City of Kingston Arts Fund Accepting Grant Applications for 2023

Published on: 2023/02/09 - in News

Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is inviting local arts organizations and collectives to apply for the 2023 City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) Operating and Project Grants. The funding program is aimed at enhancing the cultural experience of Kingston residents through direct investment in the arts sector and fostering creativity, social cohesion, quality of life, and economic development.

The CKAF is administrated annually by the KAC and provides grants to support the capacity of artists and arts organizations. The Operating Grants provide stable funding for non-profit arts organizations, while Project Grants fund the creation and presentation of artistic projects that align with CKAF’s objectives. The application requirements, including eligibility criteria and the definition of a professional artist, can be found in the Grant Guidelines, which can be downloaded from the KAC website.

The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, April 13th, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST. Applications must be submitted by email, and the KAC Grants and Programs Coordinator, Violet Tang, is available for assistance at

The KAC will host a CKAF Information Session on Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 at 5:30 PM via Zoom, intended for new and returning Project Grant applicants. The session will provide an overview of the 2023 Project Grant Guidelines, Application Forms, Assessment Criteria, and will include a Q&A segment on the CKAF grant process. The session is not mandatory, but it offers applicants an opportunity to ask questions and better understand the grant application process.

For more information on the CKAF and the KAC, please visit the KAC website.

About the City of Kingston Arts Fund

In 2007, Kingston City Council established the City of Kingston Arts Fund, comprised of $100,000 from the Healthy Community Fund Program and an additional $400,000 in new funding. The Kingston Arts Council was contracted to administer CKAF and Kingston City Council has continued to invest in the funding program growth each year as part of its commitment to supporting arts and culture in Kingston.

CKAF nurtures the capacity of the arts, artists, and arts sector in Kingston while fostering creativity, encouraging social cohesion, enhancing the quality of life, and stimulating economic development through direct investment. Through this program, the City of Kingston has invested close to $7.4 million since its inception.

In 2021, in addition to City of Kingston Arts Fund Operating and Project Grants, Kingston City Council allocated an additional $200,000 in one-time funding to support individual artists and non-profit arts organizations in recognition of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more on the KAC website.

Photo (submitted) by Devanshi Mishra – Dancers Rhea Howley, Zahra Badua, Melissa Noventa, and Sanyu Bishop, with choreography by Zahra Badua and Melissa Noventa, at the courtesy of Movement Market Collective. The Movement Market Collective receives a CKAF Project grant for their 2021 Ground UP Dance Festival.