ArtThe Town of Stratford is pleased to offer a bursary to support Artists/Artisans residing in Stratford. 

The goal of the bursary is to ease the financial burden to Artist/Artisans as they continue their education/skill development. This program awards bursaries (maximum of $1,000.00 annually) for full time, part time and short-term studies. 


  • To be eligible, applicants MUST be residing in Stratford and lived in the town for a minimum of 12 months prior to the application deadline.
  • To be considered for this bursary, please complete the Application Form, and submit the following.
  • Artist Statement (PDF)
  • CV/resume (PDF)
  • Portfolio of recent artistic work (images, text, or audio/video)
  • 350-word description of applicant’s professional career plans.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Current profile picture of you to be used for media release, social media, and Town’s webpage. This photo will be made public if your application is successful.
  • List continuing education and/or skill development you wish to attend. Please include dates, location, cost, name(s) of qualified/certified instructor(s) facilitating course/workshop, travel expenses, and other pertinent information.
  • Indicate if you would be willing to mount a public exhibition of your work at the Stratford Town Centre? (Yes/No)
  • Please allow one month, from receipt of bursary application, to process application.
  • Deadline is February 1, 2024 by 12:00 pm (noon). If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it will be moved to the next business day.
  • Studies completed before the competition deadline are NOT eligible.
  • Short-term studies beginning before the competition deadline are NOT eligible.
  • An artist may submit only ONE application for the bursary program per deadline.
  • Eligible artist disciplines include craft, textile arts, dance, culinary arts, literary arts (including spoken word, storytelling, literary performance, and literary translation), media arts, multidisciplinary arts, classical and non-classical music, theatre arts, architecture, and visual art.

Bursary will be paid in full to the successful applicant upon receipt of official confirmation of enrollment from the institution. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the institution in order to request that official confirmation of enrollment be sent to the mailing address below or emailed to [email protected].

If official confirmation of enrollment is not received by the Town of Stratford within nine (9) months following the application deadline for the competition in which the bursary was awarded, the award will be considered cancelled, and funds will no longer be available to be disbursed.

Applicants who do not complete the studies for which the bursary was awarded will be required to reimburse the total amount received back to the Town of Stratford.

Kindly note applications will be accepted in-person or by mail to the Town of Stratford offices (234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford, PEI C1B 2V8) during regular office hours, or via email at [email protected]. Please direct any questions to the Arts and Culture Programming Coordinator at 902-569-6925 or by sending an email to the email address set out above.

Town of Stratford reserves the right to revise programs at any time without notice.