Program Overview

The City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF), established in 2007, provides grants to local arts organizations and projects to foster creativity at all levels and enrich how Kingston residents experience and engage with the arts. In 2021, funding for the CKAF annual Operating and Project grant streams was approved by Kingston City Council, as well as additional one-time COVID-19 pandemic relief funding to support artists and arts organizations. The additional funding, which totals $200,000 will support two new funding programs: Resiliency grants and Adapt grants. Learn more on the City of Kingston Arts Fund page.


City of Kingston Arts Fund: Adapt 

Adapt grants support projects that address pandemic-related challenges through new ways of working. These projects include creating, presenting, or adapting artistic work, building partnerships, and creating innovative solutions for community needs. The total funding available in this program is $100,000. Individuals, collectives, ad-hoc groups, and non-profit arts organizations are eligible to apply. Applications will be evaluated and grants will be awarded by a jury of artists and arts professionals.


Application Process 

Applications are submitted online by email to When the call for applications opens in June 2021, the guidelines and application forms will be available here.  

CKAF Adapt Guidelines - coming soon 

CKAF Adapt Application Form - coming soon 

CKAF Adapt Budget Form - coming soon 


Grant Amount 

Grants will be a minimum of $4,000 and a maximum of $10,000. 


Eligible Applicants 

Applicants must be individual professional artists, artist collectives or ad-hoc groups, or non-profit arts organizations. More information about eligibility will be available in the grant guidelines in June 2021. 


Eligible Expenses 

Eligible expenses include: 

  • artist fees for the creation of new work;
  • artistic production, presentation, and dissemination costs for the creation and distribution of new work; 
  • project administration costs (not exceeding 20% of total budget);
  • marketing, promotion, audience development, and community outreach;
  • venue, studio, or workspace rental;
  • costs related to accessibility for Deaf artists and audiences and/or artists and audiences with disabilities; and
  • minor equipment or software to upgrade the technology, workspaces, or health and safety items required to carry out the proposed project.


Application and Allocation of Funds 

Eligible applications will be evaluated by a jury composed of professional artists and arts professionals, who will determine which applicants receive funding and the amount of each grant. The KAC Board of Directors will review the jury’s recommendations to ensure compliance with program objectives and evaluation criteria. Full evaluation criteria will be available in the grant guidelines in June 2021.



If you have questions, please contact: Felix Lee, Grants Coordinator at