COVID-19 | Frequently Asked Questions

The Manitoba Arts Council recognizes that the COVID-19 outbreak may affect potential grant applicants and grant recipients. If you are a potential applicant or grant recipient, please consult the FAQ below for details related to COVID-19.

Q: Are any of MAC’s programs, procedures,  or deadlines changing?

A: Yes.

  • MAC has recently assumed nine new programs previously offered by the Arts Branch of the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage. This, coupled with new administrative requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic, means MAC may not be able to respond to enquiries as quickly as usual nor provide consultation or feedback on grant applications during this time. Announcements of grant results may also be delayed.
  • MAC has suspended the April 15, 2020, June 1, 2020, and July 15, 2020 deadlines for Learn – Travel/Professional Development. The next deadline for this program is September 1, 2020. This program largely supports projects that include travel and/or gatherings, which are both not possible in the current context.
  • MAC launched a new micro-grants program, Share-Connecting at a Distance, to rapidly support artists to connect with each other and their communities during these challenging times. The second deadline to apply to Share – Connecting at a Distance program is June 15, 2020.

Q: Can I be awarded a grant from the Manitoba Arts Council and still be eligible to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?

Arts grants are considered income. Any earnings have an impact on either your eligibility to receive the CERB or the amount you receive from it.

We recommend that you contact the federal government directly to answer any questions you may have.

Q: I have received a project grant and now must make changes or cancel the project due to COVID-19. Will I be required to repay the grant? 

A: If the project is cancelled and can’t be rescheduled, MAC will not require repayment of unrecoverable costs. Please contact MAC’s Helpdesk for instructions on how to provide support for unrecoverable costs. Repayment will be required for unexpended amounts.  For changes to projects, please contact MAC’s Helpdesk for instructions on how to report changes.  


Q: I have received a project grant and now have additional project expenses due to COVID-19. Am I able to apply for additional funds for the project?

A: No, MAC is not able to provide supplemental funding.


Q: I have submitted an application, which has not been reviewed yet. Can I add additional COVID-19 related information?

A: Yes, you may either withdraw the application or if you’d like the project to go forward but have updated information related to COVID-19, please contact MAC’s Helpdesk. Only information that is relevant to the assessment (e.g., you are cancelling touring dates in affected regions but have added dates elsewhere) will be brought forward, and only if it is received prior to the jury process.