Artists are essential, and they need your help!

Help the KAC continue to offer relief micro-grants
to support Kingston artists.

Resiliency Grants are relief micro-grants designed to help local professional artists continue to work and work safely during this challenging time.

In January 2021, Kingston City Council allocated $200K in one-time funding to support individual artists and non-profit arts organizations in Kingston in recognition of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of this funding ($100K) was allotted to create the Resiliency Grant stream within the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF), and $1K grants were distributed to 100 artists in the spring of 2021.

The call for applications was met with an overwhelming and unprecedented response, with 263 eligible applicants and a total funding request of $396K, nearly four times the City’s investment. This response indicates a tremendous and urgent demand for further support. 


Here’s where you come in, Kingston.


With your help, we can ensure that more artists in our community receive the support they need to continue to create and to do so safely. Any donations received to the Resiliency Grant stream will support a further round of funding this fall, and sustain the continuation of individual artist funding. 

Donations to the Resiliency Grant can now be made through the Kingston Arts Council’s Canada Helps page.


$1000 donation = an artist sponsored


The fine print

  • The Guidelines established for this program will be followed and $1,000 grants will be administered to eligible, professional artists
  • All donors will receive a charitable tax receipt and recognition on the KAC website (donors can choose to remain anonymous if desired)
  • With the exception of a small fee retained by Canada Helps for use of the platform, all donor dollars will go directly to local artists; the Kingston Arts Council will retain no portion of funding as administrators of the grant
  • Donations to support the Kingston Arts Council can also be made through our Canada Helps webpage, and are gratefully received. Learn more about all we do here.



Artists Lost 28,000 Jobs


In 2020, Canadian artists lost a total of 28,491 gigs due to COVID- 19. This resulted in $ 20,050,521 total income lost in 2020 for Canadian Artists.
Read more here


25% employment drop in the arts


Employment in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector [NAICS 71] fell from 450,500 in 2019 to 336,100 jobs in 2020. That’s a 25.4% drop for employment in the arts in Canada.
Read more here. 


Art Improves Community


According to a recent survey, 90% of Ontario residents agreed that an active local arts scene helps make a community a better place to live and 88% of Ontario residents believed that if their community lost its arts activities, people living there would lose something of value. What would our community be like without artists?

Read more here. 


Support the Kingston Arts Council

Consider making a one-time, monthly or annual donation to help support the Kingston Arts Council in our mission to
provide strategic leadership and services for the arts and reach our vision of a Kingston where:

► the arts are understood to be essential to our community’s health and vitality;

► people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities experience, value and see themselves reflected in the arts;

► all those who wish to participate in the arts have the resources and opportunities to do so;

► artists and arts workers are able to build sustainable careers; and

► our arts sector, artists, arts workers and arts organizations are thriving and recognized locally and nationally for their efforts, talents and innovation.


Donations can be made through Canada Helps here.

If you’d like to make a donation by cheque, please mail to: 

Kingston Arts Council
370 King Street West, Unit 115
Kingston, ON
K7L 2X4


All donations are eligible for a tax receipt.