RELEASE: ArtsNL announces sustaining grants for professional arts organizations 

Jun 22, 2022


ArtsNL announces sustaining grants for professional arts organizations 

June 22, 2022 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $1,750,010, plus a one-time $220,000 top-up, to 25 professional arts organizations through the Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations (SPPAO). This program supports the administrative and production costs associated with operating a professional arts organization.

The SPPAO operates on a three-year cycle. As this is Year Three of the funding cycle, organizations currently funded and new applicants are eligible to apply for the next new funding cycle, which has a deadline of February 1, 2023. New applicants must have their eligibility confirmed by ArtsNL staff before they can apply to the SPPAO via the online application system.

The organizations funded for 2022-23 (Year Three) are:

Artistic Fraud $85,000 $8,000
Eastern Edge Gallery $95,000 $8,000
Friends of Writers at Woody Point $39,180 $4,000
Gros Morne Summer Music $50,000 $12,000
Kittiwake Dance Theatre $39,180 $4,000
Lawnya Vanya $39,180 $8,000
Neighbourhood Dance Works $88,000 $8,000
Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society $72,750 $8,000
Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative $90,000
Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra $100,000 $16,000
Nickel Independent Film Festival $65,000 $4,000
Opera on the Avalon $85,000 $16,000
Perchance Theatre $75,000 $8,000
PerSIStence Theatre $39,180 $4,000
Resource Centre for the Arts $85,000 $16,000
Riddle Fence $39,180 $4,000
Rising Tide Theatre $95,000 $16,000
Sound Symposium $65,000 $4,000
Soundbone Traditional Arts $55,000 $4,000
St. Michael’s Printshop $70,000 $4,000
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival $65,000 $12,000
Stephenville Theatre Festival $39,180 $12,000
Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador $95,000 $16,000
Tuckamore Festival $65,000 $4,000
White Rooster Theatre $39,180 $4,000
Wonderbolt Productions Inc. $75,000 $16,000

“Sustaining funding has never been more fundamental to the existence of Newfoundland and Labrador’s professional arts organizations. This program provides them some stability in the precarious world of arts funding and allows organizations to present exciting work in line with their artistic vision,” says Melanie Martin, executive director of ArtsNL. “The ArtsNL team is currently looking at ways to strengthen this necessary program for professional arts organizations to help them plan for their next three years.”

Media enquiries:
Charlene Jackson
Communications Officer


The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $5 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.



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