Artists and Community Collaboration Program in Media Arts



15 January, 2017
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Grant Amount

up to $20,000

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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.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 592.3 KB].

Program Description

The Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) in Media Arts supports diverse artistic activities that bring together professional artists and the broader community, with the intention of advancing the vitality, understanding and practice of independent media arts.

The program supports time-limited projects initiated by Canadian non-profit, artist-run organizations, groups or collectives which are developed in collaboration with community partners.  Projects should aim to foster the production, exhibition or understanding of independent media art through a process of active community engagement.  

This program is open to Aboriginal arts organizations and arts organizations of diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.


15 January, 2017

If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

The last deadline will be 15 January 2017. This program is no longer available through GO!  and you can send an application by mail only. Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017.

Grant Amount

Applicants may request up to $20,000.

Grant funds may be used to:

  • pay salaries, fees and travel costs for technicians, artists, project administrators and other project personnel
  • rent equipment and facilities
  • pay for technical services and materials
  • pay for advertising and related materials, and
  • provide direct financial support to artists served by the applicant.


Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be Canadian non-profit, artist-run organizations with a mandate to support the production, development, presentation, dissemination and/or distribution of independent media artworks by Canadian artists. Applicants may also be groups or collectives with the goal of supporting or advancing media arts.

Groups or collectives must include three or more people. Groups usually undertake one project, while collectives usually undertake a series of projects or activities. Groups or collectives are not required to have an established administrative structure, but they must be represented by one individual who will take on the administrative responsibility for the project.

Organizations that receive support from the Grants to Media Arts Organizations: Multi-Year Operating program are eligible to apply to this program, but may not request funding for activities already supported by their operating grant.

Artists whose works are presented or who participate in projects must meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, defined as someone who:

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

Eligible Projects

This program supports time-limited, independent media arts creation, dissemination and community development projects. Funding is not intended as multi-year support.

Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • community-based workshops for the production of films, videos, or new media or audio artworks
  • community-based film festivals, screenings, or exhibitions of films, videos, or new media or audio artworks, and
  • projects to commission works by community-based artists for exhibition.

Projects must address specific production or presentation needs in the communities that applicants serve or intend to serve. Applicants must work with at least one partner (partners may include other organizations, groups, collectives, public institutions and for-profit companies) to address these needs.

Artists must retain complete creative and editorial control over the independent work they create while working on a project supported by funding from this program. In addition, professional fees must be paid to participating artists. The minimum scales to follow are those recommended by CARFAC or IMAA.

Further Information

Felipe Diaz
Program Officer
Media Arts Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5252

TTY: 1-866-585-5559