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Creative Spark Columbia Basin Grant

Grants to British Columbia Artists for
Youth Arts Education Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ArtStarts in Schools

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


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Grants of up to $1,000 to British Columbia professional artists for youth-focused arts projects in the Columbia Basin region. Funding is intended to support emerging and professional artists who are interested in working with young people through the arts. Funding can cover artists' fees, project materials, and rentals.

This program is intended for individuals who are:
- An emerging artist interested in exploring career opportunities
- A professional artist interested in working with young people and need support to start
- Have a project idea but don’t have the funds to cover the required materials and supplies
- Are interested in applying for an Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grant in the future and need to build some experience first.

Projects should fulfills one or more of these goals:
- Build capacity and confidence as an artist working with young people and using arts-based learning
- Provide young people with opportunities to engage actively in the arts, and promote an appreciation of the arts
- Foster connections between young people, artists, arts organizations, and schools.

Eligible Expenses
- Artist Fees
- Criminal Record Check Fee
- Materials and supplies
- Venue rentals
- Tool rentals
- Honoraria for other contributors up to $50 per person, not to exceed $100 total for the project

For a detailed list of eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180353

Estimated Size of Grant:

For projects up to $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by mid-September 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists across all disciplines living and working in the Columbia Basin region who have an interest in working with young people in an arts-based capacity are invited to apply for Creative Spark Columbia Basin grants. Preference will be given to new applicants and geographic diversity within the Columbia Basin region.

In order to be considered for funding, projects must meet the following criteria:
-Be led by an artist (emerging or professional; see definitions below) of any age in any artistic discipline (e.g. indigenous arts, community arts, dance, disability arts, interdisciplinary, literary, media, multidisciplinary, music, theatre, visual arts, writing) who lives in the Columbia Basin region.
-Take place in the Columbia Basin region
-Involve young people (ages 5-18)
-Focus on arts-based learning across any and all artistic disciplines
-Be planned for the future and cannot have been started prior to the application decision
-Be completed by mid-September 2019
-Not be receiving other funding from Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance or ArtStarts in Schools sources for the same project

Definition of Professional Artist (Canada Council for the Arts): A professional artist is defined as someone who has specialized training in the arts (not necessarily in academic institutions); is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting more time to his or her artistic activity, if financially possible; and has a history of public presentation.

All expenses not listed explicitly as eligible are ineligible. Examples include, but are not limited to: capital expenses (items that are not used up through the project, such as iPads or tools), classes and/or professional development.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted on a rolling intake. The final cutoff for applications for the current funding cycle is August 15, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to maximize the funding opportunity.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within one month of their submission.

Creative Spark grants offer 100% coverage.

Applicants must meet the Criminal Record requirement before funds are issued and the project can start. This process can take 2-6 weeks.

More information about the Columbia Basin region may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Emily Beam, Director of Programs
604-336-0626 ext 110
Toll free: 1-855-292-7826

Art Starts
808 Richards Street Vancouver, BC
V6B 3A7, Canada

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia