The Professional Project Grants Program (PPGP) is available to Individual Professional Artists, Collaborations of Individual Professional Artists, and Professional Arts Groups. This program supports the creation and/or presentation of works of art in the disciplines of dance, film, music, multidisciplinary arts, theatre, visual arts, or writing. Grants support project costs related to creation, production, administration, travel, professional development, etc. $550,000 is awarded annually; $275,000 is available to be awarded across all arts disciplines in each grant session (Due dates March 15th and September 15th).
PPGP grant categories:
- New Professional Artist or Group:
- Maximum request $4,000; An individual artist with less than three years professional arts practice post education, or a group in which at least half of the members each has less than three years professional arts practice post education.
- Established Professional Artist or Group:
- Maximum request $10,000; An individual with more than three years professional arts practice post education, or a group in which at least half of the members each has more than three years professional arts practice post education.
- Successful applicants will be awarded a minimum of 75% of the funding requested. Applicants can be awarded ONE grant through the PPGP in a 12 month period.
Professional arts practice includes activities in which an artist works on a creative artistic project, and makes income from that activity, and/or the presentation of the results of that activity in the artistic discipline in which funds are being requested in an application.
Post education typically falls into two categories:
- For individuals who undertake formal arts studies, it refers to when he/she has completed studies and/or is no longer a full time student in an arts training program.
- For individuals who are self-taught, or work in an art practice that does not include formal training, it would refer to secondary school, or after the individual reaches the age of 18.
The Professional Project Grants Program (PPGP) is available to Individual Professional Artists, Collaborations of Individual Professional Artists, and Professional Arts Groups.
Definition of a professional artist:
A person shall be considered to be a professional artist if that person satisfies 4 of the following criteria, including at least one of the criteria referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c):
- a) the person receives or has received compensation which can be included in professional orbusiness income;
- b) the person has a record of income or loss relevant to the history of his or her work and appropriate to the span of his or her artistic career;
- c) the person has received public or peer recognition by publicly disseminated critical reviews or appraisals or by similar means;
- d) the person has presented his or her work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, screenings, performances, readings, or by other means appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
- e) the person is represented by a dealer, publisher, agent or similar professional representative appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
- f) the person devotes a reasonable proportion of his or her professional time to promoting or marketing his or her work;
- g) the person (i) has received professional training in an educational institution from a practitioner recognized in his or her profession, or (ii) is self-taught within the established practices of the person’s cultural traditions;
- h) the person has membership in a professional association, appropriate to his or her artistic activity, (i) whose membership is or categories of membership are limited under standards of the association, or (ii) which is a trade union or equivalent appropriate to his or her artistic activity; and
- i) the person holds copyright in his or her own work and has received royalty or residual payment based on that copyright.
Definition of a professional arts group:
- A group of individual artists who work in one or more of the artistic disciplines supported by ArtsNL:
- that has the creation and/or presentation of works of art as its primary activity
- that is composed of at least two individuals
- that has all members meeting ArtsNL’s definition of a professional artist
- that charges artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
- that pays individual members artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
- that has internal oversight of the group’s finances and can produce an annual financial statement
Residency, Age, and Activity Requirements:
Professional individual artist:
- Must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident Status
- Must be a current resident of Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of twelve consecutive months at the time of submitting an application
- Must be at least 18 years of age or hold post-secondary standing
Professional arts groups:
- Must have been active in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of one year at the time of submitting an application
- Must have actively engaged in professional arts activities within the last year
- Must have at least half its members residing in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Must have at least half its members who are at least 18 years of age, or have post-secondary standing
There are two deadlines per year:
- March 15 for projects starting on/after May 15
- September 15 for projects starting on/after November 15
If an application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day.
How to Apply
Complete applications MUST be submitted online using the ArtsNL Online Application System by 11:59pm on the application deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Payment Process and Project Completion
A final report on all projects funded by ArtsNL is typically required within three months of the project end date listed on the application form. However, if an artist or group seeks new funding from ArtsNL, the final report requirements listed above apply. A final report form will automatically become available within your ArtsNL Online Application System profile.