Infrastructure Grants

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.

 

Application Process

Applications will be accepted between January 30th and March 9th, 2018.

 

Application Package

WEA Arts Infrastructure Grant Application Form

WEA Arts Infrastructure Grant Application Checklist

 

General Application Requirements

Please note the following:

  • All documents in the application package can be submitted to WEA on paper, and mailed to the address listed on the bottom of the Application Checklist OR dropped off in person at the Arts Council-Windsor & Region (ACWR) at 1942 Wyandotte St. East in Windsor from 1pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday; faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
  • Only application packages that are postmarked by Canada Post on or before the deadline date will be accepted; late or incomplete application packages will be disqualified.
  • The Application Form may be filled out electronically and printed, or printed and filled out in legible handwriting in black ink; all other written material (e.g. applicant's statement, statement of intent, etc.) must be computer-generated or typewritten.
  • All forms and other written material must be arranged in the same order in which they appear on the checklist, with the correct number of copies included.
  • Please provide the required number of copies of the application material, as outlined on the Application Checklist.

 

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.

 

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 underserviced, 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.

 

For more examples of successful arts infrastructure programs, please browse a list of past WEA Grant Recipients.

 

Supporting Documents

Arts Infrastructure applicants may choose to submit supporting documents that demonstrate their past achievements. To keep the supporting documents organized, applicants must draft an Image or Works List.

 

Image or Works List

This comprehensive list should catalogue all additional material submitted by the applicant, in the order of their inclusion within the application package.

Every document—including but not limited to images, samples or documentation of recent work—must be listed on the Image or Works List. Each line on the list should include an explanatory title, the source, the date of completion or publication, and the medium.

An example of an Image or Works List might look something like this:

1. “Local Youth Organization Wins Community Arts Award,” Windsor Star. June 17, 2013. News article.

2. Letter of commendation from Windsor City Hall. December 4, 2012. Correspondence.

3. Photographs of sponsored Youth Craft Fair. April 7, 2013. 3 photos. 01.craft_fair.2013.jpeg – 03.craft_fair.2013.jpeg. Flashdrive.

4. Photographs of youth mentorship. January 11, 2013. 5 photos. 01.youth_mentorship.2013.jpeg – 05.youth_mentorship.2013.jpeg. Flashdrive.

5. Video from the 2012 Youth Craft Awards ceremony. November 17, 2012. award_ceremony.2012.mov (2 minutes, 24 seconds). DVD.

Please refer to the categories below for specific restrictions and formatting requirements:

 

Still Images

No more than ten (10) images may be submitted in total. Extra images will not be presented to the jury for consideration.

All images should be digital, in .jpeg format, and submitted on a USB flash drive or CD-ROM. The applicant’s name should be clearly marked on the USB flash drive or CD-ROM.

Note the following formatting requirements:

  • The title of each digital photograph must be presented in the following format: photograph’s number within the series, title of the project, and date all digital files (e.g.: 01.landscapes. 2011.jpeg).
  • Submitted files must be a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels; they must not be larger than 5 MB each.
  • PowerPoint files will not be accepted.
  • Compressed files (e.g. .zip or .dmg) will not be accepted.

 

Time Based Material

No more than one (1) audio track or video clip may be submitted. The length of either the track or clip must not exceed three (3) minutes. All video and audio submissions must be works that were filmed or recorded by the applicant, except in the case of performing artists, who may submit a promotional or gallery-produced video.

All film clips must be digital, in Quicktime format (.mov), and submitted on a DVD, CD-ROM or USB flash drive. The applicant’s name should be clearly marked on the disk, along with the title of the clip it contains.

In addition, all sound tracks must also be digital, in .mp3 format, and submitted on CD or USB flash drive. Please indentify your CD or USB flash drive using the same method as you would for the above film clip.

Note the following additional requirements:

  • If the applicant is unable to provide an isolated three-minute clip and must submit a longer work, please provide clear directions on when to start and stop viewing or listening.
  • All DVDs should be encoded to Region 1 (Canada/USA).
  • Compressed files (e.g. .zip or .dmg) will not be accepted.

 

Additional Supporting Documents

Applicants may submit no more than ten (10) pages of relevant newspaper clippings, reviews, or related documents that support the impact of their work on the local community. Each page must be clearly printed and numbered. Extra pages will not be presented to the jury for consideration.

 

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.

Only one set of the application information and supporting documents of the winning recipients will be retained; all other application information and supporting documents will be available for pick-up at the Arts Council - Windsor & Region (ACWR) for seven days after The WEAs Awards and Grants Ceremony is held. All applications not picked up will be destroyed. 

Please do not submit any original work.

 

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