Increased Maximums for Creation and Documentation Grants

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) is pleased to announce a permanent increase to the maximum amounts for grants in both the Creation and Documentation programs, effective for the upcoming October deadline.

  • Creation Category A has gone from $15,000 to $16,500
  • Creation Category B has gone from $10,000 to $11,000
  • Creation Category C has gone from $5,000 to $5,500
  • Documentation has gone from $7,000 to $8,500

The board and staff of artsnb wish to thank the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for their collaboration in helping secure the large increase in grant funding through the Arts Development Trust Fund for the benefit of the professional artists of New Brunswick.

Upcoming Deadlines

artsnb would also like to remind artists that the deadline to apply for an Arts Infrastructure grant is August 4, 2020, and the deadline to apply in the Equinox program for Indigenous artists is September 15, 2020.

For more information, to see the full press release, and to look into applying for these grants, click here.

Final Components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Announced

Canadian culture is rich and diverse. The cultural industry, a major economic driver, is facing challenges like many others because of the COVID‑19 pandemic. That is why Canadian Heritage quickly set up the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.

Minister Guilbeault has announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. Thus, the second phase provides support to other organizations, some of which do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund. The goal is still to help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been affected.

For more information and to see if you qualify to apply for financial assistance, click here.

Record Number of Applications Submitted and Grants Awarded

Thanks to the $500,000 increase in funding announced by the New Brunswick government earlier this year, the number of grants and total dollar amount awarded in the latest Creation and Documentation competition by the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) has far exceeded all-time figures. Furthermore, increased efforts in promoting the grant programs during the COVID crisis contributed to doubling the previous record for the number of applications submitted to the Creation program (226 vs. 113).

For more information and to read the full press release, click here.

The “Atlantic Bubble” and artsnb

Given that the Government of New Brunswick has announced on June 24th, 2020, that “interprovincial travel without the requirement to self-isolate will be permitted in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, for residents of Atlantic Canada as of July 3,” grant applications (projects) submitted to artsnb in all programs are allowed with the following caveats:

  • travel is allowed only within the Atlantic provinces (NB, NS, PE, NL), effective as of July 3rd, 2020 and subject to change, as per provincial guidelines;
  • grant recipients must respect guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 restrictions issued by provincial authorities, both in their home region and province and at their destination;
  • recipients must contact the Program Officer if their event is suspended, postponed or cancelled.

For more information and to read the full press release, click here.

New Brunswick Arts Board Announces Partial Reopening of Career Development Components and Grant Maximum Increases

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) is pleased to announce a partial reopening of the Arts-by-Invitation and Artist-in-Residence components of the Career Development program (with some limitations).

Additionally, grant maximums for the Professional Development and Promotion & Professionalization components of the Career Development program are increased from $1,000 to $1,500, effective for the July deadline, which is extended to July 10th, 2020. The relaxed criteria previously announced for these two components will be allowed for the July deadline.

For more information, see their website here.

A $25,000 Salute to Creativity

The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is dedicating $25,000 in Signature Grants to salute and support the creative spirit of New Brunswick visual arts organizations dealing with the challenges of the 2020 pandemic. Social distancing necessitated the closure of traditional venues for exhibition, art education and celebration; yet art is bubbling through, thanks to the hard work and innovation of many New Brunswick art centres. SHMF 2020 Signature Technology Grants have been offered to the following organizations who have exhibited leadership in developing electronic outreach to enrich the arts community:

  • Ax: Sussex Arts and Culture Centre
  • Canadian Art Magazine
  • Connexion ARC
  • Fredericton Arts Alliance
  • Galerie D’Art Louise et Reuben Cohen
  • Jones Gallery Art History Lecture Series
  • Owens Art Gallery
  • Saint John Arts Centre
  • Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre
  • Third Space Gallery
  • UNB Arts Centre

To see the original article, click here.

New Special Projects Program

A new Special Projects program has been established to fund online artistic and cultural performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, launched today by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, aims to address some of the challenges social isolation has caused for professional artists and for people who enjoy art and culture.

Artists who have had their exhibition, project, showcase or performance cancelled due to the pandemic can receive up to $2,000 for an artistic presentation on social media. Cultural businesses or entrepreneurs who use digital means to promote themselves or their products in a new way are also eligible to apply.

Arts organizations and similar associations may also apply. All proposals must respect any physical distancing and self-isolation directives issued by the provincial government.

Information on the Special Projects program is available online here:



We also continue to encourage you to visit the following website to get updated information on available Federal/National Organizations Funds and Programs:




Open letter regarding artist eligibility to access EI during COVID-19

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC), the national association for professional visual artists, calls upon the Federal Government to review and remove barriers to artists who require access to key Emergency Relief programs that have recently been created during this unprecedented time of need…


Read full letter from CARFAC here