Open Grants to Galleries and Groups

On the occasion of our 40th Anniversary, we are soliciting proposals from groups, galleries and/or collectives to create new programming or enhance existing programming in their community. The intention of this Open Grants to Galleries and Groups program is to encourage exhibition/art engagement activities across Nova Scotia. For this special anniversary, we have expanded the previous Open Grants program so please read the description below carefully.

Eligibility: Any gallery, group or collective can apply for up to $750 to assist with costs related to an activity. An artist or arts professional must be directly involved with the project.

Criteria: Galleries and/or groups must fill out a short application form and project budget to receive funds. All applications will be reviewed by the VANS Programming Committee and notified within 2 weeks. We will not accept applications from galleries/groups for a previously funded project (such as a recurring fundraiser, exhibition or annual event). However, if galleries and groups have been funded in the past they may still apply for a different project.

Deadline: The program will accept applications between March 24 and April 15. Unlike previous years, applications will not be accepted after the deadline April 15th at 5pm.

Application: We do not prescribe how funds must be spent; however, priority will be given to projects that have direct engagement with their community (including artist talks, hands-on workshops, educational programming and public interventions). Activities can include, but are certainly not limited to, a pop-up residency, occupying a vacant storefront as exhibition space, or activating non-traditional spaces into art spaces. Projects must occur by December 31, 2017. Applicants are required to provide in the application form: a description of the project or activity, requested amount with budget (using template). Please click on the link below, download and complete the Application Form and Budget then email it to before 5pm on April 15, with the subject line: Open Grants.

Acknowledgement: We ask that an acknowledgement of this funding be included in any promotional materials accompanying the proposed project, download our 40th anniversary logo, or contact us and we will e-mail it to you.

While membership is not a requirement to apply for a grant please consider supporting VANS and our programs and services by purchasing a Gallery or Group Membership online.

OPEN GRANTS APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. The next call for applications will likely be in Spring 2018.