The Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP) provides financial support to professional arts organizations for events or projects that stimulate sustainable economic development of the province’s cultural resources.
The objectives of the program are to:
Eligible sectors include the following:
** CEDP supports film sector organizations and film festivals. Other Provincial support for film and TV is offered through the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council .
Crafts: For information on provincial support to craftspeople, please contact the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador or the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council offers granting programs to individuals and organizations, professional and community based, in all disciplines.
Professional arts groups are eligible to apply for funding to assist with costs associated with major cultural festivals and marquee events, smaller festivals and performance series, and one-off projects related to marketing, touring and professional development.
Sector based organizations are eligible to apply for funding to assist with costs associated with implementing their mandate and for projects that have an industry-wide benefit.
Individual artists are not eligible for CEDP funding.
Eligibility does not guarantee an automatic right to assistance. Applicants are eligible to receive only one CEDP grant per fiscal year.
Applicants are expected to seek support from other government agencies, as well as private and corporate sources, to complement CEDP funding.
Eligible costs include those associated with:
Costs associated with website development are not eligible.
Support is based on the submission of an annual strategy and work plan with clearly defined and measurable outcomes for increasing the economic impact for the cultural industries and for the provincial economy; the size and significance of the event, professional development opportunities, potential audience and/or networking opportunities, and overall project costs.
Preference is given to groups with an established track record of significant professional commitment to cultural industries development in the province.
In the case of activities such as workshops, training or mentorships, organizations that receive CEDP support are expected to charge a nominal fee to participants.
In all cases, applicants must contribute at least 10% towards eligible costs.
The minimum level of support is $2,000.
It is strongly recommended that applicants discuss their proposal with a CEDP Program Officer at the preliminary stage.
The Cultural Economic Development Program supports initiatives with a strong potential for sustained development and employment over the long term. Projects are reviewed in the context of sound market and business planning, the application of best practices, and competitive impact.
Applications should be concise, comprehensive and professional, and must include a balanced budget. A budget template is available for use as a guide in preparing the budget.
Applicants must provide their most recent financial statement. Please contact a Program Officer to determine whether a Review Engagement is required.
A complete list of required information is provided on the application form. Completed applications should be submitted a minimum of 6 (six) weeks in advance of the project start date.
The Cultural Economic Development Program Assessment Committee will make the final determination as to what constitutes eligible costs for a given project. Eligible costs are retroactive to the date of receipt of a completed application.
Where deemed a part of approved project costs, per diems (accommodation and meals) and gas mileage rates will be reimbursed based on current provincial rates (available from the Program Officer). Extended periods of travel will be subject to a limit on per diem expenses. Meal and accommodation receipts are not required; however, proof of travel cost is required. Air travel should not exceed full fare economy.
For grants of $10,000 or less, successful applicants may receive a 90% advance for the approved project contribution.
For grants above $10,000, successful applicants may receive a 50% advance for the approved project contribution. A second installment of 40% may be issued midway through the project upon submission of a progress report.
In all cases, there will be a holdback of 10% of the approved contribution pending receipt and approval of a final report.
All projects must be completed and a final report submitted within ten weeks of completion of the project, or by March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. Failure to submit the final report within this time frame will result in a forfeiting of the final payment.
All funding recipients are required to acknowledge the support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador by including the official logo in any printed or electronic materials, events or performances related to the activity. To obtain the logo for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, call (709) 729-7518.