We are making every effort to ensure this page is up-to-date and comprehensive. If you know of a resource that would be beneficial for our arts community, please let us know by emailing us at info@artskingston.ca.





Kingston Arts Council – Updates about the City of Kingston Arts Fund
Please contact grants@artskingston.ca with any questions about your grant.

Ontario Arts Council  – Updates about deadlines and applications for OAC grants

Canada Council for the ArtsUpdates about deadlines and applications for Canada Council grants

Canadian Heritage Updates about deadlines and applications for Heritage grants



Woodcock Fund Grant — emergency funds for writers mid-project

NABS financial assistance for media, marketing, and communications pros

The AFC — Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

Unison Fund — Unison COVID19 Relief Program for the Music Industry

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers

National Arts Centre — Canada Performs: Short Term Relief Fund for Online Performances

Music Together — Short-term Performance Fund for Ontarian Musicians 



United Way — Local Emergency Fund





CBC Arts – Artists and Freelancers Resource List

Ontario Nonprofit Network – Resources for Non-profits

WorkInCulture – List of resources for Non-profit cultural sector

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts – Resources for the Performing Arts

CAPACOA – Coronavirus Preparedness for the Live Performance Sector 

UNISON FUND – Resources for the Music Community

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres – Online conferences and support



Fractured Atlas – Article on how to transition to a virtual workplace

SpiderWebShow – Digital Resources Guides: DYI Livestreaming, Zoom, Slack, Trello



Many arts events scheduled to take place in the upcoming months have been cancelled, and most arts venues will be closed for an indeterminate length of time. The KAC understands how stressful this situation can be for artists and organizers. The KAC will continue to work with artists, arts organizations and venues to provide support and information throughout this time.

You may encourage ticket holders to make a donation to your cancelled event instead of requesting a refund. Here’s an example of a cancellation statement that asks ticket holders to consider donating ticket fees, from the Kingston Canadian Film Festival: 

We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support for our decision to cancel the remainder of Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2020. While we are sad, we remain steadfast that it is the right decision to help protect the health and well-being of our community. We are offering all patrons the option of a refund. Many patrons have inquired about donating their purchase to KCFF. As a charity we appreciate these offers. If you wish to make a donation by forgoing your refund and do not require a tax receipt, no further action is required. If you do not need a refund but would like to receive a charitable receipt, an online request form will be available on the Kingston Canadian Film Festival website starting Monday, March 16th. Tax receipts will be sent by email. You may request a refund through our website starting Monday, March 16th until Tuesday, March 31st. It may take up to four weeks before you receive a refund. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging circumstances.

If you are currently receiving CKAF funding or planning to apply to the CKAF program for the 2020 granting cycle, please read the KAC’s statement on funding (coming soon).

If your event is not scheduled to happen for a few months, we recommend that you follow health updates closely (resources below) and that you use the Mass Gathering Risk Assessment Tool for evaluating the viability of events happening in the coming months.

There is no way of knowing when “normal” activities will resume, however, and we will all have to be reactive and flexible. We encourage everyone to comply with public health advisories fully and completely. We wish to ensure that our grant recipients feel supported in making the best decisions they can for their audiences and for our community without fear of penalties. 

Principles for Ethical Cancellations – Article

I Lost my Gig Canada – Facebook Group

Dealing with Cancelled Gigs – Article

Managing Gig Cancelation – Article

Offering your closed venue should governments and healthcare organizations need spaces for testing, blood donations, etc.



Fractured Atlas — Fundraising in difficult times



It is important for artists and event organizers to track the impact of the loss of paid opportunities and the postponement or cancellation of events. Any potential compensation to be released following the crisis period will require documentation of impact; consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss.

The Kingston Arts Council is monitoring Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council closely for any updates regarding support around financial losses due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Impact Feedback – Survey 

Generator – How to track financial losses

Metric Categories for Arts and Culture




Job protection for workers announced – Article

Contact Service Canada to access employment insurance. You can reach them at this toll-free number: 1-800-206-7218. They have waived the usual delay period and you do not need to have your Record of Employment. Please note that Service Canada has requested that people do not visit their offices in person at this time.

Please note also that Ontario is currently revising eligibility for emergency assistance that is currently available through the Ontario Works program.

Emergency Support Benefit announced
The Emergency Support Benefit will be “delivered through the CRA to provide up to $5.0 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.”

On March 25 the federal government clarified its emergency response plan: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) application portal will open early April. Benefit will be $2,000 per month for wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Also of note for arts organizations: workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, will also qualify for the CERB. This will help arts organizations keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible. (From Toronto Arts Council)




Crisis Service Canada – Toll-free number 1-833-456-4566  and resources

Manage your Coronavirus Anxiety – Article

Take Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty – Article

Protect your Mental Health during a Quarantine – Article

Headspace – Free Meditation

Yoga with Adrienne – Free Yoga 

Current public health recommendations suggest that if you are voluntarily practicing social distancing or self-isolation but are asymptomatic, you can go for walks, runs, and bike rides. Just make sure you keep others at an appropriate distance.

Caremongering (Kingston Chapter) – Facebook Group




The KAC recommends that you carefully consider all health information and rely only on information provided by public health authorities to make decisions that affect your employees, programs and services. Here are trusted sources of information:

City of Kingston 

Ontario Public Health Unit – KFL&A

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

CBC Coronavirus Guide