Past Workshop Descriptions

Grant Writing for Arts Councils

Federal, provincial, and municipal arts councils fund a wide range of media arts projects, including experimental films/videos, media installations, new media works, documentaries, and narrative films. Sustaining a career as an artist necessitates learning how to write a clear, concise, persuasive grant application. Get an early start with this workshop, which will outline the process of planning, writing and submitting media arts grant proposals that effectively represent your individual project. The class will focus on what arts council juries look for in the description of a project, and on budget preparation and support material. During the workshop, the instructor and other participants will review participants’ grant proposals to give individual feedback on your works in progress. 

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

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Participants must submit a one-page (maximum) project description before Monday, June 13. Submit to with LIFT Summer 2022: Grant Writing for Arts Councils in the subject line. This workshop does not cover grant writing for commercial industry funders such as Telefilm Canada, Canadian Media Fund (CMF), Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), or Independent Production Fund (IPF).​

Past Instructor: Chris Gehman
Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 8
8 hours of instruction in 2 parts$105 /member$130 /nonmember

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