How to start your application on MAC’s new Online Application System

This is the second of three tutorials.

  1. How to create your profile
  2. How to start your application
  3. How to compete and submit your application

We’re going to walk you through how to start your application on the Manitoba Arts Council’s Online Application System. So, let’s get started!

At this point you should have already created your profile in our Online Application System.  Your profile has been approved and you have a username (your email) and you’ve created a password. Log-in by using your username and password and you will be taken to your account’s homepage.


Home page

Take time to familiarize yourself with the contents of your home page.

There are some links to useful information on this page. The resource link will take you to the MAC website where you can access the General Guidelines, the Glossary, information about MAC’s accessibility policy, and other useful information.

There are three sections to this page. The “Upcoming deadlines” in the left-hand column will show all the grant programs that you are eligible to apply to. You can see the deadline dates and you can click on the “apply” button to start an application.

In the “My application” section you will see all the applications you currently have in progress.  You can save a draft of an application and go back into it to continue work on it until you’re ready to submit it.

If you’ve been awarded a grant then the “Requires attention” section is where you will access funding agreements and submit final reports.

So, let’s get started on an application. Today we’re going to look at the Create grant program.


Start an application

After you click on ‘apply” you will be taken to the program guidelines. This page has specific information about each program, including deadlines, grant amounts, eligible activity, and details about how the program is assessed.

There are useful links on this page to definitions and to the Peer Assessment Handbook.

At the bottom of the page you will be asked to check off that you have reviewed these program guidelines, the general guidelines, and that your profile is up-to-date.

Once you click on the submit button, you will be directed to the actual application.

At any time, you can save a draft of your application. You should save early and save often. The system will time-out automatically after 60 minutes of inactivity.

The application is made up of a combination of options to click-off, open text fields, forms, and upload buttons.

There are useful links on this page too where you can access the glossary, the general guidelines, and program specific information.  And of course, the help desk.

The open text fields have strict word counts and you will not be able to submit if you exceed the maximums.

You may choose to work in a word document and cut and paste into the text fields. Keep in mind that you will not be able to retain any formatting such as bolds, italics, underlines, indented lists, or tables. For titles we suggest “quotation marks” or CAPITAL letters.

You can edit your application, save it, and leave the system altogether to come back later to pick-up where you left-off. Just don’t forget to click Save.

You can begin working on any part of the application. You can start with the Budget if you like. Just click on any of the tabs and that will take you to that part of the application.


Notes feature

If you want some feedback on a draft of your application prior to the deadline, you can use the “Notes” section on the left-had column to write a note to a program consultant.


So that’s it for today’s tutorials.  Next time we’ll walk you through how to complete and submit your application.


For assistance, call 204-945-2237 or (toll-free) 1-866-994-ARTS (2787) or email