2019 JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities Criteria

This grant aims to sponsor artists with disabilities in preparing and presenting artwork across a variety of disciplines. The grant to be awarded for 2019 is $3500, which will be distributed to one successful applicant. The winner will also be invited to receive the award at the 2019 JRG Awards Ceremony, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 16th, 2019. With travel expenses paid.

For the 2019 iteration of the JRG Grant, applicants must:

  • Be in the first 5 years of their artistic career
  • Identify as a person with a disability/disabilities
  • Be seeking funds in support of developing and/or presenting an artistic project
  • Reside in Canada

Projects can be in any artistic discipline (i.e. filmmaking, visual art, theatre, dance, writing, etc). Applicants  who are not successful in 2019 may re-apply in future years.

We welcome and encourage applications from artists with disabilities who experience multiple structural barriers to resources and artistic development opportunities, i.e.  women; transgender and non-binary artists; Indigenous artists; Black artists; artists of colour; queer artists, low-income, poor, and working-class artists, etc.

The grant will fund any costs related to the development and/or presentation of an artistic work, including sustenance for applicant, materials, fees to collaborating artists, and production/exhibition costs.
This grant is not intended to be a scholarship for artistic studies or professional development training.

Applications will be assessed by a small committee of disability-identified artists. Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • The application meets all eligibility requirements
  • Viability: the artist has established a clear and viable work schedule/process
  • Impact: the potential impact of the project for the applicant’s own artistic development,
  • Impact of the project for the wider community. Does the project bring new perspectives and underrepresented stories to light

The recipient of the JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities must acknowledge support from The JRG Society For The Arts on all materials and publications relating to the project.