Grant Programs

The Saskatchewan Arts Board has established adjudication procedures for all funding programs to ensure applications are assessed by qualified people.

Deadlines vary from program to program. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by the deadline date, as indicated in the program's application package.

Information submitted in grant applications is collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. View our full confidentiality statement here.

Questions? Check the Grants and Funding FAQs.

The Access Copyright Foundation provides grants to publishers, individual creators and publishing, writing and visual arts organizations.

  • Application closing date for Events Grants: November 1
  • Application closing date for Marian Hebb Research Grants: February 15
  • Application closing date for Professional Development Grants: April 1

Saskatchewan Arts Board programs and services are available to everyone in the province, but some people may face barriers to accessing them. That could mean extra costs to attend our events, work in our online application system or complete Arts Board-funded projects.

Our Accessibility Fund helps people facing barriers, such as those who are Deaf, have a disability, live with mental illness or whose primary language is not English, to access our programs and services.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board is grateful to the Government of Saskatchewan, through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, for their support of this fund, which is offered without removing funds from our other programs.

The Accessibility Fund offers Access Support and Project Support.

Access Support

For people who experience barriers:

  • creating an account on our online application portal,
  • completing and submitting a grant application on our online application portal,
  • completing and submitting an interim or final report on our online application portal, or
  • attending an Arts Board event in-person or online.

Access Support provides funds for services to overcome the above barriers. This support is available to anyone eligible to apply to our programs, regardless of whether they end up submitting an application or if the resulting application is successful.

Because Access Support funds are paid directly to support providers, they do not impact the applicant’s taxable income. Providers must submit an invoice showing the name of the individual, the hourly rate and accessibility services provided, as well as which Arts Board activity the support was provided for, and the grant application number (if applicable).

To request Access Support, contact any Arts Board Program Consultant or Administrative Coordinator.

Project Support

Individuals or collectives[1] applying for Arts Board funding in the Independent Artists (IA) or Indigenous/Métis Art and Artists (IMAA) programs may request Project Support. These funds cover expenses related to accommodations for barriers and are not used toward other project costs. They also do not count toward the maximum funding amount for the IA or IMAA programs. They are awarded automatically, based on needs and costs (up to 50% of the grant amount), if the jury funds the application. Project Support funds are not juried.

Project Support funds may be paid directly to a maximum of three independent support providers, so the funds do not impact the recipient’s taxable income. Providers must submit an invoice showing the name of the grant recipient, the hourly rate and accessibility services provided, as well as the grant application number. The invoice is approved by the Arts Board Program Consultant. If the Project Support payment is made directly to the grant recipient, the funds must be included on a T4A provided to the recipient.

There is no special application process for Project Support. Information is included with the individual’s or collective’s application to the IA or IMAA program.

[1]Any collective in which at least one member identifies as requiring special supports may be considered for Project Support regardless of whether the individual requiring accommodation is the lead applicant. Individuals or collectives without one member requiring special supports may not use this funding to increase their accessibility to audience members.

Artists in Communities -- Micro-Development allows organizations access to small amounts of money to: build relationships with potential artists, present “experimental” introductory projects and/or assess community needs, research, and/or develop plans for longer term projects or residencies.

Artists in Communities -- Projects allows eligible applicants to engage in the arts through performances, exhibitions or workshops led by a professional artist(s) or arts professional, and presented either as a series or as a single event and/or to work with an artist in teh research and development of an artistic residency.

Artists in Communities -- Residencies supports community organizations to host a six- to 12-month artist-in-residence project with a professional artist, working in any art form, that involves significant community engagement components. Participating artists take up residence in a community contribute to its cultural life and the community's continual engagement in the arts.

Application closing dates:

  • Micro-Development: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1
  • Projects: November 1 and May 1
  • Residencies: May 1

Artists in Schools offers schools a chance to enhance arts-related activities that are linked to educational outcomes through partnerships with professional artists.

Application closing dates:

  • Micro-Development: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1 
  • Projects: November 1
  • Residencies: May 1

The Culture on the Go program has been operated since 2008 with special funding from the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Unfortunately, that funding was eliminated in the 2017-18 provincial budget. Final report forms for previous grants are available on this page.

The Independent Artists Program supports Saskatchewan artists to pursue their creative work and careers by funding creative, professional development or research projects, and the production and/or presentation of artistic works.

Application closing dates: March 15 and October 1

The Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists program supports the development and continuation of Indigenous Peoples’ art forms in Saskatchewan. 

Application closing date: April 15 and October 15

The Micro-Grant Program provides support to professional artists and arts organizations to achieve outcomes that respond to emergent needs; create access for first-time and underserved applicants; contribute to professional practice and development; and advance the professional arts and artistic practices in Saskatchewan. 

Application closing dates: The first day of each month 

Prince Edward Arts Scholarships provide funding to Saskatchewan students in their development as professional artists or arts administrators.

Application closing date: May 1

Provides funding to professional arts organizations and groups that contributes to arts programs and services, governance, management, administrative and operational functions.

Application closing date: January 15, 2019 

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Artists Awards Program provides financial assistance to Saskatchewan artists to create or develop new work or work in progress.

Closing date: November 15, 2018 December 4, 2018

The SaskFestivals program supports and encourages eligible festival organizations and series presenters in the province that have a positive impact on the arts in Saskatchewan.

  • Application closing date for Development: April 15, 2019
  • Application closing date for Established: April 15, 2019
  • Application closing date for Project: October 15, 2019