Arts Infrastructure Grants

4 grants are presented to individual professional artists / arts professionals, ad hoc groups, collectives,  organizations and businesses dedicated to developing the arts in the following areas:

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

Value: $3,000 each

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.

In 2020, the Visual Arts Infrastructure Grant was renamed The Carolye Rourke Visual Arts Infrastructure Grant in honour of President Emerita Carolyne Rourke, who retired from her role as WEA president in November 2019 after 20 years of volunteer service.

Carolye Rourke

Grant Funding

Arts Infrastructure Grants are awarded to individual professional artists/arts professionals, ad hoc groups, collectives,  organizations and businesses 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.

Applicants that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals must:

  • Be a professional artist/arts professional.
    *WEA uses the Ontario Arts Council‘s definition of a professional artist/arts professional: “someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for their work and actively practices their art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.”
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be a resident of Windsor or one of the municipalities in Essex County.

Ad Hoc Groups or Collectives must:

  • Have at least 50 percent of their members residing in Windsor or Essex County.
  • Be comprised of at least two members who meet eligibility requirements for individuals (listed above) and who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group/collective.
  • Not be a corporation.
  • Be able to deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group/collective.
  • Note: ad hoc groups/collectives may be formed for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective).
*WEA uses the same eligibility requirements for ad hoc groups/collectives as outlined by the Ontario Arts Council.

Organizations must:

  • Be located in Windsor or Essex County.
  • Be incorporated in Ontario or federally as a not-for-profit corporation; or
  • Be a charitable organization or foundation registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board.

Businesses must:

  • Be located in Windsor or Essex County.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for a WEA grant, please email Stephanie at info@wea-arts.com. Emails will be answered within 24 hours from Monday – Saturday.

Application Process

We are pleased to welcome your proposal for an Arts Infrastructure Grant from Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA). Due to the current health and safety measures, we will accept proposals for projects to be completed this year, along with projects that will be completed sometime in the future when art and cultural spaces fully re-open to the public. Therefore, the project in your grant proposal does not require a solid completion date.

WEA reserves the right to decline any applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements, so it is strongly advised you review and understand the eligibility requirements before proceeding.

Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, January 25 to midnight Friday, March 25, 2022. 

We offer an ONLINE application platform. However, the online application form will NOT allow you to save your work so if an error occurs when you submit you will have to start from scratch. Be advised to type your work in a Word Doc or similar format beforehand and then copy and paste to the application form to save you time and frustration.

If you encounter technical problems when trying to submit your application, email Stephanie at info@wea-arts.com.

STEP ONE: Click on “ARTS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT CHECKLIST” link for a list of the documentation required to apply for this grant.

ARTS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT CHECKLIST (PDF)

STEP TWO: Assemble your Supporting Material to be uploaded to WeTransfer.com 

STEP THREE: Fill out the online application form

Click on the “APPLY FOR AN ARTS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT” button below to submit your application and upload your supporting material to the WeTransfer.com link.

STEP FOUR: Confirm your submission was received

Once you have submitted your application form and uploaded your supporting images and documents, check your email to confirm your submission has been received. If you do not receive confirmation, please email Stephanie at info@wea-arts.com to confirm WEA received your application.

APPLY FOR AN ARTS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT

Grants Selection Process

All grants 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 identity of the jurors will be made public at the Awards and Grants Ceremony.

The decisions of this jury are final.

Program Timeline

  • January 25: Online application portal opens.
  • March 25: At midnight, the online application portal closes.
  • Mid-April: The jury panels review and deliberate on the grant submissions.
  • May 2: Successful grant applicants will be notified by phone call and/or email.
  • May: The WEAs Awards and Grants Ceremony. Date & Venue TBD
  • November: Progress reports on each grant project to be submitted to WEA.

Confidentiality

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the button below to read the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

F.A.Q. pdf file

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