Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant


March 31, 2023 (and Fall 2023 - TBD)

If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Type of Funding: Project Funding

The Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant (AACL) supports the sharing of cultural skills and knowledge to young people through participatory cultural activity with First Nations or Métis arts and culture leaders.


The recommended request amount to this program is up to $15,000. This is the average range of funding that is allocated to successful applicants.

The absolute maximum request amount for activity is $30,000. Larger grant awards (above $15,000) are typically awarded to projects that present a significant opportunity to broadly impact numerous priorities and purposes of the AACL grant program. Additional considerations will be applied in reviewing submissions requesting between $15,000 and $30,000 that include:

  • The extent of commitment to the project including other self-generated income, in-kind support of staff and volunteers;
  • the extent that the project will be accessible to underserved communities;
  • the uniqueness of the activity; and
  • the potential for long-term impact.


The AACL program aims to advance the course of culture in Saskatchewan by supporting:

  • the sharing of cultural skills and knowledge to young peoples through mentorship opportunities that promote the world views, cultural practices and activities of First Nations and Métis peoples in Saskatchewan;
  • the development of cultural organizations in their ability to deliver and sustain cultural programming with First Nations and Métis peoples and communities, as well as to respond to emerging needs and changing demographics of the province;
  • increased employment opportunities for First Nations and Métis arts and culture resource peoples who offer cultural programming unique to Saskatchewan;
  • cultural awareness, cultural activity, skill development, personal growth and positive lifestyles at the individual, group and community level; and
  • the building of capacity for communities and cultural organizations to assess community needs and to effectively plan and implement cultural programs for, and by, First Nations and Métis peoples.


Eligible Applicants are:

  • Registered Non-Profit organizations in Saskatchewan. These organizations must:
  • have a primarily cultural mandate in Arts, Heritage, Multiculturalism or Cultural Industries as defined by SaskCulture’s Cultural Policy, or otherwise demonstrate significant engagement in cultural activity;
  • be in existence as a registered non-profit for at least one full fiscal year. If your organization has been incorporated for less than a year, please contact the SaskCulture consultant to discuss options.
  • be in good standing with Information Services Corporation (ISC) and have no outstanding grant follow-ups due to SaskCulture; and
  • provide a copy of the organization’s signed annual financial statement that was most recently submitted to the Information Services Corporation (ISC) to show evidence of good standing as a non-profit organization in Saskatchewan.
    • Note: Organizations receiving Annual Global Funding are not eligible to apply.


  • be a First Nation or Municipality. The applicant must:
    • be in good standing with the Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program; and
    • have no outstanding grant follow-ups due to SaskCulture.

Before You Apply

  • Please be aware that SaskCulture has transitioned all project grant applications to an online grant application and review system. Applicants must now submit grant applications through SaskCulture's Online Grant Platform. If there are any questions regarding the AACL, please contact Shelley at (306) 780-9289 or sfayant@saskculture.ca.
  • Read the AACL Guidelines Spring 2023;
  • All applicants, especially new applicants, are strongly urged to discuss their request with the Consultant prior to submission well in advance of the deadline; and
  • If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.


Applicants are expected to keep up-to-date the latest COVID-19 information  in the province, to follow any and all public health orders relating to COVID-19, and to consider ways to ensure the continued health, safety and enjoyment of volunteers and audiences.

  • Applicants may want to consider having alternative plans that are online or virtual activities or small group activities in case public health measures are implemented again.
  • Applicants are encouraged to organize events with clearly articulated cancellation policies and agreements on payments; and
  • Written or verbal notice of postponements or cancellations of funded events and activities must be submitted to SaskCulture.

If you have any questions about SaskCulture programs and services, please contact the Outreach Consultant listed on this page.

Related Success Stories