Architecture: Grants to Individuals and Firms



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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.

Program Description

This program provides grants to architecture professionals to advance public conversation about contemporary Canadian architecture.

It supports projects that engage the public, such as events, books, lectures, exhibitions, films, web-based initiatives, radio or television programs, articles, competitions, festivals, architecture guidebooks and walking tours, among others, in Canada or abroad. These projects must be produced in association with professional organizations such as museums, galleries, publishers, magazines, event producers, or others.

The program objectives are:

  • to promote a better understanding of the role that architecture plays in shaping a rich physical, social and cultural environment in Canada.
  • to promote the appreciation of the artistic values of contemporary Canadian architecture.


Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017.

Grant Amount

Amount available

The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Grants are not intended to cover all the costs associated with approved projects. Also, you may not be awarded the full amount that you request.

These grants cannot be used for projects that have already been completed or for expenses incurred before the program deadline.

The Canada Council may fund projects that are funded by other public or private organizations, but not for the same expenses.

Eligible expenses

  • Production, promotion and dissemination expenses.
  • Professional fees and travel expenses.
  • Contingency funds (up to 10 %).

Ineligible expenses

  • Capital expenses.
  • General administration and maintenance costs.


Eligible applicants

To apply to this program as an individual, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.

To apply as an architectural firm, your firm must be at least 75 % Canadian-owned and have its head office and executives in Canada.

Additionally, you must have:

  • maintained a professional practice for at least three years
  • completed a professional body of work
  • been published or have presented your work in a public setting.

Eligible projects

Projects must:

  • engage the public
  • address contemporary (post 1945) Canadian architecture
  • be produced in association with a professional organization such as a museum, gallery, publisher, magazine, event producer or other.

Ineligible projects

The following are not eligible:

  • the pursuit of a bachelors’ degree or graduate studies in architecture
  • the construction of buildings, landscapes or places
  • the production of technical studies and digests
  • essentially academic pursuits
  • strictly promotional documents.

Further Information

François Dion
Program Officer
Visual Arts Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5268

TTY: 1-866-585-5559