Arts grants applications now open to Island artists 

Prince Edward Island professional artists are invited to apply for funding during the fall 2019 round of arts grants to support their growth and creativity

Applications for funding can be submitted online at Arts Grants program for three types of grants: creation, dissemination, and professional development. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 18 at 4 p.m. 

In the spring round of arts grants, Sandstone Comics was awarded $5,500 to support the production of the second edition of their book.

“I think we really have to thank the arts grants and Innovation PEI for their support, it means we will have to rely a  bit less on the crowd funding for our second edition,” said Greg Webster, one of the creators of Sandstone Comics. “This support lets us think a little less about fundraising and cultivating investors and focus on the things we love – writing and drawing and producing comics like the ones that we have always enjoyed.”

Successful applicants are selected by a six-member jury of their arts community peers, which is modeled on the practice followed by the Canada Council of the Arts. There is $50,000 available in this round of funding, with another round of $50,000 in the spring.

“These arts grants are helping artists’ work come to life, and in return, directly contributing to our Island cultural sector. We are committed to continue providing arts grants twice a year to support our Island artists - it’s incredibly rewarding and remarkable to see the projects created by the artists benefitting from the funding.”

- Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay

Since the fall of 2016, the Province has supported 86 projects by Island artists with grants totaling $350,000.

Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture

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