The City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) 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.
CKAF’s objectives are to nurture the capacity of the arts, artists, and arts sector in Kingston while fostering creativity, encouraging social cohesion, enhancing the quality of life, and stimulating economic development through direct investment.
CKAF is comprised of two funding categories,
70% of the available funds are allocated to Operating Grants and 30% are allocated to Project Grants.
Plan for Administration
Information on all policies and procedures related to the administration of CKAF can be found in the Kingston Arts Council Plan for Administration of Arts Funding for the Corporation of the City of Kingston in 2020.
CKAF Celebrates Kingston's Arts Community.
In 2007, Kingston City Council established the City of Kingston Arts Fund, comprised of $100,000 from the then Healthy Community Fund Program and an additional $400,000 in new funding. The Kingston Arts Council was contracted to administer CKAF and Kingston City Council has continued to invest in its growth each year as part of its commitment to supporting the arts and culture in Kingston.
Since its inception in 2007, CKAF has given close to $6.4 million to organizations and collectives.
Photo by Cade Pentland-Boyce. Eric Williams at the Sydenham Street Party, Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2019.
2020 Operating Recipients
Agnes Etherington Art Centre | $75,000
Cantabile Choirs of Kingston | $27,998
Centre culturel Frontenac | $16,608
H’art Centre | $12,097
Kingston Canadian Film Festival | $45,755
Kingston Symphony Association | $75,000
Kingston WritersFest | $42,589
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre | $50,000
Reelout Queer Film Festival | $22,042
Theatre Kingston | $42,230
Union Gallery | $10,250
Photo by Sandbox Photovideo, with Erin Ball, owner of Kingston Circus Arts, at Electric Circuits 2020.
2020 Projects Recipients
Aqua Nova Collective | $14,544
Electric Circuits Festival 2021
Electric Circuits Collective | $19,000
Vox Intima | $9,000
Festival of Live Digital Art (foldA) 2021
SpiderWebShow | $17,000
Fun House Concert Series
Kingston Punk Productions | $8,000
GO/NO Collective | $14,000
HYDRA (Water Parade)
Calliope Collective | $16,205
Photo by Viara Mileva. Kingston Punk Production presenting Ria Mae, Ralph, and Neon Dreams at The Mansion, December 2018.
King Con 2020/2021
King Con Collective |$13,000
Kingston Intercultural Arts Festival
Kingston Community Health Centres | $12,856
Live Wire Music Series 2020-2021
Live Wire Music Series | $2,550
Music You Love Played by People You Know
Orchestra Kingston | $2,040
Skeleton Park Arts Festival
Skeleton Park Arts Festival | $18,525
The Juvenis Festival 2021
Blue Canoe Productions | $16,000
Tone Deaf Festival and Satellite Concerts 2020-2021
Tone Deaf Collective | $14,004
Melos Choir and Period Instruments | $12,901
Past Year Recipients
CKAF grant recipients must meet the following objectives:
I. Engage Kingston artists with professional opportunities and industry-standard compensation;
II. Nurture creativity and arts engagement for all Kingston residents;
III. Address current needs in the Kingston community;
IV. Strengthen and expand access to the arts;
V. Create inclusive activities and equity practices that reflect the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences in Kingston;
VI. Foster collaboration between emerging and established artists and arts organizations across disciplines;
VII. Build capacity in the arts and culture sector through professional development, mentorship and investment in sustainable, relevant, high-quality artistic work; and
VIII. Cultivate community partnerships across private and public sectors.
Available CKAF Funding
CKAF Operating Grants support incorporated non-profit arts organizations located in the City of Kingston who exhibit high achievement in arts programming and fulfill a significant role in the Kingston community through the arts.
$10,000 - $75,000 for a period of one year.
Resiliency Grants will support individual professional artists to continue to work and work safely in their artistic practice.
Total available funding for the Resiliency Grant is $100,000. Individual professional artists of any discipline can apply for a grant of $1,000 or $2,000.
This program will support individuals, collectives, ad-hoc groups, and non-profit arts organizations for new projects that directly address the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Total available funding for the Adapt Grant is $100,000 and applicants may apply for grants of $4,000 to $10,000.
KCAF Covid-19 Response Plan
2021 Covid-19 Response Consultation
In 2020, the City and the KAC recognized the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on Kingston and, in particular, the arts and culture sector. As a result, the KAC implemented an expanded consultation process in the fall of 2020 to understand the impacts of the pandemic and identify any necessary responsive changes to the 2021 CKAF program. Through roundtables, a survey, and meetings, the KAC consulted with local arts organizations, collectives and artists, as well as former CKAF jurors, the KAC Board of Directors, other granting agencies from across the province, the City’s Arts Advisory Committee and City of Kingston staff.
Participants identified a number of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including decreased revenue, increased costs, uncertainty, reduced capacity and loss of collaboration. They also identified a number of opportunities, including improved accessibility with digital programs, reaching new audiences and renewed local focus.
Three key areas of the CKAF program were identified for review and potential changes in 2021:
Changes to 2021 City of Kingston Arts Fund
In response to community feedback, the KAC made the following changes to the 2021 CKAF program:
The objectives have been revised to better reflect the priorities of the program and address community needs. For clarity, the objectives for the City of Kingston have been separated from the objectives expected of grant recipients, which can be found above. The objectives for grant recipients have been updated to reflect the impact of the pandemic and to ensure increased accountability, viability, and sustainability. Additionally, the objectives have been rephrased to emphasize: hiring Kingston artists at industry-standard rates; addressing community needs; fostering collaboration and cultivating partnerships; expanding arts access; and devoting effort to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The minimum Operating grant is $10,000 and the maximum is $75,000. The jury’s requirements for allocating Operating grants have been rephrased to match the objectives with new emphasis on sustainability, viability, and accountability. The jury may recommend a reduction if an applicant cannot demonstrate viability or capacity to deliver, and/or fails to meet CKAF objectives. The minimum Project grant is $5,000 and the maximum is $15,000. The jury’s requirements for allocating Project grants have been rephrased to match the objectives with new emphasis on viability, accountability, and response to community need. Eligible costs for CKAF grant recipients now include costs related to accessibility as well as minor equipment purchases to meet new health and safety standards.
The adjudication criteria have been revised to match the new program objectives. The adjudication criteria are available in full in the Operating and Project grant guidelines. The application forms have been streamlined and the questions have been revised to align with the program objectives and adjudication criteria.
All grant recipients must secure $5-million liability insurance coverage that names Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston as additionally insured. Recipients may now submit either proof of this policy or a quote for this policy before grant funds are released. Grant funds may be used to cover insurance costs.