The program consultant for your discipline reviews your application to make sure that it is eligible, according to the grant criteria. If they find your application ineligible, it may not continue to the peer review panel.
Once they’ve reviewed all applications, the program consultant proposes a panel of peers from the arts community, who are qualified to adjudicate those applications. Peer reviewers must let SK Arts know about any potential conflicts of interest. The peer review panel is approved by the Chief Executive Officer of SK Arts.
Peer reviewers assess applications against the program’s criteria. They discuss the applications and provide their scores, which are compiled into an overall score for each applicant. This results in a ranked list of all applicants.
For most of our programs, the peer review panel is then given the amount of funds available for the program and recommends funding amounts for applicants, starting at the top of the list, until all the funds have been used. This means that many worthy applicants will not receive funds, even though they have been recommended by the peer review panel. (In most cases, SK Arts is only able to fund 30 per cent of recommended applicants.) If this applies to you, please try again at another grant deadline. Every deadline and peer review panel are different. Don’t give up!
We’ll let you know the peer review panel's decision within 90 days of the grant closing date. Be sure to call the program consultant after you receive the news to see if the panel had any specific comments to pass along that will help you improve your future applications. Full results will be posted to the SK Arts website here.
SK Arts is committed to protecting your personal information, which is collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Grounds for Appeal
There are two permissible grounds for appeal of a grant adjudication.
- Factual Error: There is compelling evidence that the peer review panel based its recommendation on a conclusion that is contrary to information clearly stated in the application.
- Procedural Error: There is compelling evidence that there was a departure from the SK Arts policy regarding conflict of interest or that SK Arts failed to provide material submitted with the application to the peer review panel.
At least one of the errors listed above must be present for there to be valid grounds for appeal. Dissatisfaction with the results of a grant adjudication, either with the denial of the grant or with the amount of funding awarded, does not constitute valid grounds for appeal.
An application for appeal must be submitted within thirty (30) days of the date SK Arts notified the grant applicant of the adjudication results. To be considered complete, the written application for appeal must state:
- the grounds (factual error and/or procedural error) on which that individual is making an appeal, and
- the facts substantiating those grounds for appeal.
If either the specific grounds for the appeal and/or the facts substantiating those grounds are not included in the written application for appeal, it will be considered incomplete and the appeal will be dismissed.
The written application for appeal shall be submitted to:
Chief Executive Officer
1355 Broad Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4R 7V1
After the written application for appeal has been received, SK Arts will provide a written update of the status of that appeal to the grant applicant within thirty (30) days.
Any decisions made through the appeal procedure below are considered final and are not subject to further appeal in SK Arts processes.