Grant Name: Colin MacNee Emergency Fund







The Colin MacNee Emergency Fund (CMEF) was created in memory of an artist member of VANL-CARFAC who tragically lost his life in a house fire in downtown St. John’s in 1989. Through this fund, VANL-CARFAC has assisted artists in times of need and crisis for more than a decade. Money is raised annually to replenish the fund as it is accessed by artists. All applications for funding from the CMEF are strictly confidential and are reviewed by the CMEF committee before approval.


The definition of an eligible emergency is financial need arising from one of the following:

  • Severe illness
  • Accident resulting in inability to work
  • Help with studio replacement in case of a disaster, such as fire, where there is no insurance coverage

To be eligible, the artist must meet the following criteria:

  • A practicing visual artist working more than 50% of their time on their art or art-related activities
  • Not covered by medical insurance other than MCP
  • * Resident of Newfoundland and Labrador

How to Apply?

Applications to the CMEF should be made in writing to the VANL-CARFAC office, 275 Duckworth St, Unit1, St. John’s NL, A1C 1G9 or sent, by email, to

Download and complete a CMEF Application Form.

Once received by the Executive Director, the request for funds is passed on to the CMEF Advisory Committee. The Chair of this committee is a current member of the Board of Directors, who then appoints three other members of the committee, kept confidential from the staff and board of VANL-CARFAC. The members of the committee will be selected from at least two of the following categories:  art patrons, curators, practicing artists, and other individuals with knowledge of the provincial visual arts sector. These members serve for a three-year term. There must be a quorum of three members to make a decision, and a proxy vote is acceptable in case a committee member is absent. The members of this committee are kept confidential due to the sensitive nature of the CMEF.

The advisory committee makes recommendations to the VANL-CARFAC Board of Directors, who have final approval of all CMEF funds. However, all names will be removed from the applications prior to Board approval in order to ensure strict confidentiality.

Once a decision has been made, VANL-CARFAC will notify the applicant in writing, whether they were successful or not. For more information on the CMEF, please

Funding Amount

Applications to the fund can be made for assistance of up to $500 a month for a period of up to 3 months, although re-application to the fund is permitted. If successful, the funds are distributed as a grant and do not need to be repaid.

Contact Information

In person: 275 Duckworth St., St. John’s.
Office hours are 1-5 pm, Monday to Friday.
By phone:
Office, Information, Membership and Advocacy: Call the Program Coordinator, Kristen Piercey: 709-738-7303
Toll free: 1-877-738-7303
By fax: 709-738-7304
By email:
General Information, and to submit e-bulletin listings:
Executive Director, Dave Andrews:
Advocacy Committee:
Colin MacNee Emergency Fund:

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