04 Jan 2016

Application Window Now Open for Four Grants

Press Release

January 4th, 2016


Creative Saskatchewan Now Accepting Applications for Intake Grant Programs

Three times each year, Creative Saskatchewan opens a three-week window to accept applications to its slate of “defined intake” grant programs. The first intake of 2016 opens today and applications will be accepted until January 22.


Creative producers working in any of Creative Saskatchewan’s partner industries - music, screen based media, visual arts & fine craft, book publishing, live performing arts, and digital media - are encouraged to apply.


Creative Saskatchewan’s “defined intake” grants, now accepting applications include:


Creative Industries Production Grant: This grant supports individuals and businesses as they produce and refine their creative products to ensure improved market readiness. Last year, for example, grant funds went to a millinery that developed and acquired felt specific to a new collection, to several book publishers who produced many of Saskatchewan’s best selling books, and to a theatre producer who created a play scheduled for an overseas festival premiere.


Market & Export Development Grant: This grant supports individuals, industry associations, and business as they work to export and market their creative products. Last year, for example, grant funds went to several musicians who made videos and created websites, to film producers who screened films in cities across North America, and to an industry association to create a “pop up” art gallery in Arizona.


Business Capacity Grant and Research Grant: These grants are available to creative producers who intend to, amongst other things, enhance a skill set, increase industry capacity and job growth, improve workforce readiness, or conduct market analyses. Last year, for example, grant funds went to a TV production company to create a training program to improve HD mobile truck production skills, to a variety of companies to purchase and receive training on new business management software, and to an industry association to survey the current state of an emerging creative industry in Saskatchewan.


Successful applicants during this intake period will be informed on February 19. They will then have until February 29 to return signed acceptance papers to Creative Saskatchewan in order to receive funding before March 8. If signed acceptance papers are returned after February 29, funding cannot be delivered until after April 4 due to the spring election.


Since inception, Creative Saskatchewan has invested more than $12.5 million in creative producers.



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