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 supported individual professional artists based in Kingston to continue to work and work safely in their artistic practice. The total funding available in this stream was $100,000 and each recipient was issued a set grant amount of $1,000. Individual professional artists of any discipline were eligible to apply. There were two intake periods in this grant program in April and June 2021.
Applications were reviewed by KAC staff against an eligibility checklist and eligible applicants were approved for funding on a first-come, first-served basis in each intake period.
The application deadline has passed and this program is now closed.
There will be no Resiliency application deadline in 2022.
Applicants to the Resiliency program were required to be professional artists aged 18 or older, Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and residents of the City of Kingston. 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.
Eligible applicants were approved for funding on a first-come, first-served basis in each intake period. The KAC approved the maximum number of eligible applicants with the funds available in each intake period. Applicants who did not receive funding in one intake period were encouraged to apply again.
Eligible expenses included:
Artists were able to select more than one eligible expense in their application.
Grant recipients are required to answer a brief survey on the impact of the funds. Surveys were sent and received by email approximately four months after the grant deadline.
Resiliency Grant Recipients
One hundred artists were funded through the Resiliency Grants. They each received $1,000, bringing the total funding invested in the community to $100,000. The Resiliency Grant recipients represent a wide range of artistic disciplines, including dance, visual arts, sculpture, tattoo, theatre, circus arts and music.
James Puckalo (Tyffanie Morgan)
Kelsey Dawn Pearson
Michael C. Duguay
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.