As the provincial funding agency that provides support to professional artists, arts organizations, arts education programs, and several important arts awards and prizes, Arts Nova Scotia offers a wide variety of investment opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a professional artist?

A professional artist is an artist who has received compensation from artistic activity that may reasonably be considered to be income and who meets a number of additional criteria described in the Nova Scotia Status of the Artist Legislation.

These criteria include public or peer recognition, training or acquired knowledge, and the public presentation of work.

How do I apply for a Grant?

You can access our grant applications and guidelines in the Programs section of our website.

What does an application require?

Clarity of intent, balanced budget, concise writing style, strong support material (where applicable).

How do I prepare a strong application?

What happens after I’ve submitted my application?

All funding decisions are made by a peer selection committee. The committee members are selected from a list of qualified artists or arts organizations provided through community consultation. These lists are reviewed annually to ensure broad community representation. Committee composition is sensitive to regional, gender and cultural differences. A different committee is appointed for each competition.

What are the criteria used in the decision process?

Each of our grant programs has specific criteria used to assess applications. Some of those criteria include:

  • the quality of the work as evidenced by support material (where applicable).
  • the artistic merit of the project.
  • the ability of the applicant to carry out the project.

Applications are ranked based on merit as reflected by the applications and the funds are allocated based on the ranking.

Past Recipients

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