1. Funding
  2. Prizes
  3. Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts

NOTE: Please note that we are currently processing all eligible applications for this prize despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. However, due to these exceptional circumstances, the results will be revealed later than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts

Celebrating excellence in fine crafts


The Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts supports many special initiatives of the Canadian crafts community.

What is this prize?

The Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts assists non-profit visual arts and fine craft organizations and fine crafts professionals in undertaking projects that contribute to an understanding of the fine crafts in Canada via three program components:

  • research and policy development assistance (for organizations and individuals);
  • special project assistance (for organizations);
  • pre-publication assistance (for organizations).

Please note: We sometimes receive applications for activities that are not aligned with this program’s objectives. To be eligible, your project must directly relate to research and policy development of fine craft in Canada. For individual research and creation projects please consider applying for a Research / Creation or Concept to Realization grant in the Explore and Create program.

Prize amount

$5,000 – $7,000

How to qualify

Apply to the Council.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from all applicants.

For eligibility criteria, the application form and further information, see the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

This fund was established in 1985 with a contribution from the late Mrs. Chalmers, who left a $500,000 endowment to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Contact information

Jennifer Cherniack

Program Officer, Prizes

E-mail: chalmers-prizes@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5265

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5265

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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