General Guidelines

The Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) offers 14 grants that fund different kinds of arts and cultural activities. Each grant has its own specific set of guidelines and application form. This document outlines important information that is relevant to many of the 14 grants.

When applying for a MAC grant, use these general guidelines alongside the guidelines specific to each grant.

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How to Apply

1. Online through Manipogo

MAC has an online application system called Manipogo where you can draft and submit grant applications and manage documents related to awarded grants, such as funding agreements and final reports.

In order to apply online, you need to have a valid profile in Manipogo.

Watch our video tutorials for step-by-step instructions on how to create a profile in Manipogo:

For more information, please visit our How to Apply webpage.

2. Offline applications (PDF and paper forms)

You can also request paper or PDF application forms.

To request a PDF or paper application form, contact or call toll free 1-866-994-2787.

Accessibility fund

If you are D/deaf or living with a disability, or you represent a D/deaf and disability arts groups or organization, you can apply for financial assistance to help cover the costs of disability-related services and supports necessary to complete an application or an awarded project.

This includes:

  • creating a profile in Manipogo (Profile Assistance);
  • completing an application (Application Assistance);
  • submitting a final report (Final Report Assistance); or
  • completing a project funded through a MAC program (Awarded Project Assistance)

See MAC’s Accessibility page for details.


Applicant types

MAC accepts applications from applicants who are:

MAC also accepts nominations for our Recognize – Prizes program. Any person, group, or organization that has no conflict of interest with the nominee can submit a nomination.

Definitions for each applicant type can be found on our Glossary webpage.

Ineligible applicants

The following organizations are generally ineligible to apply for all Manitoba Arts Council grants:

  • Museums and Heritage groups
  • Libraries
  • Organizations, affiliated with large institutions, that are not financially, curatorially, and artistically independent
  • Municipalities and sub-committees of municipalities
  • Charitable Foundations
  • Organizations that directly or indirectly receive ongoing funding from the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage.

Manitoba residents

To apply for a MAC grant, you must have a permanent physical address in Manitoba. You also must have lived in Manitoba for at least one full year before applying for a MAC grant.

If you live in Manitoba, you can be absent from the province for up to one year if:

  • the absence is temporary (for example: because of an artistic opportunity, or because you’re in school);
  • you do not apply for public funding from the province or country where you are temporarily living.

Grant amounts and application limits

  • You can only receive up to $30,000 of MAC grants within a calendar year.*
  • Only one application can be submitted per grant deadline (except for Share – Artists in Schools grants).
  • The project or activity that you need funding for must begin after the application is submitted.
  • When applying for multiple grants, you cannot apply for funding to cover the same expenses twice.
  • You cannot apply for more grants if you have a final report overdue from previous grants (which due within 18 months of being awarded).
  • If your grant application is not awarded, you can submit your project again for a later deadline.

*Grants received through the Share — Tour, Support — Strengthen, Support – Operate, Support – Community Impact, and the Recognize — Prizes programs are excluded the $30,000 limit.

Ineligible activity

The following activities are ineligible in most of MAC’s programs, with some exceptions:

  • Activities carried out by groups and organizations that are not planning to pay fees or royalties to artists according to the standards of the arts practice or sector
  • Commercial production work in any discipline, activity whose intention is not primarily art, but the production of products to sell
  • In general, the Manitoba Arts Council does not fund music recording with the exception of the Indigenous 360 grants
  • Assistant directing
  • Fundraising activities
  • Contributions to endowment funds
  • Contests
  • Industrial or corporate projects
  • Student-led projects (except for Share — Artists in Schools grants)
  • Membership or subscription costs
  • Activities that do not employ a majority of Manitoban professional artists, arts/cultural workers, or Indigenous Knowledge Keepers
  • Touring outside the province of Manitoba
  • Publication of previously published material
  • Self-publication
  • Activities that are predominantly political, religious, academic, or sports-related

*Music recording and other commercial production work may be eligible for funding through Manitoba Film & Music’s grant programs.

Components of a grant application

Project information

Every grant’s application form has unique questions related to your proposed project.

Read the grant-specific guidelines to know what information to include in your applicant.


For most MAC grant applications, you must complete a budget form. A standard budget form is used for most MAC grant applications and some sections may not apply to your project. Include brief explanations of items within the budget by using the description fields, if necessary.

Check the grant-specific guidelines to see if a budget is a component of your application.

MAC uses the following guidelines for determining expenses:

  • Mileage: 45 cents per kilometer
  • Living expenses: approximately $2,500 per month, but may vary based on your location, living situation, and other factors
  • Per diems: $60 per day

Note: In your budget, the total revenues must match the total expenses.

Support material

Most MAC grants require you to submit support material. These are samples of your current work that help give context for your grant application. They may include the work or activities of other artists or collaborators involved in your project.

For more details on support materials, see our Support Materials webpage.

Check the grant-specific guidelines to see if support material is a component of your application.


For some grant applications, you will be asked to describe who will be involved or participating in the project. Explain why you chose to work with them and what they bring to the project. You will also be asked to include “bios” — a short description of who the person is, what they do, and what experiences or credentials they have — for key collaborators.

Check the grant-specific guidelines to see if the collaborators section is a component of your application.

Application tips

MAC occasionally publishes blogs and tutorials to help you put together the best application possible. You can find these at:

Have an idea for a topic we should cover? Let us know by emailing

Submitting your application

Submitting applications through Manipogo

Your application must be submitted online before 11:59 pm CST on the deadline date. We recommend that you submit your application during MAC’s office hours when staff is available to help in case you need assistance (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Extend button: if you need more time to finish your application, you can automatically give yourself two (2) additional days to submit your application by clicking the “Extend” button on the bottom right corner of the application.

Submitting an application in French

MAC welcomes applications in both official languages. When MAC receives applications in French, we select bilingual assessors who are familiar with your discipline and activities to sit on the assessment panel. An assessment panel that includes at least one French application will have a minimum of one bilingual assessor.

Portions of the application will also be translated into English for non-French speaking assessors. Support material will not be translated.

When parts of an application need to be translated, you have two options:

  1. MAC will translate the application for you
  2. You can hire a translator of your choice and MAC will then repay you at a rate of $0.27 per word. MAC will let you know which portions need translation.

For more details on how MAC processes and assesses applications submitted in French, read our French Services webpage.

Assessment process

MAC uses a peer assessment process to make decisions on who receives funding. Assessment panels include professional artists, arts/cultural professionals, and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers who can speak about the different kinds of projects and activities within the eligible applications for any given grant deadline.

For a few grants that are time-sensitive and have restricted grant amounts, MAC program consultants assess the applications and decide who is awarded internally.

Assessors decide which applications are awarded based on several different factors, including:

  • artistic merit (the project’s artistic value)
  • impact (how it will affect your communities)
  • feasibility (how possible it is to complete the project)

Assessors will look over all eligible applications, including support material. MAC then gives them an evaluation rubric. Refer to your grant’s specific guidelines for details on the rubric.

All assessors that participate in a panel are listed in the annual Grants Listing on our website. However, MAC does not disclose which assessors served on which panels.

For more information, read MAC’s Peer Assessment Handbook.

Grant results

The granting process is competitive and funds are limited. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be awarded all or any of the amount you’ve requested.

You will receive an email from MAC with the funding decisions within three months of the deadline date.

There are three possible decisions:

  • Awarded
  • Declined with merit
  • Declined

If your application is awarded, congratulations! You must log into your Manipogo profile and complete the funding agreement to receive your grant. Your name and the amount of your grant will be published on the MAC website and in MAC’s annual Grants Listing.

Note: MAC must approve any large changes to a project. If the project is significantly changed without approval, MAC has the right to rescind your grant.

If your application is declined with merit, it means that the assessment panel would have awarded your project if they had the funding. Twice a year, MAC takes the money from rescinded grants and grants it to applicants who were declined with merit, starting with the highest scoring applications. Your name and the amount of your grant will be published on the MAC website and in MAC’s annual Grants Listing, but it will not say that your project was originally declined with merit.

If your application is declined, you can request feedback from a MAC program consultant to learn how you can improve your application. Declined applications remain confidential.

Grant payment

Grants are paid in two instalments. The first payment is 90% of the award and will be paid once you have completed the funding agreement, but no earlier than one month before to the start date of your project. If you applied on behalf of an arts group or an organization, your grant will be made payable in the group or the organization’s name. A bank account in the group or organization’s name is required.

The second payment is the last 10% of the award and will be paid once the applicant’s final report has been approved by MAC.

If you are awarded a grant but can’t complete your project, contact MAC to discuss repaying your unused funds. Once a rescind has been processed, it cannot be reversed.

Acknowledgement of support

You must acknowledge MAC’s financial support of your project on all materials related to your grant, including websites, brochures, posters, and social media graphics. See MAC’s logo standards for more information.


For taxation purposes, you will receive a T4A slip if the total of all grants you’ve received in the past calendar year is $500 or more. When grants are awarded to groups, a T4A slip will be issued to the name of the group.

MAC cannot provide advice on the income tax implications of your grant. We recommend that you speak with a financial advisor to determine how the grant you receive will impact your personal or business income taxes. The payment terms of a grant may also have an impact on the calculation of the taxes payable.

Reporting requirements

You must submit a final report when your project is finished, or within 18 months of an award date. If you have not submitted a final report within 18 months, you cannot submit any more applications until the overdue report is approved.

The final report will be available to fill out through Manipogo profile after you submit your funding agreement.

Note: You do not need to submit receipts for project expenses with your final report, but MAC reserves the right to request them in case of an audit.

Use of personal information

Information you provide, including contact information, becomes part of MAC’s database. MAC is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), and this information is protected under the Act.

You can choose to complete the voluntary identification portion of the applicant profile. This information will not be used in the assessment process and will not be seen by assessors. This information will only be used to monitor how well MAC grants reflect the full diversity of the residents of Manitoba.

See MAC’s Use of Personal Information for more information.

The content of submitted applications are confidential and the names of unsuccessful applicants are not released.