Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants

Awards CAD $15,000 to artists who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking, are in the early or developmental stage of their career.

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial.

The Foundation provides financial assistance to artists who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking, who are in the early or developmental stage of their career and demonstrate a commitment to making art a lifetime career. First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each, and subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each. The Foundation reserves the right to award grants in other amounts.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Ongoing

The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for submitting an application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be in the early or developmental stage of their career, work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career. Applications must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submitting their application, and there are no geographic or residency requirements.

Grantees who have complied with the terms and conditions of a grant previously awarded to them by the Foundation may apply for a second or third grant one year after the award of their previous grant. 

Applicants who have previously applied for, but not received, a grant may reapply after two years. 

Only those applicants who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking will be considered. The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic designers and illustrators; photographers; cartoonists; animation artists; video artists, filmmakers and digital artists; craft-makers; or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.

Application Process

Applications must be completed online, then printed, dated and signed by the applicant, and submitted by mail. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, email, Internet or other electronic means. 

The documents required include: 

Proof of identity: copy of an official photograph attesting to the identity, date of birth and address of the applicant

Proof of acceptance: If applicant is applying for a grant to further his or her art education or training, a letter or other proof of acceptance from the school, university, or other institution where the applicant intends to study or train confirming his or her acceptance, by name, to the selected program of studies or training for the period or academic year.

Artistic Proposal and Artist Statement

Budget

Portfolio 

Letter of reference 

Exhibition and press materials 

For more details about the application process, visit the foundation's website.