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Indigenous Artists and Cultural Carriers Micro-grant

The Indigenous Artists and Cultural Carriers Micro-grant supports Indigenous Yukon artists and cultural carriers with accessible and timely funding.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for up to $5,000.


Who can apply?

You can apply to this program to complete a project. You have to be Indigenous and an emerging or established:

  • artist;
  • arts worker; or
  • cultural carrier.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Indigenous people who’ve lived in the Yukon for at least 1 continuous year when they apply;
  • Yukon First Nations who live in the Yukon; and
  • Yukon First Nations who previously lived in the Yukon and maintain ties to the territory.

Types of projects and activities

The program supports a variety of creative and cultural projects and activities. Some examples include:

  • creating new work;
  • mentorships with established artists or knowledge keepers;
  • attendance at workshops, conferences, craft fairs or arts events;
  • travel within and outside the territory for professional or artistic development and opportunities;
  • podcast projects;
  • business plans with a priority on emerging artists;
  • activities that build partnerships between the creative and cultural industries and the business sector; and
  • preparation for selling work (for example, preparing display cases for market readiness).

Who cannot apply?

  • A person under the age of 16
  • A person or group who submits more than 1 application at a time
  • A person or group with outstanding reports for any previous Yukon government arts funding
  • A person or group whose submission is incomplete

Funding tiers

There are 2 tiers of funding available. Funding can cover 100 per cent of eligible expenses.

Tier 1: Up to $1,500

Tier 2: $1,501 to $5,000

How to apply

Please contact the Indigenous outreach liaison with questions or to discuss your project. Email artsfund@yukon.ca or call 867-333-5602.

View the application form and guidelines.

Funding-decision process

The arts advisors will assess the applications against the program’s:

  • eligibility;
  • requirements; and
  • criteria.

They’ll assess applications on the potential impacts and benefits of the activity, and not on artistic excellence or experience.

We'll notify you of the results in writing within:

  • 5 working days for tier 1; or
  • 10 working days for tier 2.

Application deadlines

You can submit your application as of January 1, 2023. The grant has a rolling intake and you can apply at any time.

Who provides the funding?

The grant embodies the principles and objectives of Creative Potential: Advancing the Yukon’s Creative and Cultural Industries strategy.

The Government of Yukon and the Canada Council for the Arts manage the funding program.

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