Funding Opportunities for Artists

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Banff Centre's Artists' Fund provides funding support to artists in many of our programs (see the Fees section on each program page for information about funding available). In addition, for your convenience, we have compiled a list of national and international opportunities that may help you fund your experience at Banff Centre. You may also wish to contact your provincial or municipal arts council for more information. We are always looking to expand our links section, so please do contact us with any suggestions.

  Office of the Registrar

Banff Centre Funding

Banff Centre Scholarship Fund

Thanks to generous donations by individuals and corporations, and to Banff Centre revenues, financial assistance is available for qualified participants to attend Banff Centre programs. Funding is only applicable to the residency fee and on-campus accommodation and meals. There are no cash awards.

 

The Benediktson Fellowship Fund for International Artists

Through the generous support of the Benediktson family, these fellowships are available, with preference, to Icelandic and Mexican artists to pursue independent residencies with the goal of advancing current projects or creating new work. The Fellowships may also support these artists to attend annual programs within all artistic disciplines. The Fellowships are awarded centrally through Banff Centre Arts Programming Office and on the recommendation from the department director. If you wish to be considered, you need to have a citizenship of the country with a preference of still residing there. 

The Maria Francisca Josepha Brouwer Scholarship Endowment fund for Dutch Musicians

Through the generous support of Irene M. Bakker, Banff Centre has financial assistance available to program participants from The Netherlands who attend Banff Centre's music or opera programs. The scholarship will be awarded with a preference for classical voice, but all instruments will be given consideration.

Paul D. Fleck Fellowships

Banff Centre grants Paul D. Fleck Fellowships to artists whose unique achievements and innovation distinguish them in the arts community. The Fellowships recognize the achievement of these gifted artists by providing them the opportunity to create new work using the unique resources of Banff Centre to develop and refine their projects. The Paul D. Fleck Scholarship Trust was named in honour of this former president of Banff Centre (1982-1992). The Fellowships are awarded centrally through Banff Centre Arts Programming Office and on the recommendation from the department director. 

The Raul Urtasun - Frances Harley Scholarship for Young Emerging Artists from Argentina

Through the generous support of Raul Urtasun and Frances Harley, Banff Centre is accepting applications for the Raul Urtasun - Frances Harley Scholarship for Young Emerging Artists from Argentina. Learn more.

The Sir Jack Lyons Scholarship for the Arts

The generous support of the Sir Jack Lyons Scholarship for the Arts provides financial assistance annually to one or more artists from Israel in the discipline of music, dance, or film. The scholarship provides the opportunity to participate in programming, receive mentorship, and create new work at Banff Centre. The successful applicants will have diverse opportunities to showcase their work and to share their culture with peers and audiences from around the world. 

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid application form when applying for a program.

Canada

General

Indigenous Arts

Media + Production

Literary Arts

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Literary Arts project grant
  • British Columbia Arts Council Project assistance for creative writers
  • Manitoba Arts Council Literary Arts writers’ grants
  • Ontario Arts CouncilSubventions pour les projets de création littéraire francophones
  • Ontario Arts Council Word of Mouth program for literary and storytelling artists
  • Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Work in Progress program
  • Toronto Arts Council Writers Grants for Individual Artists (fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and oral traditions)

Performing Arts

Music

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Music project grant
  • British Columbia Arts Council
  • Manitoba Arts Council Performing arts grants
  • Ontario Arts Council Music commissioning grants
  • Toronto Arts Council Project Funding  

Dance

Theatre

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Theatre project grant
  • British Columbia Arts Council Project assistance for theatre professionals
  • Manitoba Arts Council Performing arts grants
  • Ontario Arts Council Subventions pour les projets franco-ontariens
  • Ontario Arts Council Theatre project grants
  • Toronto Arts Council project and playwrights grants

Visual + Digital Arts

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual arts project grant
  • British Columbia Arts Council Project assistance for visual artists
  • Ontario Arts Council Grants for emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists, and for visual and media arts projects
  • Toronto Arts Council Visual Artist project funding

For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Travel Grants

Travel grants at The Canada Council for the Arts are open to professional artists through their respective disciplines. Artists may apply any time before departure date, and should apply as early as possible if they wish to receive results before departure (6-12 weeks in advance, depending on the program).

  • Canada Council for the Arts

Many Provincial Arts Councils also offer travel grants, through their core funding programs to artists or through specific travel or tour grants. In cases where no specific travel grants are listed, we recommend calling a program officer at your local arts council to discuss what options exist in your region.

 

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