Indigenous 360 – Share: Getting to know MAC’s new arts grants

By Tracey Longbottom

The Manitoba Arts Council is committed to an approach that respects and recognizes the distinct worldview and creative culture of Indigenous communities, while aiming to make Indigenous artistic expression a source of pride for all Manitobans.

The Manitoba Arts council Indigenous 360 – Share is a new granting initiative that provides support for the sharing and presentation of artwork by Indigenous artists which enrich and engage First People’s communities in Manitoba and abroad. The MAC Indigenous 360 Share program aims to support artistic projects which bring greater visibility to the unique perspectives, realities, voices, and stories of Manitoba Indigenous artists.


The Program

The Indigenous 360 Share program supports the presentation of work in all disciplines by professional Indigenous artists, Knowledge Keepers, arts groups, and organizations.


Grant amounts

This program allows individuals and groups to ask for a grant of up to $7,500 and organizations can ask for up to $15,000.


Who can apply

The Indigenous 360 Share program is available to Professional artists, Knowledge Keepers, Professional arts groups, Professional arts organizations, Professional arts service organizations, and Non-artistic not-for-profit organizations. That means you must have a valid profile as an individual, a group, or an organization on MAC’s Online Application System. To give yourself enough time, make sure that you submit your profile to MAC at least 15 business days before you want to start your application.


What you can apply for

If your project involves public presentations, publications, community art projects, or gathering events involving artistic practices, this could be the program for you! This grant can help you cover direct costs related to your proposed project.


When you can apply

The Indigenous 360 Share program will have two deadlines in a given calendar year. These will stay the same from year to year starting in 2019. The deadlines for the Indigenous 360 Share program are March 25 and September 25.

For this year, we are offering a one-time only deadline for Indigenous 360 – Share applications on November 29th, 2018.

Applications for all MAC programs must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the day of the deadline. Previously, if an application deadline fell on a weekend or holiday, it would be moved to the following business day. This allowed applicants to deliver or mail their paper application during regular business hours. Now that applications will be submitted online, deadline dates will be fixed.

Unable to apply online?

Paper applications are available for applicants who have communicated to Manitoba Arts Council that they:

  • have no or limited internet access, have limited or no access to a computer or are not able to make use of a computer in the offices of the Manitoba Arts Council.
  • live with a disability that precludes them using the online system

If you plan on submitting a paper application by mail, the envelope must be sent and post marked on the day of the deadline or earlier. If you are dropping off your paper application, make sure to deliver it during the Manitoba Arts Council’s office hour or use the drop box outside our office from 7 am to 6 pm on weekdays.


How decisions are made

Your application to the Indigenous 360 Share program will be assessed by an Indigenous peer assessment jury representing a discipline or group of disciplines. This jury will use the following criteria to evaluate your proposed project:

  • Artistic Merit (50%)
  • Impact (30%)
  • Feasibility (20%)

If you’re interested in reading up on MAC’s evaluation process, you should check out our Peer Assessment Handbook.


Applied to MAC before?

Still wondering if this program is right for your project? Our new programs continue to fund the kinds of activities that were supported in our previous programs.
Specifically, the Indigenous 360 – Share grant supports most of the activities that were eligible in the following programs:

  • Indigenous Arts Creative Development
  • Indigenous Arts Mentorship, Training, and Development Grant
  • Artists in Community Residency
  • Community Connections and Access
  • Public Readings by Manitoba Writers (for organizations)
  • Theatre Production Grant
  • Dance Production Grant
  • Music Performance Grant – Concert or Series
  • Project Grant for Periodical Publishers
  • Book Publishers Project Grant
  • Program Assistance in the Visual Arts
  • Juried Art Shows

If your still not sure, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help you!

Additional supports

The Manitoba Arts Council Indigenous 360 program is pleased to provide ongoing support throughout the entire application process including:

Take Away:

  • Two application deadlines
  • Increased maximum grant amounts
  • Organizations and Knowledge Keepers are now eligible.
  • You must have a valid profile to apply.