Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation awards grants to early career artists in painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking.

IP TAKE: This funder supports multi-year grants, which is particularly helpful to new and emerging artists.

PROFILE: Established in 1995, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation was found by Charles Glass Greenshields to honor his mother. The foundation seeks to "promote and encourage the acquisition and development by students and artists of the necessary training, skills and competence in the traditional means of artistic expression.” 

Greenshields provides grants to early-career students and artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. Unfortunately, the foundation does not fund abstract or non-objective artwork. Greenshields also does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, animators, and video artists. Click here for a full list of its grantmaking exclusions.

First time grants are limited to $15,000 CAD and subsequent grants max out at $18,000 CAD. Awards are made directly to grantees and not through other organizations. Greenshields accepts grant applications from artists residing all around the world.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Full applications and all related materials must be delivered to the foundation via traditional mail.


  • Claudette Bellemare, President
  • Robin Morton, Vice President
  • Christopher Gabriel-Lacki, Director