Arts Grants Call for Applications for Gender-Based Violence Prevention Projects

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Please note: Applications are currently closed as of April 23, 2024, at 4 p.m. 

Many people experience violence every day because of their sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or perceived gender. This is referred to as gender-based violence (GBV), and it is one of the most pervasive, deadly, and deeply rooted human rights violations of our time. This specific call for applications coincides with Prince Edward Island’s bilateral funding agreement with Women and Gender Equality Canada towards the implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender Based Violence (NAP).

The purpose of this call for applications, established in partnership with the Interministerial Women's Secretariat, is to provide financial support for the creation and dissemination of artistic projects that raise public awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) and its impacts as well as promote prevention of GBV.

Artistic projects are accepted in the following fields of practice:

  • crafts,
  • dance,
  • interdisciplinary arts,
  • film and media arts,
  • music and sound,
  • theatre,
  • visual arts,
  • deaf and disability arts,
  • circus arts, as well as
  • writing and publishing.

This granting program is also intended to support opportunities to publicly present artistic works in order to increase access, understanding, and prevention of GBV through art, and to support the research and creation of works as well as the dissemination of completed works of art.

Want to learn more? Watch our virtual information session that took place on April 9, 2024. View the recording here. 

What are the eligibility requirements?

This grant is available to individuals or small groups/bands at the established and emerging professional artist levels.

New project submissions from an applicant in default on any reporting, project completion or financial obligation to Innovation PEI will not be reviewed until a resolution to the default is reached.

Prince Edward Island-based Indigenous artists, groups (including ad-hoc groups) are eligible to apply. It is important to be recognized as an artist in the Indigenous community as the Peer Assessment Committee evaluating the projects will consider community connections. Contact the Program Officer if you have questions.

  • Individuals - the applicant is one person
  • Ad hoc groups are applicants who are two or more individuals who are working collaboratively and are not registered in any manner. “Ad hoc group” refers to a group of artists formed for the specific purpose of creating a unique work”
  • Organized/formalized groups of artists (i.e. bands, collectives)

Eligible projects can include the following:

  • tours,
  • presentations,
  • exhibitions,
  • performances,
  • screenings,
  • web presentations of original artworks,
  • limited reproductions,
  • publishing, and
  • translation.

Eligible costs include:

  • living expenses (up to $800 per month) and direct project costs, such as:
    • materials and supplies,
    • pre-production research,
    • documentation costs, and
  • facility and equipment rental.
  • travel expenses,
  • shipping/freight,
  • limited reproductions,
  • artist fees,
  • framing,
  • professional fees, and
  • installation costs.

What is not eligible?

The following projects are not eligible for funding as part of this program:

  • purely commercial self-promotion ventures,
  • festivals, and
  • contests.

Capital costs are not eligible.

Amateur artists, students, and not-for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.

How much funding is available?

Total funding available for all projects is $100,000. Of the total, $25,000 will be prioritized for Indigenous artists and/or works that focus on violence prevention in Indigenous communities, and/or Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People (MMIWG2S).

Total maximum grant amounts:

  • Established Professional Artists: $10,000
  • Emerging Professional Artists: $7,000

What are the residency requirements?

To apply for this granting program, you must have a PEI address as your primary residence for a minimum of twelve consecutive months. Artists on extended travel for their work are still considered PEI residents, but those who move their primary residence to another province or country within the twelve consecutive months previous to the application deadline are not eligible. Groups or bands must have a majority of members be residents of PEI.

Do I need to have professional status as an artist?

There are several ways to establish professional status as an artist. As a professional artist you should meet three or more of the following criteria in relation to your arts practice:

  • Have received compensation that is considered part of your personal or business income;
  • Have presented your work to the public by recordings, exhibitions, publications, screenings, performance, readings or other means of dissemination;
  • Devote a reasonable amount of time creating or disseminating your work;
  • Have received reviews, or appraisals by public and/or peer assessment/recognition;
  • Have a membership in a professional or industry association or guild recognized by your discipline;
  • Have undertaken formal education or training from educational institution(s), or have undertaken self-directed training through a commitment to informal training opportunities that demonstrate commitment to skill development.

What's the difference between an emerging and established artist?

Artist categories are based on the stage of an artist's career, not chronological age. Your artist CV should be able to support your identification as emerging or established.

An emerging artist is a professional artist who identifies with the following characteristics:

  • You are at the early stage of your career;
  • You view art as your vocation;
  • You have specialized artistic training (formal or informal) and
  • You have created a modest body of work that includes demonstrated efforts to have had public presentation.

You are considered an established artist if you identify as a professional artist with the following characteristics:

  • You are recognized in your artistic discipline by your peers;
  • You have specialized training;
  • You have a significant history of public presentation and regional and/or national representation; and
  • You have created an extensive body of work.

Artists 16+ are eligible to apply however, a parent or guardian must sign the application on your behalf.

What is the deadline to apply for a grant?

Please note: Applications are currently closed as of April 23, 2024, at 4 p.m. 

What do I need to complete my online application?

You must include an artist cv or resume, a project description, including the start and end date of the project, the amount requested, as well as any other relevant information.

Your application must include the following:

  • A project description and details of how the project will be executed (upload a document with a maximum of 750 words or a video link). Your project description should include:
    • The artistic vision of the project
    • What you will produce
    • The target audience you wish to reach through this project. This could include the general population of PEI, people experiencing or at risk of GBV and their families, perpetrators and/or potential perpetrators of GBV, men and boys (for example to challenge and change norms, promote positive role models to take action against GBV).
    • A dissemination plan to present, share and promote the final project to the general public and target audiences.
    • The impact this will have on your career development/arts practice and on GBV prevention.
    • The project plan (how the project will be executed, what is the timeline) · A budget, including detailed income and expenses. Full disclosure of federal and provincial government assistance is required.
  • A budget, including detailed income and expenses. Full disclosure of federal and provincial government assistance is required.

What supporting material do I need to provide?

Your submission must also include the following:

  • Appropriate support material demonstrating recent artistic achievements and must be relevant to the proposed project;
  • Examples of support material
    • audio samples: 3 selections (maximum 15 minutes);
    • written material: maximum 15 pages
    • photos/digital images: maximum 10
    • reviews or articles: maximum 3
  • Further, where it is appropriate, please include:
    • written offer for exhibition, performance
    • tour date confirmation
    • letters of support

Tip: Links to your website, that require a jury member to hunt for your support material can result in your work not being fully assessed if you haven’t also included samples of your work as separate files. Ensure your images are good quality and are in a format that is accessible to most users.

Each application must be completed in one session as your application cannot be saved.

How will applications be assessed?

Innovation PEI’s Cultural Development division, in collaboration with the Interministerial Women's Secretariat, will coordinate a juried peer-led process for grant distribution. Peer assessment provides the best possible means of identifying outstanding ability and artistic merit in the arts. The peer assessment committee shall consist of a Chairperson and a committee of peer adjudicators as assembled by the Cultural Development division and the Interministerial Women's Secretariat.

Innovation PEI reserves the right to deny a grant application or request for payment if it suspects or detects fraudulent intent.

When will I be notified of a decision?

All applicants will be advised of the assessment decision via e-mail within six to eight weeks of the grant deadline.

When are reporting documents are required?

Upon completion of your project, please submit the following reporting documents before March 31st, 2025:

  • A written evaluation of your project including how it is impacting GBV prevention;
  • A copy of your budget vs actual spreadsheet that includes all sources of revenues and expenses; and
  • Samples of marketing materials, i.e. press releases, copy of posters, flyers, photos from the event etc.

Successful applicants will be provided with a template for completing the final report.

Please note: Artists approved for funding must use the Innovation PEI logo on all promotional materials involving the funded project. Since this program is partly funded by the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat with financial support from the Government of Canada’s Department for Women and Gender Equality in support of the National Action Plan to End Gender Based Violence, the Government of Canada’s visual identity must also be used.

Who do I contact with questions or for additional support?

Éliane Laberge
Bilingual Cultural Development Officer
Phone: 902-916-1854
Innovation PEI
94 Euston Street, Charlottetown