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ArtsNL announces plan for $1 million increase to its annual allocation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2019 (Eastport, NL) –Today ArtsNL is pleased to share the details of a plan for the recently announced $1 million increase to the arms-length provincial public arts funding agency’s annual allocation, which was included in the provincial 2019-20 budget.

“We were certainly very pleased with the announcement of the $1 million increase for ArtsNL contained within this year’s provincial budget as well as government’s commitment to raise ArtsNL’s overall allocation to $5 million by 2022,” said Stan Hill, ArtsNL Chair. “As a result of efforts made by the arts community throughout the province in their call for an increase to ArtsNL, the overall allocation is $2,936,600 for this fiscal year. This increase will provide Council with the ability and flexibility to increase funding in its provincial arts grant programs, fulfilling its mandate to foster and promote the creation of arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

Members of ArtsNL’s Council recently met to discuss how the additional funds would be distributed across ArtsNL’s public arts grant programs. Council agreed to allocate the total $1,000,000 into four of ArtsNL’s existing grant programs as follows:

- The Professional Project Grants Program will see an increase of $490,000 (making a total of $1,040,000 available).
- The Professional Artists’ Travel Fund (PATF) will double available annual funds from $30,000 to $60,000, or $20,000 per session (the PATF has three sessions per fiscal year).
- The Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations (SPPAO) will have an additional $380,000 allocated (bringing its total to $955,000).
- The Annual Operating Grant for Professional Arts Organizations (AOPPAO) will have an additional $100,000 allocated (bringing its total to $250,000).

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Source: Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

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