Indigenous Cultural Initiatives Program

SPECIAL NOTICE:  The Government of Manitoba has announced that beginning in April 2020, the Manitoba Arts Council will assume responsibility for administering the Indigenous Cultural Initiatives Program.

For more information on these program changes, please see the Media Release.

For any projects taking place after April 1, 2020:

The deadline for submission of an application is 8 weeks prior to the start of your event and must be submitted through the Manitoba Arts Council.

For questions about how to apply to the Manitoba Arts Council for this program in 2020-21, contact the Manitoba Arts Council Help Desk.  The helpdesk of the Manitoba Arts Council is available during office hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). You can contact the helpdesk by email ( or by calling our toll-free number: 1-866-994-ARTS (2787).

For any projects taking place before the end of March 31, 2020:

The final deadline to submit an application to the Arts Branch is February 4, 2020.  After that, please submit your application through the Manitoba Arts Council.

For current clients who have received an Indigenous Cultural Initiatives grant in 2019-20:

If you have already received funding for projects taking place in the current 2019-20 fiscal year and ending before March 30, 2020, please submit your final reports to the Arts Branch.

The Indigenous Cultural Initiatives Program provides non-profit organizations, Indigenous service providers, with project grants towards activities that foster the transmission of indigenous cultural knowledge, engage youth in traditional practices or teachings and promote understanding, awareness, appreciation and preservation of Indigenous culture, language and heritage. This program offers two components:

  • Arts Education – supports initiatives providing instruction or mentorship in traditional or contemporary arts education; and
  • Traditional Dance – supports the cultural component of traditional annual arts presentations or powwow celebrations.

Priority will be given to mentor-based initiatives and activities that demonstrate the highest degree of community interaction, cultural impact and youth participation.

Program Guidelines and Application (PDF)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program consultant before filling out an application. For more information please contact:

Mr. Stuart Desnomie
Indigenous Arts Consultant
Telephone: (204) 945-1048