Arts Infrastructure Grants

4 grants are presented to individuals, businesses or organizations dedicated to developing the arts in the following areas:

  • Community Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Value: $3,000 each

Arts Infrastructure Grants are awarded to individuals, businesses or organizations dedicated to building and/or maintaining arts infrastructure in Windsor and Essex County. Arts infrastructure projects encourage the development of local art by providing a strong framework of financial, material and/or organizational support to artists and arts organizations.

The funding provided by these grants may be used to:

  • Sustain ongoing arts infrastructure projects;
  • Develop a new arts infrastructure project;
  • Support audience development for local arts;
  • Promote new forms of art;
  • Promote art in non-traditional venues; and/or
  • Encourage innovation and creative expression among the general public.

Individuals, businesses and organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION COMING HERE JANUARY 2020

Arts Infrastructure Categories

Windsor Endowment for the Arts awards one Arts Infrastructure Grant for each of the four following categories:

1. Community Arts

This grant is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the general development of community arts in Windsor and Essex County, especially through the following activities:

  • Increasing community participation in the arts;
  • Broadening local access to the arts;
  • Using the arts as a means to promote social awareness; and/or
  • Developing public projects that enhance the general quality of life of those in the community, or in specific under serviced, disadvantaged, at-risk or specialized groups within the community.

Specific examples of community arts infrastructure projects might include youth arts education classes, an urban arts improvement initiative, or the restoration of a public landmark. Another example might include a program that facilitates public access to privately funded works of art.

Funds provided: $3,000.

2. Literary Arts

This grant is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the literary arts in Windsor and Essex County. Its focus is to promote the local development of any or all of the following disciplines: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, and book publishing.

Specific examples of literary arts infrastructure projects might include the organization of creative writing workshops for veterans, a series of local poetry readings, public seminars designed to help emerging local authors find publication, and so forth.

Funds provided: $3,000.

3. Performing Arts

This grant is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the performing arts in Windsor and Essex County. Its focus is to promote local music, dance, and theatre, or any combination thereof.

Specific examples of performing arts infrastructure projects might include the organization of public recitals or plays. Another example might include the maintenance or development of a local performance arts venue.

Funds provided: $3,000.

4. Visual Arts

This grant is awarded to those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the visual arts in Windsor and Essex County. Its focus is to promote local fine art, fine craft, design art, and media art (including cinema), or any combination thereof.

Specific examples of visual arts infrastructure projects might include the development of public gallery spaces, the screening of local independent film, or the hosting of craft shows. Another example might include the organization of a program that showcases the works of local designers.

Funds provided: $3,000.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • The applicant must be a) an individual who has lived and/or worked in Windsor and Essex County for a sustained period of time, b) a business located in Windsor and Essex County, or c) an organization located in Windsor and Essex County.
  • The applicant must develop and/or promote projects that improve the arts infrastructure of Windsor and Essex County, or sustain the region’s existing arts infrastructure.
  • The applicant must show dedication to the professional and creative development of arts infrastructure in the region.
  • If an organization is applying for a grant, it must be either
  • A charitable organization or foundation registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency, or
  • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation.

Grants Selection Process

All grants are awarded by a jury. The decisions of this jury are final.

Jury Members

All jurors are individuals recognized for the knowledge, skill, and expertise they bring to their fields. The Board of Directors of Windsor Endowment for the Arts is responsible for their selection. The identity of the jurors will be made public at the Awards and Grants Ceremony.

Conflicts Of Interest

Members of the jury are expected to be objective and impartial. This includes avoiding the following conflicts of interest:

  • The juror has a financial interest in the success or failure of the organization or project;
  • The juror has an interest based on the fact that an applicant is a spouse, partner or a member of his/her immediate family;
  • The juror has a personal interest in specific nominations other than those normally expected of an interested member of the arts community;
  • Impediments exist that impede the juror’s ability to evaluate the nomination objectively.

Confidentiality

Personal information submitted by the applicants and discussions pertaining to the applicants’ submissions are held in strict confidentiality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please view the frequently asked questions on the PDF by the link below

LINK TO F.A.Q. PDF ( COMING SOON )

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