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GAC Awards & Bursaries

Applications For 2019 Are Now Closed

Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Award

Jane Graham was a much-loved and respected visual artist living and working in the Guelph area for many years prior to her untimely death early in 2005. Donations to Guelph Arts Council in her memory made possible the creation of Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation. With funds generated annually and granted to Guelph Arts Council from The Guelph Community Foundation, Guelph Arts Council annually offers an award for a visual artist(s) to pursue professional development opportunities that will contribute to individual personal artistic growth.

Please note that our offices are typically closed Monday BUT the building is open and you can still drop your paper applications off. Staff may be present in which case, leave it with us, and if the door is closed, please slide your application under the door. You are also welcome to apply online.

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Apply online>

View list of past recipients and the opportunities funded by this award>

Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Award

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019


Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Fund was initially established as a result of the financial success of Youth in Performance presentations that Guelph Arts Council sponsored between 1980 and 1990. Additions to the fund were made over the years, and awards were extended to graduating Guelph high school students in recognition of talent, excellence and creativity in the visual or performing arts. In 2005, the awards program was discontinued and Guelph Arts Council began to assess how best to support youth in the arts. At the same time, in order to get the best return on investment, the capital of the fund was turned over to The Guelph Community Fund to manage. Commencing in 2009, through funds generated from Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation, Guelph Arts Council offers an award(s) that will initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth to experience or become engaged in the arts.

Download/print paper application here (Word)>

Download/print paper application here (PDF)>

Apply online (Terms of Reference included in online application as well) >

See a list of past recipients>

Guelph Arts Council Artist Relief Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Guelph Arts Council Artist Relief Fund provides short-term financial assistance to local artists living with debilitating health issues. The creation of this fund was in response to a growing community realization of the plight of self-employed artists whose health leaves them unable to work and, unfortunately, also unable to collect employment insurance or other government benefits. The funds that provide emergency financial assistance to these people in need are donated throughout the year. Apply here >

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