Frequently Asked Questions

In December 2019, the Government of Manitoba announced that the Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) will administer nine grant programs previously offered by the Arts Branch of the Department of Sport, Culture, and Heritage (the Department).

We are extremely excited by the opportunity that this presents, as now, a significant portion of Manitoba’s arts funding will be under one roof.

This will support a more holistic understanding of the arts in Manitoba and allow arts funding to be more aligned with the needs and practices of our arts community. It will improve the delivery of these vital programs while eliminating confusion over which agency funds which activity.

For the purpose of this FAQ, the nine programs previously offered by the Arts Branch of the Department of Sport, Culture, and Heritage will be referred to as the programs previously offered by the Department.

Are MAC’s programs changing?

You may notice some changes to our existing programs as we work to fully integrate the programs previously offered by the Department of Sport, Culture, and Heritage’s Arts Branch.

The Share- Artists in Communities program and the Indigenous 360 – Share program have been expanded to support activity formerly funded by the Department.

We will continue to communicate how MAC’s program structure will evolve as we work to fully integrate all programs into our processes in future years.

Are the programs previously offered by the Department changing?

We are working to fully integrate the programs previously offered by the Department into our existing program structure.

As a result, the Arts Development Project Support Program and the Indigenous Cultural Initiatives Program have merged into the Share-Artists in Communities program and the Indigenous 360-Share program, respectively.

We invite applicants interested in applying to either of these programs to create a profile on MAC’s Online Application System.

MAC will continue to accept applications for the Indigenous Cultural Initiatives Program and Arts Development Project Support Program (only if submitted from a remote community) until March 11, 2021. We will not be able to review applications received after that date.

We will continue to communicate how programs previously offered by the Department will evolve as we work to fully integrate all programs into our processes in future years.

Direct Deposit: We cannot offer direct deposit at this time. If you are awarded a grant, you will receive a cheque for each installment.

Notification of award/decline: After a decision is reached on your application, you will receive an email notification.

Who do I report to?

If you are reporting on a project funded in 2019 through the Department, communicate with the Department to submit your report and receive your second installment.

Reporting instructions are found in the guidelines of the program that you applied to.

Reports for projects funded as of 2020 are to be submitted to MAC by email.

Whom do I speak to about my next application?

The helpdesk of the Manitoba Arts Council is available during office hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to assist you with any questions you may have. You can contact the helpdesk by email (helpdesk@artscouncil.mb.ca) or by calling our toll-free number: 1-866-994-ARTS (2787).

Are you accepting new clients?

Any eligible organization may apply to Arts Development Project Support program and/or the Indigenous Cultural Initiatives program until March 11, 2021*. All other programs previously offered by the Department are fully subscribed and submissions to those programs from new applicants are not eligible at this time.

* Activities funded through these programs are now covered by the Share – Artists in Communities program and the Indigenous 360 – Share program respectively.

Can an individual apply to programs previously offered by the Department?

No. Only organizations are eligible to apply to the programs previously offered by the Department.

Can I apply both to MAC programs and to the programs previously offered by the Department for the same project?

Yes. If you are eligible to apply for a MAC grant and for a grant previously offered by the Department, you may apply to both programs for the same eligible activity. Note: You cannot request support for the same expenses in more than one application.

Do I need to create a profile in MAC’s Online Application System to apply to programs previously offered by the Department?

To apply to one of MAC’s existing granting programs, you must create a profile in our Online Application System.

If you are applying for project funding previously eligible under the Arts Development Project Support program or the Indigenous Cultural Initiatives program, you are now invited to submit an application to the Share – Artists in Communities program or the Indigenous 360 – Share program. To do so, you will need to create a profile in our Online Application System.

You will not need a profile in our system if you are applying for operating support funding previously offered by the Department.

We will continue to communicate how MAC’s program structure will evolve as we work to fully integrate all programs into our processes in future years.

I see that MAC has a $30,000 annual cap on awards to a single applicant. Does this policy apply to me?

Yes. Project applicants may receive MAC grants totaling up to a maximum level of $30,000 in a calendar year.

Funding received through operating programs does not count towards this maximum.

Do the resources available under the Grants section of MAC’s website apply to the programs previously offered by the Department?

These resources were developed with MAC’s existing programs in mind. They may be useful but might not necessarily be relevant to those applying to grants previously offered by the Department. As MAC is fully integrating all programs into its existing program structure, resources will be developed to meet all needs.

Am I eligible to apply for Accessibility-Financial Assistance if I am applying to a program previously offered by the Department?

Yes. If you are submitting an application to a program previously offered by the Department and you meet the eligibility criteria for the Accessibility-Financial Assistance, you may apply for additional support.

Will applications to programs previously offered by the Department be peer assessed?

MAC uses the peer assessment process to award most grants. That means that qualified artists and arts professionals make the funding decisions.

Our peer assessment processes were developed so that applicants will have confidence their applications are assessed fairly.

Refer to the Peer Assessment Handbook for more information.

Applications to Operating Support programs previously offered by the Department will be assessed internally based on the existing criteria.

Where do you list grant recipients?

Information on our awarded grants can be found under the Grant Results page of MAC’s website. These results will include the successful applicants of the programs previously offered by the Department who have applied for a grant as of January 1, 2020.

For more information please contact:

Help Desk, Manitoba Arts Council
525-93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3B1
Telephone: (204) 945-2237
Toll-Free: 1 (866) 994-2787

helpdesk@artscouncil.mb.ca