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 celebrates Kingston’s arts community. Click here to read more about the program.

CKAF Project Grants support arts projects from individuals, collectives, and incorporated non-profit organizations. The Project Grant program funds the creation and presentation of arts projects 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. A jury of peers assesses applications and awards grants between $5,000 and $15,000 for a period of eighteen months from July 2022 to December 2023.

The 2022 CKAF Project Grant application deadline was 13 April 2022. Applications are now closed.

Grant results will be announced in July 2022.

CKAF Project 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.



Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria in the Grant Guidelines and be located in the City of Kingston. There are three types of eligible applicants: 

  • Individual professional artist, who has developed skills through training and/or practice; 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. 
  • Collective, a group of three or more artists and/or community members who have come together for the purpose of artistic creation and presentation in a collective endeavour. Collectives are not legally incorporated. 
  • Incorporated non-profit organization, which may be incorporated as a non-profit organization, a registered charity, or a distinct and discrete organization within an incorporated non-profit parent organization. 

Individual artists and collectives may apply with a sponsor. The sponsor must be an incorporated non-profit or charitable organization in Kingston. The sponsor is required to sign the application and submit a letter of support identifying their agreement with the individual/collective. A sponsor is responsible for the successful management of the grant and may be asked to provide final reports. Sponsors are expected to provide mentorship and support to the applicant collective. Organizations receiving CKAF Operating or Project Grants are able to act as a sponsor to a collective in the same year. 

Please note that all applicants must include artist fees as an expense to be eligible for CKAF grants. Projects with the sole purpose of creating new artistic work, without presentation and/or community engagement, are not eligible for a CKAF Project Grant. 

Applicants must be in good standing with the municipality, specifically in regard to previous grants from CKAF, the City of Kingston Heritage Fund and/or the Community Investment Fund. An organization cannot receive a CKAF Operating and a CKAF Project Grant in the same year. However, an organization may apply to both programs. If their Operating application is unsuccessful, their Project application will be considered.

Review the complete information on eligibility, funding period, assessment criteria, and reporting in the 2022 CKAF Project Grant Guidelines carefully before you begin your application. 


Applications are reviewed by a jury of artists and arts professionals. Jurors are selected for their knowledge of the arts, high standing in the arts community, and awareness of the local, and broader arts environment; jurors are reflective of the gender, demographic, and cultural diversity of Kingston. If you are interested in being a juror, please click here to fill out the form.

Applications to CKAF Project Grants are evaluated in three areas: artistic contribution, community benefit, and administration and viability. Applicants should review the complete assessment criteria in the Grant Guidelines before beginning their application. 

Deadline and Submission

The 2022 CKAF Project Grant application deadline was 13 April 2022. Applications are now closed.

Grant results will be announced in July 2022.

Applicants submit one (1) digital copy of their application to To complete the application, you will need Adobe Reader and Microsoft Excel. Complete instructions can be found on the first three pages of the application. 

Do not submit hard copies or paper copies of your application. If you require accommodations in the application process, please contact

If you are a first time applicant, you are encouraged to book a meeting with Felix Lee by email at


All Project Grant recipients must provide either a quote for or proof of $5 million liability insurance before KAC can release CKAF funds. Grant recipients may use grant funds to cover the cost of insurance. Insurance must be secured and paid for before project activities begin. The KAC can help grant recipients connect with a suitable insurer.

Reporting Requirements

All CKAF Project Grant recipients are required to submit an Interim Report. The 2022 Interim Report deadline is 13 January 2023. 

2022 Project Interim Report forms will be posted soon.

All 2021 Project Grant recipients must submit a Final Report no more than 60 days after the project completion date and no later than 31 December 2022. 
2021 Project Final Report Form
2021 Project Final Report Budget Form

All 2020 Project Grant recipients must submit a Final Report no more than 60 days after the project completion date and no later than 31 December 2021.
2020 Project Final Report Form
2020 Project Final Report Budget Form

If you require an extension for a report, you must contact before the deadline. Complete extension policies can be found in the Grant Guidelines.


The KAC and the City of Kingston are committed to the continuation of CKAF. We want to support our applicants and recipients. It is our priority that grant recipients are able to make the best decision for our community without fear of penalties.  If you are forced to cancel your activities or withdraw your application as a result of COVID-19, it will not impact your future eligibility as a CKAF applicant.

We strongly encourage you to review Ontario’s COVID-19 policies and create a contingency plan to comply with the highest level of restriction possible, even for programs or activities scheduled for 2022 and beyond. Information on Ontario’s COVID-19 response can be found here:

For applicants: Please keep in mind that your application is assessed on viability. Your plans must be adaptable to new public health measures. You must include in your application contingency plans that demonstrate to the jury that you will be able to meet your goals even as the response to COVID-19 continues to evolve. If you fail to present a viable plan, it will impact the jury’s assessment of your application.

For current recipients: please contact the KAC as soon as possible if you must alter your plans or activities to comply with new public health measures. Because the situation continues to be dynamic, we anticipate that some of your activities may have to be delayed or modified. 

We encourage recipients to consider modifying their activities first; if there is no way to modify your activities to comply with public health measures, you may choose to postpone. You will be asked to provide notice in writing of your new plan and/or timeline. You may be asked to provide a revised budget. 

If it is not possible to modify or postpone, you may choose to cancel your project. Contact for more information on the cancellation procedure. Depending on the time of cancellation and the public health measures in place, you may be allowed to use some of your CKAF Project grant to honour artist fees, pay staff and/or pay cancellation fees. Unused funds must be returned to the KAC. 

More specific information for our region can be found on KFL&A Public Health’s website:


CKAF Support

Schedule one-on-one remote meetings with Grants Coordinator Felix Lee:


Acknowledgment requirements

As outlined in the Terms of Reference of CKAF funding, all grant recipients are required to acknowledge the support of CKAF by using City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council logos in advertising, programs, events and brochures relating to the activities for which funds are granted. If the recipient is unable to include these logos in a design (as when, on small flyer or advertisement, space does not permit them to be legibly included), the recipient must acknowledge the support of CKAF by specifying it in the text of the item. If you require different formats or clarification regarding the acknowledgement requirements, please contact the KAC at

City of Kingston Logos
City of Kingston (Black) 
City of Kingston (White)

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Kingston Arts Council (B&W)
Kingston Arts Council (Colour)