SK Arts understands that the outbreak of COVID-19 and related policies of provincial and federal governments may present extraordinary challenges for artists and arts organizations in Saskatchewan that have received SK Arts grants and others who may intend to request funding to support arts activities or programs.

SK Arts advises artists and arts organizations to regularly monitor Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Public Health Agency of Canada for updated information about the COVID-19 outbreak. Conditions and guidelines are continuing to change, sometimes on a daily basis. Arts organizations will need to follow their recommendations for managing safe public programs and gatherings and maintaining healthy workplaces. Review the Government of Canada’s Risk-informed decision-making tool for mass gatherings. Included in the guide are practical suggestions and best practices for holding safe events.

The Government of Canada recommends that Canadians not travel internationally and indicates anyone who returns from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. It is recommended that domestic travellers self-monitor for 14 days after they travel.

For Grant Recipients

  • For specific questions and to advise SK Arts of concerns, please contact the Program Consultant assigned to your program.
  • If an organization decides to proceed with an event, it is important to communicate with audience members/participants.
  • Track Impact – consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss. No emergency or supplemental funds are available from SK Arts to cover revenue losses or unanticipated expenses due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Contingency plans – please consider contingency plans. In particular, note that artists and others depending on short-term contracts for their livelihood may be seriously affected by cancelled contracts. Consider inviting supporters to make a donation or ask audience members to make a donation in lieu of requesting refunds.

Artists Eligible to Apply for New Grants if Current Project is Deferred Due to COVID-19

We understand that COVID-19 has impacted artists greatly. Many of you have received grants for projects that have had to be postponed. Usually this would mean that you would be ineligible to apply for a new grant until the current project is complete. However, due to the exceptional circumstances, we are accepting applications for new projects from artists who received grants for projects that are currently on hold due to the pandemic. This change applies only to the Independent Artists deadline on March 15, 2021 and the Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists deadline on April 15, 2021.

Applicants must still meet all other eligibility criteria for the programs, including being in “good standing”, which means neither the applicant nor any of their collaborators has overdue reports on previous SK Arts grants. If you postponed your project due to COVID-19 and haven’t told us the date change yet, please contact your Program Consultant to ensure you’re in good standing.

We will be returning to our standard program restrictions for the fall deadlines.

If you want to take advantage of this one-time exception and apply for a second project, please include an additional statement in the new application that outlines:

  • the specific reasons the timeline on the first project has been delayed;
  • the revised timeframe that you believe the first project will be complete; and
  • the reasons why the new project is different, and why you believe it can be completed at this time.

The new project must reflect the current situations and restrictions around COVID-19 – you can’t apply for another project that you would have to delay for the same reasons.

We highly recommend that you contact your Program Consultant before making your submission to ensure eligibility.

Replacement of Lost Income

Make sure you follow SK Arts social media feeds. We try to keep you updated with opportunities for emergency relief as we learn of them. We've also compiled a list of resources, which is being updated on a regular basis.

Artists or cultural workers whose income has been disrupted due to the closing of artistic venues or the cancellation of productions or exhibitions, even those who are not eligible for traditional EI benefits, may be eligible for relief from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This program provides temporary support to self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who are not eligible for EI. Among others, it provides support to workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 (either for their own illness or to take care of someone else who is sick or quarantined) and people who are not being paid because there is not sufficient work or their employer has asked them not to come to work for reasons related to COVID-19.

For arts organizations, the Government of Canada recently announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which is open to provide subsidies to companies, including non-profit organizations and registered charities, whose gross revenues in March, April, or May dropped by more than 30% in comparison with the same period in the prior year. Organizations are encouraged to examine the full range of financial support measures available to them through the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The Government of Canada has also announced the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, which provides additional temporary relief to support these organizations and help them plan for the future. The fund will help maintain jobs and support business continuity. As well, administered by the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the new Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations aims to support not-for-profit organizations in the professional arts presentation sector that own or operate presentation venues that are experiencing significant viability and business continuity challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Province of Saskatchewan has also introduced the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program, which provides financial assistance to small businesses and non-profits in the province that have been ordered to temporarily close or curtail operations, during the public emergency period, in response to a public health order to help control transmission of COVID-19. The program provides a payment to eligible organizations that can be used for any purpose, including paying fixed costs or expenses related to reopening after the public health order is lifted.

The provincial government recently announced the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program, which provides financial assistance for for tourism businesses in the accommodations and major event facilities sectors that have seen a significant drop in sales revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as financial assistance for tourism businesses in the event, attraction or tour sectors that have seen a significant drop in sales revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FAQs for Organizations with Operational Funding

FAQs for Project Grant Recipients