Cornwall Presentation Short Oct 2008(Cca)

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Cornwall Presentation Short Oct 2008(Cca)

  1. 1. ARTpreneur Conference 2008 Applying for Arts Funding
  2. 2. What is the Canada Council for the Arts? <ul><li>The Canada Council is a national, arm’s length agency created by an act of Parliament in 1957, with the mandate to foster and promote the arts. </li></ul><ul><li>It mainly administers grant programs for professional Canadian artists and arts organizations (6,634 grants in 2006-07). </li></ul><ul><li>Its parliamentary appropriation was $172.5 million in 2006-07 (or 0.08%. of total federal spending). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Success Rates <ul><li>Prepare to be very convincing! </li></ul><ul><li>The success rates for programs range: </li></ul><ul><li>from 40%-50% for project grants for organizations </li></ul><ul><li>around 40% for travel grants for artists </li></ul><ul><li>from 10%-20% for individual research, creation and production grants (3 or 4 out of 5 eligible applications do not receive funding). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Eligibility of Professional Artists <ul><li>The eligibility is defined in the guidelines, by program. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous professional work and presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized by professional arts community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed to their practice if financially feasible. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><ul><li>An arts process that actively involves the work of professional artists with non-arts community members in creative and collaborative relationships. </li></ul></ul></ul>Artists and Community Collaboration
  6. 6. Project Grants <ul><li>Projects are one-time, time-limited activities: </li></ul><ul><li>research / creation / production </li></ul><ul><li>professional and career development </li></ul><ul><li>travel assistance related to the proposed project. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Assessment Process <ul><li>Each application is verified with regards to eligibility . </li></ul><ul><li>With some exceptions, applications are reviewed by Peer Assessment Committees . They bring together specialists in a particular field and reflect a broad range of artistic practices. </li></ul><ul><li>All Canada Council committees include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>two official languages of Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>men and women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aboriginal peoples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regional and cultural diversity </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Assessment Criteria <ul><li>The jury assesses each application on artistic and project merit, according to published criteria. </li></ul><ul><li>Merit IS NOT based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial or other needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender or age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Race or culture </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Priorities <ul><li>AFTER the Committee determines merit, the following priority areas may influence the final decisions: </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants who are Culturally Diverse or Aboriginal </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants who work in an official language minority </li></ul>
  10. 10. How to Apply <ul><li>Find out when the application deadline is. </li></ul><ul><li>Read and Understand the guidelines. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the grant proposal addresses the guidelines and assessment criteria, with a reasonable and realistic time-line and budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Confused or unsure? Email or call the Program Officer. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The 7 Habits of Successful Grant Applicants <ul><li>Have a really good reason to seek a grant </li></ul><ul><li>Use the most recent guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Write in plain, clear language </li></ul><ul><li>Select your support material carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Give yourself time to prepare (2 weeks +) </li></ul><ul><li>Read. Reread. Proof. Edit. Use the checklist. </li></ul><ul><li>Mail it on time! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Other Important Information <ul><li>Always have a Plan B </li></ul><ul><li>Unsuccessful applications should not be automatically viewed as lacking in merit </li></ul><ul><li>If unsuccessful, consider getting feedback from the program officer before applying again. </li></ul>
  13. 13. For more information: <ul><li>www.canadacouncil.ca </li></ul><ul><li>1-800-263-5588 ext. 4681 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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