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: Resiliency
Resiliency grants support individual professional artists based in Kingston to continue to work and work safely in their artistic practice. The total funding available in this stream is $100,000. Individual professional artists of any discipline are eligible to apply. There will be two intake periods in 2021 for this grant program. Artists may only receive one Resiliency grant. Applications will be reviewed by KAC staff against an eligibility checklist and eligible applicants will be approved for funding on a first-come, first-served basis in each intake period.
|Date||First Application Period||Second Application Period|
|Total Funding Available*||$80,000||$20,000|
|Call for Applications||6 April 2021||1 June 2021|
|Application Deadline||4 May 2021||15 June 2021|
|Applicants Notified and Grants Issued||May 2021||July 2021|
Applications are submitted online through the Kingston Arts Council website. Please see the link at the bottom of this page for the application form.
Resiliency grants are issued in a set amount of $1,000 each. Grant recipients will be issued the entire grant amount by cheque and must sign an agreement with the Kingston Arts Council to receive the funds.
Applicants must be:
*A professional artist has developed skills through training and/or practice and is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic traditions; has a history of public presentation or publications; seeks payment for their work; and actively practices their art.
City of Kingston Cultural Services and Kingston Arts Council permanent and contract staff are ineligible to receive Resiliency grants.
Eligible expenses include:
Artists may select more than one eligible expense in their application.
Application and Allocation of Funds
All applicants will receive an email confirmation from the KAC Grants Coordinator that their application has been successfully submitted.
Resiliency grant applications will be assessed based on eligibility and demonstration of need and impact. There is no scoring/ranking for these applications. Kingston Arts Council staff will review applications using the following eligibility checklist:
Eligible applicants will be approved for funding on a first-come, first-served basis in each intake period. The KAC will approve the maximum number of eligible applicants with the funds available in each intake period. Applicants who do not receive funding in one intake period are encouraged to apply again.
Applicants can only receive one Resiliency grant in 2021; those who receive funding in one intake period cannot apply again. Applicants must re-apply if they do not receive funding in one intake period and wish to be considered again. The Kingston Arts Council Board of Directors reviews the recommendations for funding to ensure compliance with program objectives and eligibility criteria.
While we recognize there is a substantial need for support, given the total amount of funding available, unfortunately not all eligible applicants will receive a grant.
Grant recipients are required to answer a brief survey on the impact of the funds. Surveys will be sent and received by email approximately four months after the grant deadline.
Ready to apply?
Keep in mind that applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have questions about your application, please contact: Felix Lee, Grants Coordinator at email@example.com
Click here to download a PDF version of this information about Resiliency Grants.
Resiliency Grant Recipients
Eighty artists were funded through the first round of Resiliency. They each received $1,000, bringing the total funding invested in the community to $80,000 for this first round. The Resiliency grant round one recipients represent a wide range of artistic disciplines, including dance, visual arts, sculpture, tattoo, theatre, circus arts and music.
Kelsey Dawn Pearson
Sadiqa de Meijer
Tonu Karl Tombak
*As a KAC Board member, Mariah Horner abstained from all votes related to Resiliency round one grant results in accordance with the KAC’s Conflict of Interest procedures.