Grant Writing for Arts Councils

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

Sustaining a career as an artist necessitates learning how to write a clear, concise and persuasive arts grant application. Get an early start with this workshop, which will outline the process of planning, writing and submitting media arts grant proposals that accurately and interestingly represent your individual project. The class will focus on what juries look for in the presentation, budget preparation and support material. We will also review and critique participants’ grant proposals to give individual feedback on how to fund your works in progress.

For upcoming media arts grant deadlines see:
Canada Council for the Arts:
Ontario Arts Council:
Toronto Arts Council:

Participants must submit a one-page (maximum) project synopsis by Wednesday May 31; you will receive feedback on your project synopsis from the instructor and other participants in the workshop. Please submit to with “LIFT Summer 2017: Grant Writing for Arts Councils” in the subject line.



Chris Gehman is an award-winning filmmaker, arts administrator, educator, and curator and critic, based in Toronto. His films have been screened at venues around the world, including EXiS (Seoul, Korea), Experimenta (Bangalore, India), and Anthology Film Archives (New York City). His 2016 film Dark Adaptation premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the 2017 Berlinale. Chris was Artistic Director of the Images Festival from 2000 to 2004, and has also worked as a programmer for Cinematheque Ontario, TIFF and Pleasure Dome. He edited Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video, and co-edited The Sharpest Point Animation at the End of Cinema with Steve Reinke; his writings on experimental media have also appeared in publications such as Millennium Film Journal, FUSE and Cinema Scope. Currently, Chris is the Finance Manager at Vtape in addition to his artistic and freelance work. He is familiar with many granting programs at the provincial and national level, and has received numerous grants to support his work.