series broadcast on television. The Funds will occasionally consider an applicant that does not meet this specific requirement, provided a senior producer is meaningfully attached to the project as confirmed in writing.

Projects must:

  • Be considered one of the following:
    • International production companies making films about Canadian musical artists (max. 1 per year*)
    • Canadian productions, co-pros or treaty productions making films about Canadian musical artists
    • Canadian productions, co-pros or treaty productions making films about International musical artists (max. 1 per year*)
  • Be majority owned by the applicant.
  • Be a one-off (i.e. series are not eligible)
  • Be of high quality and suitable for theatrical release, broadcast or online release to audiences.

Only a maximum of 1 project that fits within these two descriptions will be considered per granting cycle.

All projects must NOT be:

  • Proposals that are school, institute or university course work; or are TV series, web series or fiction pieces.

Eligibility for Re-Application

Submitted projects that do not receive funding may submit a maximum of one additional time only if the producers can demonstrate the project has undergone substantive progress since the initial application. Requests for resubmission must be received in writing to [email protected].

The Selection Committee may invite a project to be resubmitted. This decision is made solely by the Selection Committee. These candidates will be notified directly.


Application Requirements

The online application must be submitted in English on or before the deadline. There is no application fee. All materials received by Hot Docs are confidential.

Read the eligibility rules, guidelines and FAQ section before proceeding to the online application form.

Application Questions & Required Supporting Documents
To learn more about the application questions and required supporting documents, please review our Required Information. This information is for reference only; all applicants must complete an online application.


Selection Process

Applicants will be informed of the Selection Committee’s decision approximately four months after the submission deadline.

Successful applicants will be determined by peer-review selection committees. Applications deemed complete and eligible will be submitted to a Selection Committee made up of representatives from Hot Docs, a representative of the Slaight Family Foundation, and members of the filmmaking community including representatives with experience making music documentaries.

Decision Criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on feasibility, production ability, creative merit, audience, and fit with mandate. For more information, please review the detailed breakdown.

Deadline: 27-07-2022

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