Funding available for visual artists and youth projects this fall

by GAC

Visual artists seeking professional development opportunities should take note of the October 15, 2018 deadline to apply for up to $500 through the GAC Jane Graham Memorial Award.

Youth, or other artists/organizations wishing to create, expand or enhance opportunities for youth to engage in the arts, should note the November 15, 2018 deadline to apply for up to $500 through the GAC Youth Opportunities Award.

Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Award

Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm for paper applications and 11:59 pm for online applications

Jane Graham was a much-loved and respected visual artist living and working in the Guelph area for many years prior to her untimely death early in 2005. Donations to Guelph Arts Council in her memory made possible the creation of Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation. With funds generated annually and granted to Guelph Arts Council from The Guelph Community Foundation, Guelph Arts Council annually offers an award for a visual artist(s) to pursue professional development opportunities that will contribute to individual personal artistic growth.

Please note that our offices are typically closed Monday BUT the building is open and you can still drop your paper applications off. Staff may be present in which case, leave it with us, and if the door is closed, please slide applications under the door. We welcome and encourage online applications.

Download/print paper application (Word)>

Download/print paper application (PDF)>

Apply online>

View list of past recipients and the opportunities funded by this award>

Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Award

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018


Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Fund was initially established as a result of the financial success of Youth in Performance presentations that Guelph Arts Council sponsored between 1980 and 1990. Additions to the fund were made over the years, and awards were extended to graduating Guelph high school students in recognition of talent, excellence and creativity in the visual or performing arts. In 2005, the awards program was discontinued and Guelph Arts Council began to assess how best to support youth in the arts. At the same time, in order to get the best return on investment, the capital of the fund was turned over to The Guelph Community Fund to manage. Commencing in 2009, through funds generated from Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation, Guelph Arts Council offers an award(s) that will initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth to experience or become engaged in the arts.

Download/print paper application here (Word)>

Download/print paper application here (PDF)>

Apply online (Terms of Reference included in online application as well) >

See a list of past recipients>

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