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Explore And Create

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art. This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public. Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.

Engage and Sustain

Engage and Sustain fosters a vibrant foundation for the arts in Canada by supporting arts organizations at the heart of Canada’s creative communities. This program funds organizations that are dedicated to developing excellence in arts practice, advancing the arts through programming and exposing a diverse public to a range of artists and creative works.

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to reaffirming and revitalizing its relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Creating, Knowing and Sharing acknowledges the cultural sovereignty of Indigenous peoples and respects the concepts of First Nations, Inuit and Métis self-determination. This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.

Supporting Artistic Practice

Supporting Artistic Practice encourages a dynamic support system for the arts in Canada by funding Canadian arts professionals, groups, and arts organizations who champion the Canadian arts sector, boost the capacity for artists to realize work and advance the conditions of creation. Supporting Artistic Practice contributes to the growing network of resources available to strengthen the arts and inspires sector innovation by supporting collaboration, targeted initiatives and career development opportunities for Canadian arts professionals.

Arts Across Canada

Arts Across Canada fosters meaningful relationships and exchanges between artists and the Canadian public. Artists, arts professionals, groups and arts organizations can apply to present and share artistic work with diverse communities across the country, engage more deeply with the public and develop a stronger national profile. Festivals and other presenters can apply to highlight the work of Canadian and international artists, and contribute to the growing dialogue and exchange on the arts in Canada.

Arts Abroad

Arts Abroad celebrates the creativity, innovation and excellence of Canadian artists by helping to bring Canadian works to the world. This program supports artists, arts professionals, groups and organizations to enhance international exposure, undertake artistic exploration or exchanges with international colleagues, and nurture new and existing art markets in a global context.


What Is Eligibility?

Generally you must be a professional artist and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to apply. A professional artist is someone who: has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions), is recognized as such by peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and has a history of public presentation or publication. If you receive a grant, you will be required to devote a substantial portion of your time to your program of work or activity, as outlined in your application.

How Is It Determined?

In Canada and elsewhere, peer review is a respected method for assessing quality of achievement in creative and intellectual occupations. It is the preferred method of assessment in agencies that support the arts, sciences and humanities. It is used to evaluate submissions to academic journals and requests for accreditation in professional organizations, as well as for awarding prizes by world-renowned organizations such as the Nobel Foundation.

Online Eligibility Tool

Find out before applying to programs whether or not you are eligible using our online Eligibility tool. It is easy to use and can help you make decisions on applying for a grant.


How Are Applications Assessed?

Each year, we receive thousands of grant applications from across the country. Most of these applications are evaluated by changing, ad hoc, peer assessment committees. These committees make their funding decisions according to the criteria specific to each grant program (as described in the program guidelines available on the Canada Council website).

Before Applying

The best time to apply for a grant is when a planned project or activity is well developed. Moreover, you must be able to assure the peer assessment committee that recommending a grant at that particular moment will have a significant impact on your artistic career

ABC's of Grant Applications

The best time to apply for a grant is when a planned project or activity is well developed. Moreover, you must be able to assure the peer assessment committee that recommending a grant at that particular moment will have a significant impact on your artistic career. If you don’t think your project or activity plans will be ready by the time a grant competition deadline is approaching, it may be wise to wait until the next competition. That way, you’ll have time to better prepare your application and apply once everything is ready.