Grants for Arts Organizations

The Winnipeg Arts Council provides funding to not-for-profit Winnipeg arts organizations through the following multidisciplinary grant programs:

Project Grant Program for Arts Organizations & Collectives

This program is intended for new and developing arts organizations, established arts organizations that work on a project basis, and arts organizations undertaking a special, one-time initiative. Collectives or unincorporated groups may be eligible provided that they meet the special criteria outlined in the guidelines. The program is designed to provide partial support to a broad range of activities and art forms, reflecting different cultural traditions and art practices. A Project Grant must be applied to a specific project - with potential for artistic merit and community impact - planned to take place within the 18 months following the notification date.

Maximum Grant

The maximum amount of support for any arts organization or artists collective from the Project Grant Program is $10,000.


The Project Grant program has a single annual deadline.  In 2016 applications must be received prior to Tuesday February 14, 2017. Updated forms and guidelines will be posted in early November 2016.

Required Forms

Programme de subventions pour projets spéciaux à l’intention des organismes voués aux arts et des collectifs

Ce programme est destiné aux organismes voués aux arts nouveaux ou en développement, aux organismes établis voués aux arts qui fonctionnent par projet et aux organismes voués aux arts qui préparent une initiative ponctuelle spéciale. Les collectifs ou les groupes sans personnalité morale pourraient y être admissibles s’ils répondent aux critères spéciaux énumérés plus loin.

Il vise à financer partiellement une vaste gamme d'activités et de disciplines artistiques, reflétant différentes traditions culturelles et pratiques de l'art. Les subventions peuvent s'appliquer à un projet particulier offrant une valeur artistique et des retombées éventuelles sur la collectivité et qui doit se dérouler dans les dix-huit mois suivant la date de notification.

Subvention maximale

La subvention maximale accordée dans la cadre du programme s’élève à 10 000 $

Date limite

Ce programme a une seule date limite annuelle. La prochaine date limite sera le mardi 14 février 2017. Les documents nécessaries seront disponibles ici en novembre 2016.

Documents nécessaires

The New Creations Fund for Arts Organizations

The New Creations Fund encourages and supports creativity in Winnipeg by making funding available that contributes to the creation of significant and innovative new works of art in any discipline or combination of disciplines, the scope of which may not otherwise be possible.  Projects supported by this program should have the potential to make significant contributions to the art forms they represent.  A two-part, flexible award structure provides access to support in the earliest stages of a new work’s development, and rewards excellence in the later stages when the shape and direction of the new work have been determined.

The New Creations Fund is suspended until further notice.

Fonds nouvelles créations pour les organismes voués aux arts

Le Fonds Nouvelles créations encourage et appuie la créativité à Winnipeg en offrant du financement qui contribue à la création d’œuvres d’art importantes et novatrices, quelle que soit la discipline ou la combinaison de disciplines, d’une ampleur qui ne serait pas forcément possible autrement. Les projets soutenus dans le cadre de ce programme doivent être susceptibles d’apporter des contributions importantes aux formes d’art qu’ils représentent. Une structure de subvention souple et en deux parties donne accès à du financement dès les premiers stades de la réalisation d’une nouvelle œuvre, puis finance l’excellence au cours des stades ultérieurs, lorsque la forme et l’orientation de la nouvelle œuvre ont été déterminées.

Le Fonds Nouvelles créations est suspendu jusqu’a nouvel ordre. 

Multi-Year Grant Programs For Arts Organizations 

Three-year Operating Grants and two-year Program Support Grants make contributions to the operations of established arts organizations that have a continuing presence in Winnipeg throughout the year or seasonally, and have track record of high-quality programming or services. Multi-year grants support a range of activities and art forms, reflecting different cultural traditions and art practices. Organizations receiving support are expected to advance the development of their art forms, to participate in the development of local artists, to maintain public support, and to practice strict management and financial controls. 

Organizations are invited to apply to either the two-year or three-year program depending on a variety of factors including budget size, scope of programming, and number of staff. All organizations receiving multi-year grants must have a history of consistent programming/presentation and public support, and must provide regular reporting to ensure that they continue to meet the objectives of the program


Due to budgetary constraints, acceptance into this program for new applicants is limited. Currently, applications are accepted by invitation only.  Please contact the Program & Arts Development Manager for more information.

Operating Grants (3-year agreements)

The next application deadline for 3-year Operating Grants will be in November 2017.

Organizations currently holding a 3-year operating grant are required to submit an interim report by Tuesday November 15, 2016, in order to be eligible for the 2017 portion of the grant.  Please download the forms and guidelines using the links below.


Fall 2016 Operating Grant Interim Report Guidelines and Forms (PDF)

Statistics: Choose one of

Statistics form for performing arts and festivals organizations (PDF)

Statistics form for film/video, media, literary, and visual arts organizations (PDF)

Programming Support Grants (2-year agreements)

Organizations who joined the 2-year Programming Support Grant stream in 2014 are required to submit a new application in the fall of 2016.  Organizations will be notified of their eligibility to apply by the Winnipeg Arts Council.  The deadline for new applications is Tuesday November 15, 2016 and the guidelines and forms for this application are found in the Downloads section below.


Please note that this deadline does not apply to organizations who submitted applications to this program in February 2016.  Those organizations will submit an interim report in 2017; notifications and documents will be posted early in 2017.


2017-18 Programming Support Grant Guidelines (PDF)

2017-18 Programming Support Grant Forms (PDF)