The JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities

JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities

AMY Project and The JRG Society For The Arts

The AMY Project is pleased to be partnering with The JRG Society For The Arts to co-present the inaugural JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities.

About the grant:
This grant aims to sponsor artists with disabilities in preparing and presenting artwork across a variety of disciplines. The motivation for the award is the life of Justin R Grant, a Halifax filmmaker who died of ALS too early in his life. Art-making was a passion of his.
The maximum value of grant to be awarded for 2018 is $3500, which will be distributed to one successful applicant. The winner will also be invited to receive the award at an event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Fall 2018, with travel expenses paid.

About the JRG Society of the Arts
The JRG Society of the Arts is a newly established organization that exists to honour the life and work of Justin R. Grant through supporting the work of artists with disabilities. JRG Society for the Arts has a broad and encompassing understanding of the term disability, seeing it as any physical, mental or emotional state which the individual needs to overcome in order to deal with the activities of daily life. To learn more about the JRG Society for the Arts, visit their website.


  • For the 2018 iteration of the JRG Grant, applicants must:
  • Be under the age of 35 and/or be in the first 5 years of their artistic career
  • Identify as a person with a disability/disabilities
  • Be seeking funds in support of developing and/or presenting an artistic project
  • Reside in Canada

Projects can be in any artistic discipline (i.e. filmmaking, visual art, theatre, dance, writing, etc). Applicants who are not successful in 2018 may re-apply in future years.

We welcome and encourage applications from artists with disabilities who experience multiple structural barriers to resources and artistic development opportunities, i.e. women; transgender and non-binary artists; Indigenous artists; Black artists; artists of colour; queer artists, low-income, poor, and working-class artists, etc.

Eligible expenses:
The grant will fund any costs related to the development and/or presentation of an artistic work, including sustenance for applicant, materials, fees to collaborating artists, and production/exhibition costs.
This grant is not intended to be a scholarship for artistic studies or professional development training.

Applications will be assessed by a small committee of disability-identified artist representatives from The JRG Arts Society and The AMY Project. Applications will be asses based on the following criteria:

  • The application meets all eligibility requirements
  • Merit: Artistic merit of proposed project
  • Viability: the artist has established a clear and viable work schedule/process
  • Impact: the potential impact of the project for the applicant’s own artistic development, and for the wider community.

How to Apply:
Application is here:
The application is via an online form. If you need support to complete the application, or if you require an alternative way to apply, please contact us at – we are happy to find an application process that is accessible to you.

The deadline to apply is Friday April 27th, 2018, 5pm EST.

The recipient of the JRG Scholarship must acknowledge support from The AMY Project and The JRG Society For The Arts on all materials and publications relating to the project.