Ground UP Dance Festival (2023) by Movement Market Collective. Original photo by Shanique Peart.
Ground UP Dance Festival (2023) by Movement Market Collective. Original photo by Shanique Peart.

2024 CKAF Grant Recipients

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(2023), Agnes Etherington Art Centre, curated by Oriah Scott. Photo courtesy of Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

2024 Operating Grant Recipients

Agnes Etherington Art Centre | $75,000

Cantabile Choirs of Kingston | $31,000

Centre culturel Frontenac | $13,950

Kingston Canadian Film Festival | $50,000

Kingston Symphony Association | $75,000

Kingston WritersFest | $44,814

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre | $53,000

Reelout Arts Project | $24,000

Single Thread Theatre Company | $10,000

Theatre Kingston | $38,007

Union Gallery | $14,391

See more information about CKAF Operating Grant recipients here.

2024 Project Grant Recipients

2024 K-TOWN Showdown Dance Battle
Kingston School of Dance | $5,400

2025 GroundUP Dance Festival
Movement Market Collective | $15,000

Airwave YGK
CFRC 101.9FM | $12,000

Create 15
The Mess Studio | $8,240

Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA)
SpiderWebShow Performance | $12,000

Half Steps: Musicians and Mental Health
Céline Klein | $11,250

Many Moons 2025 Programming
Many Moons Events | $11,250

Melos' Light in the Dark II
Melos Choir & Period Instruments | $7,870

Providence: a site-specific theatre performance
Eye of the Dawn Collective | $11,250

Seniors' Theatre Club
The Spire | $6,150

Skeleton Park Arts Festival
Skeleton Park Arts Festival | $13,500

Ten Seasons of Love
Sistema Kingston | $13,396

Prison for Women Memorial Collective | $15,000

The Dragon of Wantley
Kingston Baroque Consort | $7,000

The Juvenis Festival
Blue Canoe Productions | $13,500

The Lost Birds
The Isabel Voices | $9,870

White Pine Travels
Noah Scheinman | $11,250

See more information about CKAF Project Grant recipients here.

E. Ball (left) & E. Morris, 'Intercomplementary Elements'

Intercomplementary Elements performance by Erin Ball (left/foreground) and Elizabeth Morris (right/background) at SpiderWebShow's Festival of Live Digital Arts (FOLDA) 2023. Photo by Jay Middaugh.

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HYDRA: A Story on Water by Calliope Collective (2023). Photo by Randy de Klein Stimpson.

Past Recipients

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The City of Kingston Arts Fund Review

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To ensure CKAF continues to support Kingston arts organizations, projects, artists and the public, the City is undertaking a review of the granting program. It is expected the CKAF Review will consider the program mandate, objectives, outputs, and reporting and evaluation mechanisms, and consider other potential changes such as an expansion beyond the current focus on operating and project grants and/or streamlining existing CKAF grant streams.

Learn more about the City of Kingston Arts Fund review.

Get involved!

The next phase of public engagement has launched and includes a survey, one-on-one interviews, community focus groups, pop-ups, and an open house.

Take the online survey

Please note: the survey link will redirect you from the project page to the survey hosted by Saffy, an external consultant on the project.

The community advisory group, made up of community members selected through an open application process, will be supporting the engagement as project champions, and details will be announced.

About the City of Kingston Arts Fund

The City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) provides grants to local arts organizations, artists, and collectives to foster creativity at all levels and enrich how Kingston residents experience and engage with the arts. Since its inception in 2007, CKAF has provided a mechanism for the City to invest in the arts, accounting for over $9.2 million invested to date. CKAF is comprised of two funding categories — 70% of the available funds are allocated to Operating Grants and 30% are allocated to Project Grants.

CKAF is an investment in Kingston’s cultural capital that aims to foster cultural vitality, increase the capacity of the arts community to create and produce artistic work, engage residents and enhance our city’s cultural economy, and promote financial stability and sustainability. CKAF is administered by the Kingston Arts Council (KAC) on behalf of the City to ensure that the Fund continues to best support and nurture the capacity of Kingston's artists and the arts sector.

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 2024

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 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.

Operating Grants

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.

Learn more about CKAF Operating Grants >

Project Grants

CKAF Project Grants support arts projects from individual professional artists, collectives, and incorporated non-profit organizations that meet the CKAF objectives. Projects must demonstrate engagement with the Kingston community and engage professional artists and pay artist fees. Applicants are evaluated on artistic contribution, benefit to community, viability, and innovation.

$5,000 - $15,000 for a period of eighteen months from July 2024 to December 2025.

Learn more about CKAF Project Grants >

Additional Funding in 2021

In 2021, Kingston City Council allocated $200,000 in one-time funding to support individual artists and non-profit arts organizations in recognition of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment was in addition to the City’s annual contribution in support of the fund’s Operating and Project Grants. This funding was made available through two new grant streams; Resiliency and Adapt, administered by the KAC on behalf of the City of Kingston.

Resiliency Grants supported individual professional artists to continue to work and work safely in their artistic practice.

Total available funding for the Resiliency Grant was $100,000. Individual professional artists of any discipline applied for grants of $1,000 or $2,000.

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This program supported individuals, collectives, ad-hoc groups, and non-profit arts organizations for new projects that directly addressed the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total available funding for the Adapt Grant was $100,000 and applicants applied for grants of $4,000 to $10,000.

Learn more >


Juror Applications

Interested in serving on a CKAF Jury? Fill out a Juror Interest Form today!

Contact Us

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