ShowUp: A Fund for BIPOC & QT Creators

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve shows and the maker community by removing barriers that Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and Queer and Trans (QT) makers, artists, and creators face, especially when it comes to participating in craft and vendor shows.

We Recognize

  • The inherent presence of racism and white supremacy within our society that is pervasive, harmful, and omnipresent.
  • The impact that privilege has across society, including within the maker and vendor community.
  • That privilege manifests itself in various ways, including ease of access to markets, materials, and networks for launching a business.
  • That we are working with the goal of helping to ease some of the barriers for Black, indigenous, and people of colour and transgender and LGBTQ2+ individuals who wish to enter into this space.

What is the scope of the fund?

Applicants can apply to for a grant of $50-$250 towards expenses for participating in a in person show where they wish to sell their works. In addition to this grant, successful applicants will also receive some other benefits, including a 6 month subscription to ShowWiz Vendor+.

To be explicit: this fund, and the grants it offers, are not charity. BIPOC and QT individuals face barriers in society due to the effects of white supremacy (which cissexism and heterosexism are related to). These grants aim to help level the playing field. They are not handouts.

The number of successful applicants will be dependent on the balance of money in the fund. The fund is dependent on donations for its continuance.

ShowUp is not merely inclusive. We are actively anti-racist in our approach.

Who Can Apply?

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC)
  • LGBTQ2S,  Queer & Trans individuals

    Who are:
  • makers, artists, or creatives; who
  • are planning on selling their works at a show or event; and
  • who live within the ShowWiz geographic catchment (roughly Cornwall to Deep River to Belleville, including Gatineau/Alymer).

How are Recipients Selected?

Applicant pools will be considered quarterly with the exception of December. More precisely, applications will be considered at the end of March, June, and September.

All applications will be reviewed by members of the Selection Committee who will make their decisions. All funding will be at the final discretion of the Selection Committee and ShowWiz.