The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown Agency created in 1980 by the Arts Council Act. The Act states that the purpose of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council is to foster and promote the creation and production of works in the arts in the province, the study and enjoyment of these works and to encourage public awareness of the arts.
The objects of the Council are to foster and promote the creation and production of works in the arts, the study and enjoyment of these works, and in particular, the Council shall:
Foster and promote through grants and otherwise the arts of the province and the arts of groups indigenous to the province;
Help through grants and otherwise in the development of provincial amateur and professional artists and arts organizations; and
Advise the Minister with respect to the development of the arts and arts policy in the province.
Grant Funding Programs:
ArtsNL operates seven granting programs. To ensure that its limited financial resources are used wisely and that decisions are made fairly and objectively, Council uses a peer-assessment process for reviewing artistic proposals. Applications are reviewed by a peer-assessment committee, whose members are experienced professionals with expertise in a given discipline. Effort is made to provide a balanced representation of discipline, gender, and region on the assessment committees. The actual make-up of a jury is determined after the closing date for applications. This enables the Arts Council to develop a qualified jury and to avoid potential conflicts of interest. The peer jury is a recommending committee only. The Council members ratify the jury recommendations.
Arts Council assessment is normally based on the artistic merit of the work proposed. Several other criteria, such as originality, growth potential, permanence, access, ability, and feasibility, are also used to assist peer assessment committees in making objective decisions. This is determined by a comparative review of all the other projects submitted. Other factors such as the quality of the support material submitted, the impact of the project on the development of the artist and/or art form, and financial viability, are also considered.
More information about each of the grant funding programs, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application forms can be found here: http://www.nlac.ca/grants/index.htm