Thank you for your interest in the Comox Valley Arts Incubator Microgrant Program. Please refer to the general guidelines below before submitting your application. If you have questions, require translation or need help completing your application, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Projects must be geographically located in the Central Island Region.
- Individuals who identify as emerging or professional artists can apply*.
- Individuals, artist groups, collectives and small arts organizations are eligible.
- The intention of this program is to support small-scale projects. Organizations with operating budgets over $50,000 are ineligible. Individuals may not apply on behalf of an organization with a budget over $50,000.
- Projects led by IBPOC will be prioritized because we understand the disproportionate impact of systemic racism on IBPOC communities both historically and currently.
- While we encourage arts and culture initiatives that address social and environmental issues, projects must also involve some form of arts and cultural practice to be eligible.
*This microgrant program uses the definitions of professional and emerging artists as provided by Canada Council for the Arts.
Emerging/New Artist: Is entering, or is in the early stages of, his or her professional career in one or more fields of practice. Is at least 18 years old. Has some training, experience or accomplishment in one or more fields of practice. Is committed to the ongoing development of his or her skills and artistic practice.
Professional Artist: Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions). Is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition). Is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially. Has a history of public presentation or publication.
General Guidelines: Incubate Microgrants can be used for material costs, venue costs and artist fees. To lower barriers to participation, the grant application process has been streamlined. In your application, we are seeking to understand your project and its potential impact, we are NOT assessing applicants on their use of English language. Awardees will be required to submit a short report at the close of the project. Details will be included with award notice. Applications will be assessed on the following:
- Quality of Work
- Feasibility of Project (both from time, budget and action plan)
- Community relevancy
Video Submissions: Applicants are welcome to submit a short video instead of filling out the application questions about your project. Note: You are still required to fill out the contact information below when submitting by video.
Work Samples: Please include up to five samples of recent work in any format. This could be photos, videos, text, audio recordings etc. Work samples should come with a short description uploaded in an attached document.
Application Deadline: Note this is a shortened pilot period. This initial pilot program is accepting applications until midnight on June 10th for the summer grant program. CV/Arts will open applications for a winter intake in the late fall. Please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.