COVID-19 and artsnb

Updated on April 3rd, 2020   –   artsnb  is aware that grant applicants and recipients may be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, our physical office is closed, but operations continue as normal, given that most of our work and the grant application process can be done online.  

As always, we are here to answer any questions or inquiries you may have. Please contact us by phone or email. 

For general inquiries:
Operations Manager

For questions concerning grant programs:
Program Officer

We update this page on a regular basis as the present situation evolves. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Q: Has the deadline for the Creation and Documentation programs been extended?  
    A: The April 2020 application deadline for the Creation and Documentation programs has been extended to Thursday, April 30th, 2020. We hope this extension will allow artists the time and flexibility to adjust to rapidly changing work and home environments, and to prepare project proposals that take into account the new realities we all face as we traverse the global COVID-19 pandemic. Assessment for these programs will be expedited so that results can be made available in mid-to-late June as usual. If you have any questions or concerns about preparing your application, or if you have already submitted an application and wish to modify it before the new April 30th deadline, please contact the Program Officer.   
    Please note: With this extension, Projects are not required to start after April 30th because of the extended deadline – projects can have a start date of April 2nd onwards, as usual.

  2. Q: Are there restrictions on projects for the upcoming Creation and Documentation deadline?   
    A: Travel-related projects must start after July 31, 2020 in order to be eligible. We are monitoring the situation closely and may need to make additional revisions. Watch this space for updates.  
    Generally, the Creation and Documentation grant programs do not allow capital acquisitions. However, given the current situation, for this deadline only, we will allow up to 10% of your requested grant money to go towards capital acquisitions.  
    Capital acquisitions, in this case, are as follows:  
    – Acquisition of artistic equipment, technical equipment, software or peripherals necessary to advance the creation of future artistic works  
    – Capital improvements to enhance an artist’s studio, rehearsal, production or presentation space

  3. Q: Has the deadline for the Career Development program been extended and are all components of the program still open?  
    A: The Career Development deadline remains the same, May 1, 2020. In response to the current pandemic we will be suspending the Arts by Invitation and Artist in Residence components of the Career Development program until further notice. Please stay tuned to this page for further updates.   
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and new reality, we will also be allowing some flexibility to the Professional Development (ex. Training opportunities to help transition into these new work environments) and Professionalization and Promotion (ex. Up to a year of regular website hosting) components of the program. Please contact the Program Officer if you have any questions.  

  4. Q: I currently have an artsnb grant that is being affected by the pandemic. What should I do? 
    A: Grant recipients whose funded projects are currently being affected can contact our Program Officer to discuss project changes and ask any questions you may have.   
  5. Q: I have submitted an application that has not yet been assessed and part of the project has been impacted by a cancellation or has been postponed. What should I do? 
    A: Recent applicants whose application has not been assessed yet are invited to contact our Program Officer if the project you’ve applied for has been postponed or cancelled in case your application needs to be withdrawn.  
  6. Q: I am thinking of applying to an upcoming artsnb program, can I contact a staff member to discuss my project beforehand? 
    A: Yes, you are welcome to contact our Program Officer if you have any questions regarding project timelines or other concerns. We also encourage applicants considering applying for upcoming deadlines to keep the current situation in mind. 

  7. Q: I have received a project grant from artsnb. What happens if my artsnb-funded travel, event or activity must be postponed, changed or cancelled due to COVID-19? Will I be required to repay the grant?  
    A: artsnb recognizes that with the extraordinary and unforeseen nature of COVID-19, some activities or events will have to be cancelled or will no longer be able to take place. Please email our Program Officer to inform us about a project’s cancellation, or to propose changes to the timing, location or format of your project. We may be able to approve extensions to your project timeline and/or modifications to your project plans.  
    artsnb will allow you to retain the funds to be applied to other eligible expenses related to the project, including costs related to modifying, postponing or cancelling activities. If you are not able to spend all of the funds on eligible expenses, you will be required to repay those funds. artsnb cannot unfortunately allow you to spend those funds on activities unrelated to the approved project.  
    We invite you to document the impact of COVID-19 and how you propose to use those funds in your final report. 

More information will be published here as the present situation evolves. 

Other Relevant Information and Resources for NB Artists 

  1. The New Brunswick Workers Emergency Income Benefit
    A one-time income benefit of $900 is available for workers or self-employed people residing in New Brunswick who have lost their job due to the state of emergency. (The online application system is now LIVE at the website listed above)
  2. The Canada Council for the Arts has published information regarding the potential impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 on grant applicants and recipients. Artists who have received a grant from CCA and wish to know more on this topic are invited to read this announcement as well as consult the FAQ section on the CCA’s web site. 
  3. The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning has created a Resources for the Arts and Learning sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among this list you can find a Google Doc containing Resources for Canadian Artists, Writers, and Media Workers During COVID-19 shutdowns who are working with CBC arts to maintain a webpage containing emergency funding information, mental health resources, online training and much more. 
  4. Artist-Run Centres and COVID-19
  5. Craft NBResources for Craft Organizations and Individuals in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  6. Music NB – COVID-19: Info for Artists + Pros 
  7. ArtsLink NBLost income tracking spreadsheet
  8. The AFC, the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry – COVID-19 Guide
  9. Association des théâtres francophones du Canada – COVID-19 (in French)
  10. For more on Canada’s response to COVID-19, consult the Government of Canada online resources