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LATEST UPDATE

UPDATED JUNE 1, 2020

 

COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on our economy and business community. 


Creative entrepreneurs are no exception. 


In consultation with creative sector stakeholders and industry associations, we are pleased to announce changes to our programs, intended to support creative entrepreneurs as they face the economic challenges of COVID-19.

 

The changes include a new micro-marketing stream within the existing Market and Export Development Grant, as well as the temporary lifting of several restrictions across several grant programs.

 

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Previous Update: April 15, 2020

We've added some information below in response to inquiries we've received about how our grants may affect government-delivered COVID-19 income supports. Please click on "Our Grants, CERB and CRA."

We regularly add links to the collection, below, of "Resources, Support, Surveys," for creative entrepreneurs, so be sure to check in on the list.

We encourage creative entrepreneurs to access our programs for projects that remain possible during COVID-19 social distancing protocols. We understand that identifying such projects can pose a significant challenge, and we invite all potential applicants to contact our Program Officers to explore options for what kinds of projects will fit into the programs that are open. Our Program Officers can be reached at investment@creativesask.ca

 

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CREATIVE SASKATCHEWAN OPERATIONS


Creative Saskatchewan staff continue to work from home, and deliver services without interruption. Our office is closed. The best way to contact us for general inquiries is via e-mail: office@creativesask.ca If you know who you're looking for, you can reach us directly. Scroll down this page for our staff directory: https://www.creativesask.ca/about-us




FAQ: FUNDED PROJECTS


Creative Saskatchewan grant recipients/applicants may be in the midst of projects now impacted by the worldwide response to COVID-19. This FAQ is intended to clarify how Creative Saskatchewan will assess funded/proposed projects involving cancelled events, travel restrictions and other possible measures connected to COVID-19.

Q: I have received a Creative Saskatchewan grant for travel. Am I still permitted to use those funds to travel? A: Yes. Creative Saskatchewan urges all travel grant recipients to cancel travel plans, but the decision to travel, and to accept the associated risks, remains the responsibility of the grant recipient. Creative Saskatchewan grants are never increased after approval, so all extra costs that may be incurred for any reason, including COVID-19 restrictions, will not be funded. Creative Saskatchewan recommends that any grant recipient choosing to travel consult saskatchewan.ca/covid19 for the latest updates on COVID-19. The Government of Canada also maintains a travel advice page.

Q: I recently received a travel grant, and I haven’t booked my flights yet. Can I use the grant to pay for travel insurance? A: Under normal circumstances, no. However, Creative Saskatchewan will temporarily allow travel insurance as an eligible expense.

Q: I received a grant and incurred some eligible expenses, but my project now can't proceed because of COVID-19. Will I have to pay back the full amount of the grant? A: No. You will be expected to pay back the unspent amount of the grant. You will be expected to report on the grant funds you spent, and why those funds are not recoverable.

Q: I’ve got a grant involving travel, but I’ve got flexibility to postpone. Am I allowed to do this? A: Maybe. Creative Saskatchewan will consider rescheduled projects as long as the primary intent of the project remains the same. You’ll need approval from Creative Saskatchewan. Contact a Program Officer.

Q: Expenses for my project are climbing because of COVID-19. Can I get additional funding? A: No. Grant funding provided to any recipient to undertake a project can never exceed the originally approved amount.

Q: I’m travelling right now using Creative Saskatchewan grant funding. I’m incurring expenses related to COVID-19. Are these eligible expenses? A: Probably. Unexpected costs of travel can be eligible expenses as long as they are directly connected to the project you are undertaking. However, Creative Saskatchewan can not provide funds in excess of the originally approved amount.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any inquiries. A Program Officer will be pleased to offer clarification. T: 306-798-9800 TF: 800-561-9933​ investment@creativesask.ca




GRANT PROGRAMS IN FISCAL YEAR 2020-21


Creative Saskatchewan is pleased to announce opening dates for its 2020-21 grant and equity investment programs. We're also announcing details regarding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on some programs. Programs Opening Soon The following programs will begin accepting applications at 10am on April 15, 2020: Television Production Film and TV Development (Pre-Dev, First Draft & Final Draft Streams) Sound Recording Craft and Visual Arts Production Book Publishing Production Business Capacity Research Market and Export Development Digital Game and Gamified eLearning Equity Fund Some grants have revised guidelines and new funding limits. For details, click on "What's New This Year" on each grant webpage. Application deadlines will be announced when the programs begin accepting applications on April 15. Programs On Hiatus Some programs can not be opened at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs invest in travel and in projects that require people to gather in groups of 10 or more, and therefore can't take place under current public health restrictions. The following programs are On Hiatus until further notice: Feature Film Production Grant Live Performing Arts Production Grant Market Travel Grant Tour Support Grant Web Series Grant Our Continuing Commitment to Creative Entrepreneurs Creative Saskatchewan recognizes that these are uncertain and challenging times for the creative sector. We are committed to working closely with creative entrepreneurs in coming weeks. Many of our grant programs offer financial support for projects that may remain possible under COVID-19 social distancing protocols and travel restrictions. We encourage all potential applicants to discuss their ideas with our Program Officers. We're ready to offer one-on-one consultations to determine how your project may fit into our grant programs.




SOUNDSTAGE RENTALS


Soundstage rentals are still available, as long as the project doesn't violate public health orders. Contact craig.lederhouse@creativesask.ca for more information.




RESOURCES, SUPPORT, SURVEYS


The following government resources may be of value to creative entrepreneurs affected by the economic impact of COVID-19: Province of Saskatchewan COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Workers Business Response Team: Hotline and Webinars Government of Canada Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Canada Emergency Response Benefit Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) Creative industry organizations and associations around the province and across the country are mobilizing to respond to the needs of creative entrepreneurs. MUSIC SaskMusic "Open House" Streaming Opportunity SOCAN $2 Million Enhanced Emergency Program FILM & TV CMPA COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce Telefilm Deadline Extensions Canada Media Fund: COVID-19 Information Hub for Canada's Screen-Based Industries CRAFT OSAC Artist Listing CARFAC Recommended Practices for Paying Artists during the COVID-19 Crisis THEATRE Sask Assoc. of Theatre Professionals Emergency Relief Fund PUBLISHING Writers Trust of Canada Emergency Relief Fund MULTIPLE CREATIVE SECTORS CBC Creative Relief Fund Sask Arts Alliance COVID-19 Resource list Saskatchewan Arts Alliance—COVID-19 Impact Survey: Artists and Cultural Workers National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms PavedArts: Call for Online Workshop Proposals Webinar: Digital Communications for Live Arts Presenters in age of COVID-19




GRANT PAYMENTS AND REPAYMENTS FAQ


GRANT PAYMENTS Grant payments will continue to be issued via cheque and will be mailed via Canada Post to the address on the grant application. Special arrangements for cheque pickup, or delivery to alternate addresses or via courier, cannot be accommodated at this time. E-payments are not available at this time, however we are investigating the possibility of direct deposit grant payments. Grant payments will not be delayed. Payments will continue to be processed within two to four weeks of the completion of a fully executed letter of commitment, or Creative Saskatchewan's approval of a final report. Questions regarding grant payments can be sent to office@creativesask.ca GRANT REPAYMENTS If you need to repay some or all of your grant due to COVID-19 complications, you will receive an invoice from Creative Saskatchewan. The invoice can be paid by cheque or electronic transfer. Funds cannot be personally delivered to Creative Saskatchewan at this time. To make arrangements for electronic transfer, contact: allie.tosczak@creativesask.ca




OUR GRANTS, CERB AND CRA


Creative Saskatchewan grants are considered income by the CRA. We issue T4A's to all grant recipients. This income may affect your eligibility for government COVID-19 related income supports like CERB. Creative Saskatchewan can not offer business accounting advice. We strongly urge all grant applicants to consult with an accounting professional for all CRA matters, including COVID-19 benefits. UPDATE APRIL 15, 2020: Prime Minister announces expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit UPDATE APRIL 17, 2020: Minister of Canadian Heritage: Video Clarification re: CERB and Creative Entrepreneurs





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