Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts grants are available for both emerging and established artists, in Lunenburg County, across all artistic mediums: theatre, visual arts, dance, writing, music, fine craft, as well as multi-media and inter-disciplinary projects. Get creative and apply today!

APPLYING IS SIMPLE

Step 1

Download and complete the grant application form so we can get to know you and your work.

Step 2

Submit your application by May 31, 2024. Grants are awarded once a year.

Step 3

Applications are reviewed and applicants notified of grants awarded within six weeks of the deadline.

The next application deadline is: May 31, 2024

Please email info@lunenburgartsfoundation.ca with any grant-related questions.

PAST RECIPIENTS

2023 Grants

$1,000 - Lunenburg Theatre Collective

Funds to support an original play at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, July and August of 2023

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$1,200 - Chanelle Jefferson

“The Art of Being Seen”  Sixteen participants to be drawn of eight weeks, combining psychology, spirituality and art.  Studio show at the end of the project.

$650 - Helah Cooper

Woodworker, attending Ironbound Creative Residency – La Have

$1,269 - "Wilder...The Art and Intuition of Three Cool Women"

Kate Church, Sally Hutchison and Carole Glasser Langille – La Have Bakery Gallery.  Gallery exhibition and workshops in September 2023 which will encourage people to express themselves through art and writing

$1,200 - Seaside A Cappella Group

Musical variety show in October 2023, Bridgewater, N.S.

$1200 - The Old Confidence Lodge - Riverport, N.S.

Children’s production of Stone Soup, created with children, for children and about children.

2022 Grants

$1,650 - Lunenburg Theatre Collective

A new local theatrical company, to offset production costs for staging the play “Lunenburg”, written by Norm Foster, at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic Ice House Theatre; starring: Cynthia Myers, Mary Knickle and Stephen Findlay; directed by Merrill Heubach (all local Lunenburg County residents). All performances were sold out!

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$1,350 - Hear Here Productions

For the completion of two short art films: Rock, Tree, Water, and Green Moss Meadow, both shot in Mahone Bay, to complete a trilogy of films called Woodlight. Acollaborative series of performance films that combine poetry, dance and music in three beautiful outdoor settings in Lunenburg County. There are many local Lunenburg county artists involved with this film: Erin Donovan (AD, music and film director), Alice Burdick (poet) Justin Pickens (video), Eliote Schuler (editing), Beatrice Schuler (photos), John Adams (recording) and Halifax based Susanne Chui (movement), India Gailey (cello) and Ellen Gibling (harp), and the settings featured in the films are all in Wentzell’s Woods in Mahone Bay.

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$1,100 - South Shore Summer Theatre

Production of a full-scale musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, by local young actors, singers, dancers, supported by a production team of theatre professionals. Non-profit youth theatre group, led by Jerri Southcott, former TV lifestyle host and journalist, living in Mahone Bay. The production was staged in Lunenburg and Liverpool.

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$900 - Lunenburg DocFest

Granted to support three free outdoor waterfront screenings on Zwicker’s Wharf, during the 9th Lunenburg Doc Fest 2022, September 23 to 25. The subjects of the documentaries shown included ocean, environment, cultural diversity, sailing, fishing and outdoor living. $900

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The Lunenburg Theatre Collective presented “Lunenburg”, by Norm Foster from July 19 through August 6, 2022, at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. We are very pleased with the success of this, our first endeavour. It was risky to start a new company and perform in a small venue….we knew were stepping into an unknown. Although we felt confident in our abilities, we had no idea that we would be successful. Receiving the generous grant money from the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts was a great relief as we ventured forth. We are currently planning for shows and events for the months ahead.”

~ Lunenburg Theatre Collective, (Stephen Findlay, Merrill Heubach, Mary Knickle and Cynthia Myers)

2021 Grants

$1,000 - Morgan Zwicker

Jazz composer & performer, for Banff Centre music residency.

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$1,000 - Onya Hogan-Finlay

Contemporary interdisciplinary artist, for the launch of the sculpture project “Apple Obscura”.

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$1,550 - Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

Intergenerational workshops for making traditional Mi’kmaw drums.

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$2,000 - Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP)

To support the creation of Penelope Part II, the second of 3 commissions to complete a full-length opera. Poet/writer Sue Goyette, composer, Gavin Fraser and conductor/soprano, Barbara Hannigan.

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“The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society has received funding from the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts several times in recent years. While funding is always important for a not-for-profit society like Folk Harbour, the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts provides so much more than just financial support. They are our neighbours here in Lunenburg and they truly understand the local arts scene. As such, they provide an important perspective on artistic projects in our community that might fall by the wayside without their help. When Folk Harbour applied for provincial funding to present workshops in making Mi’kmaw hand drums, we were not initially successful and were told our application would be strengthened with local support. We reached out to the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts and they made a financial commitment to the project; soon after, the province provided funding, too. In this case, the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts supported us not only financially but also in recognizing the cultural importance of our initiative. Their belief in our initiative was the difference in our ability to present this workshop, which turned out to be the most well-received, most educational, and most appreciated workshop Folk Harbour has ever offered. It is a perfect example of the synergy that results when local arts groups work together for the betterment of our community.  The Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts is a key player in keeping the local arts scene vibrant, and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society is deeply grateful for the help we have received over the years.”

~ Mary Dillon, Director, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

2020 Grants – No grants were awarded due to Covid and the restrictions it created.

2019 Grants

$1,475 - Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

Folk Steps conference and workshop, “Old Time Music and the Roots of Bluegrass”.

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$2,300 - Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP)

Gavin Fraser, an emerging NS composer commissioned to write a new work for performance by the LAMP Trio, supporting LAMP’s work to become a recognized new music incubator. Creating a composition by an emerging composer.

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$650 - Ricky Frenette

An emerging composer and instrumentalist, to enable participation in the LAMP composition academy, led by Dinuk Wijeratne, Robert Aitken and two visiting composers.

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$1,500 - Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP)

Beethoven 250, a year-long celebration of the 250th  anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

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$1,500 - Marla Benton

Creation of a permanent ceramic wall sculpture at Bayview Community School, Mahone Bay, hung in the library. With the education system taking more and more art out of the system, parents have been fighting to keep the school library open. Supporting the students to create a permanent installation in their school will help give them ownership and pride of where they grew up.

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$1,000 - Maritime Concert Opera

Performance of Hansel & Gretel.

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$700 - Rebecca Fisk

Solo exhibition at the Lunenburg Art Gallery.

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$500 - Lunenburg DocFest

“Said & Scene” a unique collaboration of film and the spoken word.

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$300 - Lunenburg Art Gallery

Annual Lunenburg County High School Art Show.

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“The Foundation’s most recent contribution helped Doc Fest enhance programming, elevate social engagement, and promote the art forms of film and music through a new open-admission Docs on the Dock screening series at Zwicker Wharf; the outdoor showcase was especially welcome during a time when select audience members continue to practice social distancing.”

~ Lunenburg Doc Fest – Pamela Segger – Executive Director

2018 Grants

$1,800 - Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP)

Rossini Opera Festival, Original musical theatre based on Rossini letters, marking 5th year of Rossini Opera Festival, with NS actor/comedian Bill Carr as Rossini and pianist Gianni Fabbrini.

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$1,000 - Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

Folk Steps Workshop and conference, day long program, exploring traditional folk music, open to the public. Theme of 2018 “the roots of the blues”, 8 musicians, including Ruthie Foster and Kat Danser. Designed for audiences who want more than just a concert. It is participatory, interactive, educational and suitable for all ages and backgrounds.

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$500 - Peer Gallery

NS Archives exhibition. Peer gallery is an artist cooperative in Lunenburg, given the opportunity to display the work of all 15 member artists at the Chase Gallery in the Nova Scotia Public Archives, September 8 to 28, first exhibition outside of their home gallery in Lunenburg. Grant was to help cover expenses associated with the exhibition.

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$1,200 - Colleen Hagen

Experienced local writer, director and theatrical trainer, for writing and performing a one-woman theatre production, ‘Who I want to be’  for performance in Spring 2019. The play focuses on the absurdity of relationships, with 3 characters, a husband and wife and the husband’s ex-wife who has moved in next door.

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$500 - Su Rogers

Solo exhibition of artwork. titled “Family all gather (together)” a series of large format canvasses, creating groupings of individual family figures, based on her family roots in Lunenburg, traced back over 300 years.

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$1,000 - Maritime Concert Opera

Production of Pirates of Penzance, June 2019 all Nova Scotian cast of 10 professional singers and a chorus of 30 enthusiastic amateurs from Lunenburg County. Three live performances in Lunenburg, Shelburne and Annapolis Royale. Discovering and presenting rising operatic vocalists has been a hallmark of MCO’s 15-year history.

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$600 - Lunenburg Art Gallery

March 2019 Lunenburg county School Art Show.

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Lamp would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Lunenburg Foundation of the Arts for their kind support over the years. This generosity has enabled us to expand our programming and assist more young artists make the transition to a career in music, and has helped to increase the impact of our Outreach Programme throughout the South Shore. Thank you for helping us make a positive difference.

~ LAMP

2017 Grants

$800 - Youth Theatre Camp

Youth theatre camps held during the Summer, organized by Colleen Hagen, an experienced local writer, director and theatrical trainer.

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$1,000 - Julia Millett
$1,500 - Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP)

Composition academy.

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$500 - Reed Campbell

Grant for writing and composing a musical murder mystery.

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$1,000 - Maritime Concert Opera

Production of Acis and Galatea.

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$1,000 - Lunenburg DocFest

A public talk by Sky Bergman, the director of one of the 2017 documentaries.

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$1,000 - NSCAD residents, Helah Cooper, Merle Harley and Gillian Maradyn-Jowsey

Public Textile workshop held January 20th, 2018, with 25 participants of all ages, experimenting with textiles and fiber arts. The works produced at the workshop were subsequently exhibited at the NSCAD Community Residency, Old Lunenburg Firehall, where the workshop had taken place.

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