Call for Submissions 

Guelph Arts Council is presenting a new opportunity for all artists, musicians, writers and creators in the Guelph-Wellington Community to submit applications for the Pay it Forward Fund. The fund totals $5,000 per year for the next four years and will support one or more projects per year. This award will help local artists, in any discipline, fund art projects that pay it forward and benefit the community. 

The award is the gift of artist Barbara Salsberg Mathews and her husband, Bruce Mathews. It is designed to encourage artists to rise to the challenge and pay it forward by using their talents to benefit others and the Guelph community.

Who is Eligible

Any artist (or group of artists) working in Guelph in the creative sector is invited to submit proposals for creative projects that pay it forward and benefit the community. (All artistic mediums are welcome to apply).

What is Eligible

Guelph-Wellington area artists are invited to submit proposals for creative projects that focus on improving lives and thereby enriching our community. The award could take many forms by using the arts to heal, give a hand-up, help build self-esteem, beautify our environment, or enrich and improve others’ lives. These projects must be original in nature (this fund does not support events, projects or programs that have already been established) and cannot have begun prior to the award being granted. 

Amount of Award

This grant will fund one or more projects of up to $5000.

How to Apply

Artists are welcome to apply through our online application form found at the bottom of this page. If you would like a hardcopy application form, please contact [email protected] 

Deadline for Application

Applications must be received no later than June 27th, 2022 at 11:59pm

Selections will be made by a Jury, applicants will be notified before July 30th,  2022

Submission Requirements: 

  • General contact Information 
  • Project Proposal (Max. 1000 words – See below for more details) 
  • 5 -10 samples of your work, this can take the shape of images, video, audio files or word documents and other mediums in a digital format.
  • Bio and/or Cv 
  • Project Budget (See below for more details)
  • 2 references who can speak to your artistic practice and/or your ability to execute a project of this type. 

Proposal Details

Please submit a written proposal (Max 1000 words) outlining your project, a general timeline for completion and the impact of your project (please specify who will be involved and engaging with the project). Please include the specific ways your project will give back to the community, and how you intend to execute the project. 

Budget Details 

An outlined budget of expenses that the project will cost to conduct. Expenses can include and are not limited to; Materials, resources, equipment, installation fees, artist fees, space rental, and more. Please contact [email protected] with any budget related questions.ty


If you have any questions about the Pay it Forward Arts Fund please attend our Q&A session on Wednesday, June 1st  at 7:00pm online through this zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87648876075

Questions can be submitted by email in advance to [email protected], please title your email “Q&A – PIFF 2022”.

Pay it Forward Arts Fund Application Form

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