PE Government: Applications for arts grants now being accepted
May 15, 2019
Prince Edward Island artists are invited to apply for funding during the spring 2019 round of arts grants.
Applications for funding can be submitted at Arts Grants program for three types of grants: creation, dissemination, and professional development. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 12 at 4 p.m.
“These grants are vital to the overall development of the cultural sector, and the personal development of Island artists,” Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay said. “Hundreds of Island artists have benefitted from this funding over the years and their efforts have further enriched the lives of visitors, and Islanders alike.”
Successful applicants are selected by a six-member jury of their arts community peers, which is modeled on the practice followed by the Canada Council of the Arts. There is $50,000 available in this round of funding, with another round of $50,000 in the fall.
Melissa Mullen’s theatre group, the Homestead Players, which also included Rob MacLean and the late Harry Baglole, was the recipient of a $7,000 creation grant under the program in 2017.
“The PEI Arts Grants program gave the Homestead Players a wonderful opportunity by allowing us time to research and write a script that is very dear to our hearts,” Mullen said. “Harry Baglole had been a friend of the late Dr. Edward Ives, a pioneering American folklorist who wrote four books about PEI folk music. Harry himself has since passed away. We are very grateful that the grant allowed us this last creative endeavor together.”
Since the fall of 2016 the province has supported 72 Island artists with grants totaling $300,000.
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture