Grant Name: Arts Equity Funding Initiative







This program helps emerging and established professional artists from designated communities who have historically faced barriers to accessing funding support. Designed to support artistic growth, development, production and dissemination, the initiative is available to the following designated communities of artists:

  • Indigenous (Mi’kmaq as well as other First Nations, Métis and Inuit)
  • Culturally diverse (African Nova Scotian and other visible minorities of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and mixed racial descents)
  • Artists who are deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness


  • Professional artists.
  • Professional arts organizations.
  • Ad-hoc groups: a group of three or more professional artists (majority living in Nova Scotia) who are creating a new work together. Note: one group member will need to accept the funds and will receive a T4A slip
  • Non-profit organizations registered in Nova Scotia employing professional artists for a project

Applicants must complete a self-identification form to demonstrate eligibility. This form will not be shared with the Peer Assessment Committee. Its contents will be confidential, and privacy of information will be protected.

The definition of professional is determined by the Status of the Artist Act including but not limited to the following criteria:

  • To have peer recognition
  • To have a history of public presentation
  • To have training appropriate to the artist’s chosen discipline (including self-taught and/or apprenticeship training)
  • To earn income, fully or in part, from artistic activity
  • To demonstrate serious intent and devotion of energy to practicing art

Applicants must also be:

  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
  • Residents of Nova Scotia for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline.
  • Outside the province temporarily and not away for no more than 12 months.

Applicants who apply to this program are also eligible to apply for funding to other Arts Nova Scotia programs

How to Apply?

Send your application to according to the instructions below. You can watch our YouTube tutorial Submitting Your Application Over Email for more detailed instructions.

Before Sending Your Email

  • Include your name on all files
  • Number your files in the order they should be opened (application forms have a list of required documents in order)
  • Ensure your page limits and file sizes are in line with the program guidelines
  • Upload large audio and video files to a streaming service such as YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud

When Submitting

  • Address your email to
  • Submit by 11:59pm the day of the deadline
  • Send one application per email
  • Subject line should be: “Your Name – Program Name – Category”
  • Keep attachments under 25MB
  • Do not attach large audio or video files; include a streaming link in the body of the email
  • Do not duplicate your application; do not send an additional hard copy

If you are unable to submit by email, contact the program officer.

Funding Amount

  • Create – $15,000 Max.
  • Supports projects to develop or create new work.
  • Present $12,000 Max.
  • Supports the public presentation of artists’ work.
  • Professional Development – $12,000 Max.
  • Provides funding to strengthen artistic or administrative capacity through formal study programs, mentorship, workshops, apprenticeship, conference, and other professional development activity

A special travel grant can be awarded in the same 12-month period as a Create, Present or Professional Development grant.

  • Special Travel – $1,000 Max.
  • Assists with travel costs that do not fit into one of the categories above but relates to the development of artistic activity or a significant artistic opportunity
  • Only artists who have previously obtained funding from Arts Nova Scotia are eligible to apply for a Special Travel Grant

Support material is not necessary.

Contact Information

Enrique Ferreol (he/him/they), Program Officer
Cell (902) 219-4669 / Office (902) 424-6472 |

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