LIFT Touring Workshop with London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA): Grant Writing for Arts Councils



LIFT Touring Workshop with London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA):

Grant Writing for Arts Councils with Chris Gehman




LIFT Touring Workshop with London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA):

Grant Writing for Arts Councils with Chris Gehman


Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:30am – 3:30pm
London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA)
355 Clarence Street
London, Ontario


LIFT and LOMAA Members/ Students: $20
General: $30
Enrolment is limited to 6 people
Pre-registration required (via LOMAA) by Friday, September 11, 2015.


Because the instructors are traveling for the workshops we require pre-registration. We require five business day cancellation notice for a full refund. Classes with fewer than three people will be cancelled.


Sustaining a career as an artist necessitates learning how to write a clear, concise and persuasive arts grant application. Get started with this workshop, which will outline the process of planning, writing and submitting grant proposals that accurately and interestingly represent your individual project. The course will focus on what juries look for in the presentation, budget preparation and support material. We will also briefly review and critique participants’ grant proposals to provide individual feedback on how to fund your works in progress. The focus in the workshop will be grant-writing for media arts, but visual artists are also welcome to attend, and most of the issues addressed are the same from one discipline to another.


Upcoming media arts grant deadlines:
Canada Council for the Arts: October 1, 2015
Ontario Arts Council: October 1, 2015 (Mid-career and Established Artists)
Toronto Arts Council: November 3, 2015  (Emerging Artists)


Participants must submit a draft project description by Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Please submit to specialprojects(at) with “LIFT/LOMAA: Grant Writing for Arts Councils” in the subject line.


Chris Gehman is a filmmaker, arts administrator, educator, and occasional curator and critic, based in Toronto. His films have been screened at venues around the world, including EXiS (Seoul, Korea), Experimenta (Bangalore, India), Anthology Film Archives (New York City), et al. His 2008 film Refraction Series premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won an award at the 2009 Ann Arbor Film Festival. 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 (Images Festival and LIFT, 2013), and co-edited The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (YYZBOOKS, 2005) 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.


This workshop is part of LIFT’s Touring Filmmaking Workshops with media arts centers throughout Ontario. The touring program is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).



Starting: Saturday 12 September 2015 10:30

Non Members: $30.00

Members: $20.00

London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) 
355 Clarence Street 
London ON Canada