Fountain Endowment Grants

The mandate of the Fountain Endowment Grants program is to support initiatives and opportunities that elevate the activities of the School and impact the student experience. Eligible projects must meet the criteria in one or more of the following four categories:


Artists may include not only performers, but also teachers, critics, and scholars of the performing arts, in order to encompass the full range of work in the performing arts that is undertaken within our School. 

Residence need not refer only to lengthy positions, but also to shorter visits that encompass lengthy or multiple lectures, seminars, workshops or performances.

Outreach & Recruitment

Outreach and Recruitment represents our commitment to the communities of Dalhousie, Halifax, Nova Scotia and beyond. Initiatives include public talks and performances by our faculty and students with a goal to give the School wider public exposure and boost enrollment. Outreach and Recruitment projects can include, but are not limited to, partnering with community groups in events that enrich public cultural life, hosting events for prospective students, and sending members of our School to share their talent in other schools and venues.

Mentorship & Apprenticeship

Mentorship and Apprenticeship encompasses learning opportunities for our students outside of regular FSPA programming. This includes but is not limited to summer study programs outside of Dalhousie, apprenticeship and immersion, international study program, workshops/lectures/masterclasses by world-class artists, stage and music productions of student societies (SDMS & DTSS) and support for participation at national and international competitions.


Equipment funding is available for innovative, cutting-edge technical equipment, instruments, video, audio and related media. The funds will be awarded according to priority.

*The funds are not intended for purchase of regular classroom instruments/technology that can be requested through non-space equipment budget.


ELIGIBILITY (WHO CAN APPLY?) Principal applicant submitting a funding project proposal has to be a FSPA faculty member. FSPA students or student groups, FSPA administrative staff and applicants external to FSPA are eligible to apply if the funding proposal is co-signed/sponsored by a current FSPA faculty member. In this case, the FSPA faculty member co-signing the application for funding will be the principal applicant, assuming the responsibility for project management and outcome.

FUNDING & TIMELINE (HOW MUCH CAN YOU APPLY FOR AND WHEN?) Fountain Endowment Grants are available in three forms:

- Small Grants up to $1,000 are awarded upon submission and approval of a project proposal. There is no deadline for submission as Small Grants are available year-round. Requests for funding have to be submitted to FSPA Executive Committee no later than 30 days prior to the start of the project as FSPA must be acknowledged publicly in programs or publicity materials. Applications for small grants must be submitted in sufficient time to ensure this.

- Alumni Outreach Grants up to $5,000 are awarded to FSPA alumni who are deemed to be an eligible emerging artist. FSPA alumni are eligible to receive funding in the outreach and recruitment category only, upon submission and approval of project proposal. The grant aims to support alumni career development, FSPA community outreach, and recruitment. Calls for proposals will be announced once per year through Today@Dal and on this web-page. This year call for proposals will be announced on March 1st, 2019. The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2019. Successful applicant will be informed about the outcome by April 15th, 2019. (See FSPA Alumni Outreach Grants Terms of Reference for further guidelines)

- Capital Grants over $1,000 requiring substantial funding for extra-curricular activities (artist-in residence and outreach/recruitment) and state-of-the-art equipment are awarded once a year. Funding proposals have to be submitted by October 25, 2019, to the FSPA Executive Committee for consideration. If the funding proposal is successful, funds will be accessible in 2020-21 fiscal year, from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

*NOTE: Applications for projects in progress or supplementing funding for already completed projects may not be accepted.

APPLICATION ASSESSMENT PROCESS AND CRITERIA:  Applicants should complete the Fountain Endowment Grant Application Form and submit it to the FSPA Executive Committee for review and consideration. All proposals are considered and assessed by the FSPA Executive Committee on the following criteria:

  • proposal submitted or co-signed/sponsored by a current FSPA faculty member?  
  • proposal meets the funding categoriy criteria: artist-in-residence, outreach & recruitment, mentorship/apprenticeship and/or equipment 
  • proposal relates to current FSPA teaching curriculum and/or recruitment/outreach efforts
  • proposal timeline fits in the fiscal period  

Please see Application Guidelines and Policies for additional requirements and information.

The FSPA Executive Committee’s decision is final and the applicants will be informed of the outcome with a letter from the Director.

SUBMITTING YOUR FUNDING APPLICATION:  Please send you completed application and supporting materials to the Executive Committee by mail, email or fax;

Attention:   Executive Committee
Fountain School of Performing Arts
Suite 514, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, PO Box 150000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Tel: 902-494-2253
Fax: 902-494-2801

You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received.

If you have questions about the program or application process, contact the FSPA Administrative Officer for assistance.