Our mission is to support, foster and represent string and orchestral activities through advocacy, resource sharing and providing opportunities for learning and growth.
The Saskatchewan Orchestral Association Project Grants Program supports:
Special or yearly projects that further SOA objectives and which are undertaken either by SOA group members or SOA member organizations. Funding priorities are youth, education, diversity, quality & impact, and levels of participation.
SOA Project Grants Program Allocation Process
SOA Project Grants are allocated by the SOA board of directors based on funds available through the SOA budget and the results of its adjudication process.
Grant applications will be reviewed by independent assessors who are professionals in the orchestral field. These individuals provide assessments to the SOA board of directors based on the adjudication criteria outlined below.
Eligible Applicants are current members of the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association as per one of the following definitions:
SOA Group Member: Organizations who hold one SOA Membership on behalf of their organization.
SOA Member Organization: Organizations in which all participants hold an SOA Membership.
Applicants are encouraged to carry liability insurance. The SOA assumes no liability for losses incurred at SOA funded programs.
Project Grant applications are reviewed by independent assessors who are professionals in the orchestral field with appropriate knowledge and experience. These independent assessors provide ratings to the SOA Board of Directors based on the adjudication criteria outlined below. Adjudicators may not be familiar with your program.
*NOTE: Applicants are expected to consider carefully and directly address the adjudication criteria when developing their applications.
Region (Is your program located in a rural, northern, or remote community?)
Participants (Do you serve Indigenous or Metis people, newcomers, or underserved or groups facing financial challenge?)
Repertoire (Indigenous composers, SK and Canadian composers, contemporary, et al)
5/5 Program is intended primarily for educating the orchestral musicians. (i.e. masterclass, school programs, lessons)
3/5 Program is intended primarily for educating the community. (ie conference for parents or teachers)
2/5 Education is secondary to the program’s primary purpose. (ie pre-concert chat)
1/5 Program is a passive listening experience.
5/5 Program is exclusively for young participants.
3/5 Program includes young participants.
0/5 Program is designed for those over age 25.
We prefer to fund projects that provide opportunities for recreational players as opposed to career musicians.
Longevity of benefit, number of students, investment value, value for participants, cost per participant.
How much do the musicians learn and do they enjoy the process? Please consider: Quality and credentials of instructors, quality of curriculum, ability to engage with participants, and anything else that you think is relevant.
Approved Project Grant amounts are paid in two equal instalments. The first half of the grant is paid prior to the beginning of the project. Final payment is sent after a completed final report has been received by the SOA.
If changes of scale, scope or focus are made after the initial application has been approved, any disbursed funds must be returned, and a new application must be filed. A change of date does not require a new application, but the SOA Executive Director must be informed so that funds can be distributed in a timely manner.
Project Grant recipients are required to submit a final report, including financial statements, due no later than 90 days following the end of the project as indicated by the project dates on the application form. Final report forms are available on the SOA website. No further funding will be available to the group until the final report and required information are received by the SOA.
The SOA Project Grants Program is supported by funding from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation through SaskCulture.
Recipients of the grant program are required to acknowledge the support of SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation and the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association on concert programs, newsletters, publications and wherever else appropriate as outlined in the Project Grant Application Form.
Receipt of final grant payment is dependent on fulfilling this requirement.
Please retain promotional materials throughout the year and submit them with your final report. Submitted information will be used in SOA reports including the Annual Report, web/social media and public relations materials.
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