2014-11-04

The Sheilas

The Sheilas … in honour of Sheila Mackay’s philanthropy …

Sheila Hugh Mackay

Sheila Hugh Mackay


Evolving from the founder’s early program of small seed grants to emerging artists, the Foundation now offers an annual Facilitation Grant Program for arts organizations or collectives. These grants, affectionately known as “the Sheilas” in honour of Sheila Mackay’s philanthropy, are intended to support one of a kind projects aimed at fostering new initiatives in the province of New Brunswick.

Grants of $2000 to $10,000 are made available to organizations or collectives who propose projects on value which promise to promote and enhance the creation, interpretation or appreciation of the visual arts in New Brunswick. They are awarded on the recommendation of independent assessment panels.

To maximize impact and to assist organizations in long term developmental planning, the Foundation has established a cycle of focuses for this grant program, based on needs identified at public consultation sessions. Each year invitations and deadlines will be issued for the identified area of focus. Based on available resources in any given year, SHMF is committed to investment in projects that are recommended by qualified panels of professionals.

Applications will be evaluated on the following principles:

  • A credible concept or idea
  • Measurable goals, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria
  • Leadership and expertise
  • Viable financial plans
  • Understanding of contemporary art issues in New Brunswick

Note: Individuals do not qualify for the Sheilas. Groups with out-standing reporting are not eligible for additional funding.

Past Sheilas

2017 – Infrastructure
2016 – Critical and Documentary Writing
2015 – Infrastructure
2014 – Creation, installation and exhibition of public art
2013 – Development of creation and education projects
Sheila Archives