Accessibility – Financial Assistance for Awarded Projects

If you have received or are applying for a Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) grant and are Deaf or living with a disability, or you represent a Deaf and disability arts/cultural group or organization, you can apply for financial assistance to help cover the costs of disability-related services and supports necessary to complete your project.

Financial assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be provided if funds are available. Funds can either be paid directly to the applicant or to the service provider.

  • Deadline: any time between starting your application and submitting your final report (within 18 months of receiving your grant notification)
  • Amount: up to $2,000 per grant

Download the Request Form


Who can apply for assistance?

An individual who:

  • is Deaf or living with a disability
  • is submitting a MAC grant application or has received a MAC grant

A group or an organization that:

  • is a Deaf and disability arts/cultural group or organization
  • represents and is led by individuals who are Deaf or living with a disability
  • is submitting a MAC grant application or has received a MAC grant

NOTE: Recipients of MAC’s Support – Operate grant are not eligible for Accessibility Financial Support.

Eligible expenses:

  • sign language interpretation
  • personal attendants, support workers, guides, and readers’ fees
  • transcription services
  • transportation or specialized equipment
  • accommodation and travel costs
  • capital expenses related to the project
  • other disability-related supports and services connected to the project

Ineligible expenses

  • supports for which an applicant has already received MAC funding
  • anything not connected to the project

How do I request assistance?

Because financial assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, we strongly recommend that you contact MAC Help Desk before incurring expenses.

  1. Approach service provider(s) for quote
  2. Submit your request form and quote to MAC Help Desk

If you have already incurred expenses and have received an invoice, you can submit this instead of a quote with your request form.

If you would like MAC to pay the financial assistance funds directly to the service provider, and you have multiple service providers, you must submit an individual form for each service provider.

There are three ways to contact MAC:

  1. Fill out the form and e-mail it to helpdesk@artscouncil.mb.ca
  2. Phone, email, or fax the MAC Help Desk
  3. Visit us in person

Help Desk, Manitoba Arts Council
525-93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3B1
helpdesk@artscouncil.mb.ca

How will my request be assessed?

Requests for financial assistance are reviewed by MAC staff on the following criteria:

  • a reasonable budget
  • availability of funds

Your request for financial assistance is confidential and will not impact the assessment of your current or future grant applications. Financial assistance does not appear in our grants listing.

Financial assistance is not included in MAC’s annual $30K grant limit.

I’ve submitted my request – what’s next?

If you’ve already been awarded a MAC grant: you will be contacted within two weeks of submitting your request.

If your MAC grant hasn’t been awarded yet: you will be contacted within two weeks of receiving your grant results.

  • If your grant is awarded, and financial assistance funds are available, you will receive the funds within 15 business days.
  • If your grant is declined, you will not receive financial assistance.

Funds can be paid either to the applicant or directly to the service provider.

Download the Request Form