Welcome to Windsor Endowment for the Arts!

Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA), established in 1995,  is a charitable arts organization in Windsor, Ontario. Our goals centre on Promoting, Supporting, and Celebrating artists and arts organizations in our region through our biennial Awards and Grants program, affectionately referred to as The WEAs; and by funding the Pathway to Literacy Program for Kids that pairs kindergarten teachers with artist-educators to help children new to Canada and/or new to English in our community.   

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Awards & Grants Program 2024

Launched in 2010, the Arts Awards and Grants program is a biennial granting program offered through Windsor Endowment for the Arts to recognize and support creative projects from a diverse range of homegrown talent from Windsor-Essex.

Applications for one of our 11 art grants totalling $31,000; or for nominations for one of our 4 Art Leadership Awards of merit via our online application platform will be accepted from now until midnight of Sunday, March 31, 2024.

WEA reserves the right to decline any grant application or award nomination if it does not meet the eligibility requirements. The eligibility criteria and the link to the online submission form can be found on each grant or award page in the list below or on the tabs at the top of this webpage.

All grants and awards are awarded by a jury made up of community members recognized for the knowledge, skill, and expertise they bring to their artistic fields. The Board of Directors of WEA is responsible for their selection. 

The 11 grant recipients and 4 award winners will receive their grant cheques or Arts Leadership Awards at The WEAs Awards & Grants Celebration on Friday, May 31, 2024 at the Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre in Sandwich Town. 

The WEA Board wishes all applicants the best of luck!

ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARDS – 4 awards of merit are presented to recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, philanthropists, businesses and/or organizations devoted to the arts in the following areas: Community, Literary, Performing, and Visual Arts.

*Nominees must be nominated by a peer.

EMERGING ARTIST GRANTS$3,000 each – Four grants are presented to support the professional and creative development of emerging artists (2-7 years of experience) in the following areas: Film Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

ARTS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS – $3,000 each – Four grants are presented to individual professional artists/arts professionals, ad hoc groups, collectives,  organizations and businesses dedicated to developing creative projects in the arts in the following areas: Community Arts, Performing Arts (Music), Performing Arts (Theatre), and Visual Arts.

ELIZABETH HAVELOCK GRANT IN THE ARTS – $3,000 – One grant is presented to foster and support the artistic excellence of the mid-career artist (7-15 years of experience) in any artistic discipline.

MORRIS AND BEVERLY BAKER FOUNDATION YOUTH GRANT IN THE ARTS – $2,000 – One grant is presented to a graduating high school student registered in a visual arts program at the post-secondary level. 

ERIC JACKMAN YOUTH GRANT IN THE ARTS – $2,000 – One grant is presented to a graduating high school student registered in a performing arts program at the post-secondary level. 

Pathway to Literacy for Kids
Changing the Odds

The third year of the CTO Pathway to Literacy for Kids program was launched in January 2024 and will take place in Kindergarten classes at F.W. Begley Public School and Prince Edward Public School in Windsor’s core. These schools have a large number of students who are new to Canada and/or new to English and who live in high-priority neighbourhoods.

Please help us raise the $20,000 needed for the artist-educator team from Arts Can Teach to deliver the program this winter and spring to the kindergarten classes so we can “Change the Odds” of children in our community.

SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS 

Support WEA to help artists in our community bring their creative projects to life!