Our culture is captured by Canadian artists, who convert it into stories. Live events and songs tell those experiences and spread them across the country and worldwide. We identify as Canadians and show the world what makes us special via the different perspectives of our artists and creators. Individual artists, groups, and arts organizations can benefit from the Canada Council’s assistance. Grants are available for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have received specialized training — albeit not required in an academic context — and are recognized as professionals in their field by other artists. Individual awards are primarily utilized for the creation, production, and presentation of works and professional development, residency, travel, and sector development.
Artists in Canada lists a number of organizations that provide ongoing grants and financing for artists seeking financial assistance and arts groups wishing to fund their projects and activities. Examine regional and provincial opportunities, as well as Canada Arts Grants, to see if you qualify.
What Are the Grants Provided by Canada Council?
Canada Council grants are organized into six programs.
- Engage and Sustain
- Explore and Create
- Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
- Supporting Artistic Practice
- Arts Across Canada
- Arts Abroad
Engage and Sustain
Engage and Sustain supports arts organizations in the core of Canada’s creative communities, fostering a deep foundation for the arts in Canada. This program supports organizations dedicated to fostering artistic excellence, expanding the arts through programming, and exposing a wide audience to various artists and creative works. The Canada Council for the Arts anticipates the following outcomes from this program:
1. Canadian arts organizations provide high-quality public engagement programs.
2. Canadian arts organizations adapt to change and serve as resources for their professional communities, fostering long-term artistic growth.
3. Canadian arts groups remain relevant in their communities thanks to high-quality programming and outreach initiatives.
What are the components of the engage and sustain program?
Engage and Sustain’s Artistic Catalysts programme supports Canadian arts organizations that nurture artistic practices and respond to the evolution of creative communities across the country. Grants support the work of organizations that foster artist encounters and public linkages.
Engage and Sustain’s Artistic Institutions component supports major Canadian arts organizations entrenched in their communities and dedicated to supporting artists and a wide range of artistic practices. Grants enable institutions to act as artistic leaders by supporting initiatives that develop and promote the work of creators while also enhancing their public relationships.
Explore and Create
Explore and Create Funds Dedicated to creating and distributing innovative, dynamic, and diverse art by Canadian artists, artistic groups, and organizations. This initiative promotes Canadian artistic practises by encouraging artists to research creative processes and take risks that lead to creating one-of-a-kind pieces that will appeal to the general public. Explore and Create promotes artists’ professional development and their research, development, creation, and production of work.
Professional Development for Artists
Explore and Create’s Professional Development for Artists component encourages involvement in various development initiatives to help Canadian artists and artistic groups advance their careers. Grants support activities that help Canadian artists flourish professionally working in all artistic fields.
If you’re having trouble with the application process, you might be qualified for Application Assistance, which pays someone to assist you.
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Research and Creation
Explore and Create’s Research, and Creation component aids in the early phases of the creative process. Artists, artistic groups, and arts organizations from Canada can apply to create and develop new works. Grants help fund innovative research, creation, and project development. If you’re having trouble with the application process, you might be qualified for Application Assistance, which pays someone to assist you.
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Concept to Realization
Explore and Create’s Concept to Realization component helps you through the entire creative process, from conception to presentation, at any point along the way. Artists, artistic groups, and arts organizations from across Canada can apply to create projects for public display. Artistic research, creation, project development, remounts, production, post-production, and presentation, are all supported by grants.
This section confers:
a. Grants for single-activity project
b. Grants that cover a variety of activities over a long time.
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Explore and Create’s artist-driven Organizations component promotes the growth of artistic activities by Canadian arts organizations guided by the vision of artistic leaders, from research to invention to production and dissemination. Grants support the operations of organizations tasked with assisting artists in their creative process, encouraging the emergence of new artistic voices, and providing a diverse range of artistic experiences to the general public.
Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
The Canada Council for the Arts is dedicated to confirming and reviving its relationship with Canada’s indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. The Canada Council believes that stimulating First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists, artistic practises, and communities will require an approach that respects their artistic expression, cultural protocols, Indigenous rights, and Indigenous worldviews. Creating, Knowing, and Sharing recognizes Indigenous peoples’ cultural sovereignty and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis self-determination ideals.
Supporting Artistic Practice promotes a vibrant arts support system in Canada by funding Canadian arts professionals, groups, and organizations that champion the Canadian arts industry, increase artists’ capacity to actualize work, and improve the conditions of creativity. Supporting Artistic Practice adds to the growing network of resources available to strengthen the arts and drive sector innovation by promoting collaboration, focused projects, and career development opportunities for Canadian arts workers.
Arts Across Canada
Arts Across Canada promotes meaningful interactions and exchanges between artists and the general population throughout Canada. Artists, arts professionals, groups, and organizations can apply to present and share their work with a wide range of communities around the country, deepen their engagement with the public, and build a better national reputation. Festivals and other presenters can apply to showcase the work of Canadian and foreign artists while also contributing to Canada’s expanding discourse and exchange on the arts.
Arts Abroad promotes Canadian artists’ creativity, innovation, and excellence by assisting in the international distribution of their works. This initiative helps artists, arts professionals, groups, and organizations gain global exposure, engage in artistic exploration or exchanges with international peers, and grow new and current art markets.
Some other grants that are provided for the artists:
Artists and Education Funding
This money helps Alberta schools by covering the costs of professional Alberta artists from any artistic discipline who provide interactive arts residency initiatives. The maximum grant amount will be $15,000.
· Full-time employment at an Alberta school or a school jurisdiction recognized by Alberta Education
· Kindergarten through 12th-grade students
· When school populations, geography, or conditions warrant, two or more qualifying schools may apply to partner on a project.
Project Grant Program
This initiative is designed to provide one-time project financing to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary who are pursuing a professional practice in any artistic discipline. Arts administrators and cultural workers are not eligible for this programme. Applicants may submit proposals for creative study, creation, development, production, presentation, or dissemination. Professional, business and artistic career development initiatives are also available to applicants. Experimentation or creating new or adapted approaches to practice may be part of a project. Cross-sector collaboration, the creative economy, and neighbourhood-level initiatives are all possibilities.
Artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000 in funding. A total of $1,600,000 is available for this programme.
Artist Development Program by FACTOR
The Artist Development Program provides a one-year grant for activities such as sound recording, touring and showcasing, video production, marketing, and promotion.
Applicants who qualify:
· Value of General Artist
· Artist 2
Amount covered: 75% of eligible charges up to $2,000
Expenses That Qualify:
1. Sound recording: studio time, third-party staff charges, mixing, mastering, artwork, photography, and design;
2. Touring and displaying expenditures include flights, vehicle rental, gas, hotel rooms, registration fees, third-party staff costs, marketing, and advertising.
3. Production expenditures for music videos, lyric videos, and promotional content by third parties; and
Publicists, advertising, digital marketing, social media, and website building are all marketing examples.
Community Performing Arts Organizations Operating Funding by Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)
This grant grants funds to qualifying non-profit community organizations that self-create and self-produce performing arts productions annually. This money is for operations particular to your organization’s mandate, strategic and/or business plan, and activities as indicated in your application and/or reporting. AFA operations funds are often used to cover costs such as:
1. the management
2. computer programming
3. remuneration and fees
4. promotion of fixed assets and equipment upkeep
5. any other costs necessary to carry out your organization’s mission
Alberta Media Fund (AMF) – Cultural Industry Organization Operating Grant
The Cultural Industry Organization Running Grant helps groups that publish books, journals, or sound recordings cover annual operating expenses. This award from the Alberta Media Fund helps cultural groups in Alberta expand and thrive by assisting them in hiring bright individuals, developing intellectual property, and producing high-quality goods.
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Artists in Canada lists a number of organizations that provide ongoing grants and financing for artists seeking financial assistance and arts groups wishing to fund their projects and activities. Explore regional and provincial opportunities and Canada Arts Grants for artists.