Artists and Community Collaboration Program in Dance


Grant Amount

Up to $30,000

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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, and from people with disabilities.

Program Description

Artists and community collaboration is an arts process where professional artists and community members actively work together as creative partners in collaborative projects within Canada. Activities and projects are joint undertakings where the process of collaborating is equally important to the art created, and where there is shared decision-making and ownership of project results.

The Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) is intended for projects within Canada initiated and coordinated by professional dance artists, collectives and non-profit dance companies.


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

Grant Amount

These grants cannot be used to fund activities that occurred before this program deadline.

You may apply for a maximum of $30,000.


These grants are available to professional, individual dance artists, collectives, and non-profit dance companies (see Appendix A for a sample list of dance specializations.)

Individual dance artists

To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, 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.

If you are a dance artist working with a dance company or organization, you may apply to this program for a project that is not included in the ongoing activities of the company or organization.

You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation or publication.

In addition to meeting the criteria above, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Dancers must have a minimum of one year of professional experience and have performed in at least three professional public presentations (outside of a training institution or academic setting) for which they were paid an artist fee.
  • Choreographers must have presented at least three works publicly in a period of three consecutive years in a professional context (not including school or pre-professional work). The works choreographed must have been performed by paid professional artists.

Dance companies

A dance company must be an incorporated Canadian non-profit organization. The core members of the company must be professionals, and they must have completed their basic training. Company dancers must be professionals who are paid for rehearsal time and performances. If the artistic director of the company is also the choreographer, he or she must meet the eligibility criteria for a professional artist as indicated above.


A collective must have a minimum of three core artists but may include any number of people contributing to a common creative goal. The core members of the collective must be professionals, and they must have completed their basic training. A collective must be represented by a dance artist who will take on the administrative and/or artistic responsibility for the project. He or she must also meet the definition of a professional Canadian dance artist.

Further Information

William Lau
Program Officer
Dance Section
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5502

TTY: 1-866-585-5559