Check out the book Crafted: Upstarts on the Make, it’s full of resources and examples from crafters for crafters! Here are some resources and supports it mentions:
The Craft Industry Development Program is funded by the federal and provincial governments, which manage it jointly with the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. It supports projects aimed at developing skills, products, and markets. Practising craftspeople may be reimbursed for up to 75% for some projects, or 50% for marketing projects. Applicants need to submit samples to a product review process before applying for funds. Applications are made through your local Economic Development Officer of the Department of Innovation, Business, and Rural Development.
For information about the Craft Industry Development Program, visit http://www.ibrd.gov.nl.ca/sectordev/craftprograms.html
CIDP also funds the Craft Council’s Awards Program, which offers scholarships, funds for new product development, support for new studio start-up and contributions towards community education and audience development projects. Applications are made through the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.
For information about the Awards Program, visit the Craft Council website at: www.craftcouncil.nl.ca
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council is an arms-length provincial agency that fosters and promotes the creation and enjoyment of the arts. Craft makers may seek support for the creation of fine studio craft, or travel grants for career-enhancement opportunities. Applications are made through the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
For information about the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s programs, visit www.nlac.nf.ca/grants/index.htm
The Cultural Economic Development Program provides provincial funds to assist professional artists and arts industry organizations in three specific areas: market development and export, professional development, and operational support for organizations. Support for the craft sector will likely be limited to those creating gallery calibre, one-of-a-kind works.
For information about the Cultural Economic Development Program, visit www.tcr.gov.nl.ca/tcr/artsculture/cedp/index.html
The purpose of the Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs Program is to advance entrepreneurship and innovation among youth (up to 35 years of age) in the province. Financial support is available for marketing projects, mentoring and advisory servies, market research, and the establishment or enhancement of youth-based businesses.
For more information visit: www.ibrd.gov.nl.ca/regionaldevYEIP.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Self-Employment Benefit Program provides Employment Insurance (EI) eligible clients with the training and councelling needed to launch full-time new businesses in the province. It helps individuals create jobs for themselves by providing them with coaching, ongoing business advice and financial support for up to a year.
For information about the Self-Employment Benefit Program in St. John’s or Mount Pearl, visit: www.mboc.ca/entrepreneurs/self_emp_ben.php
For information elsewhere in the province, find your nearest Canada Business Development Corporation (CBDC) by visiting: www.cbdc.ca
The Canada Council for the Arts is a national, arm’s-length arts funding agency that funds individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process. It supports projects and offers long-term production grants to fine craft artists and curators for work in research and professional development, production, and career development.
For information about the funding programs of the Canada Council for the Arts, visit www.canadacouncil.ca/visualarts
The Revolving Loan Fund of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador offers interest-free or low-interest loans to juried members. Loans are available for up to $3,000 and must be repaid within 12 months. Applications are reviewed monthly.
For information about the Craft Council’s Revolving Loan Fund, contact the Craft Council at email@example.com and request an application form.