The Manitoba Arts Council is implementing a new online application system supported by streamlined programs which will be launched in the summer of 2018.
The new programs have been designed to be more open, flexible, and responsive to how artists and arts organizations work. Over the last year, the Manitoba Arts Council has restructured its existing 54 granting programs into 15 new multidisciplinary programs that fit into 6 streams of activity.
The new programs will continue to fund the kinds of activities that are supported in the existing programs. The program budgets and application rates of current programs have been carefully mapped to ensure as much stability as possible for the arts community.
Information sessions will be held in spring 2018 throughout the province for applicants and stakeholders to learn about the new programs. Event details will be available soon.
Online Application System
This summer, applicants will be able to set up a client profile on MAC’s new online application system and apply for a grant online. Those who are unable to apply online will have the option of submitting a paper application.
Applicants will benefit from an easier application process and direct deposit of funds once grants are awarded.
The new online application system will also allow for more robust data collection and internal administrative efficiencies.
The transition to the new program deadlines will begin in Fall 2018. As part of MAC’s move to online applications, a small number of spring deadlines will shift to new dates within the new program structure.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the list of existing grants deadlines that will remain available until the launch of the new structure. Applicants must continue to follow the current paper process when applying to the existing programs.
MAC will launch a new website in summer 2018 in preparation for the shift to the new online application system. The website will be much easier to navigate and will showcase the work of artists and organizations supported by MAC.