Capacity Building Program: The Flying Eagle



1 September, 2016
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Grant Amount

Maximum of $4,000

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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


The Capacity Building Program provides strategic support to Aboriginal arts groups, collectives and organizations. This support is intended to assist the development of administration, financial management and governance structures. The program also provides opportunities for organizational development and professional development.

The Capacity Building Program is composed of the following three components.

  1. The Flying Eagle
  2. Annual Project Funding
  3. Multi-year Project Funding 


Component description

The Flying Eagle component provides flexible short-term grants (up to 6 months) to Aboriginal arts groups, collectives, organizations, independent arts administrators and artistic mediators. Grants may be used for organizational development and professional development.

Proposed activities must advance effective organizational governance and management. They can also aim at professional development in the field of arts administration. Projects must demonstrate clear potential impact for the applicant organizations and/or individual.


1 September, 2016

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

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

Grant Amount

You may apply for a maximum of $4,000. You may not be awarded the full amount that you request.

Generally, this program pays a maximum of $400 each day toward the fees of professional management consultants and/or advisors.


Eligible applicants

Aboriginal arts groups, collectives, organizations, independent arts administrators and artistic mediators are eligible to apply. Independent arts administrators and artistic mediators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

To be eligible to apply to this component, applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to the creation, public presentation and appreciation of Aboriginal arts practices.

Applicants may receive only one Flying Eagle grant in the same Canada Council fiscal year (1 April to 31 March).

Ineligible applicants

  • First Nations Band or Tribal Councils or groups directly linked to Band or Tribal Councils.
  • Educational Institutions (schools, universities).

Eligible activities

Proposed activities must advance organizational development or professional development. Some examples of eligible activities are:

  • organizational assessments
  • development of three-year capacity building plans
  • participation in conferences or workshops
  • professional development, including internships and mentorships
  • hiring coaches, consultants and advisors.

Other restrictions

The grant period is a maximum of six months.

You may not apply to this program for support of the same activities that appear in any other current request to the Canada Council or that have already been funded by the Canada Council.

Further Information

Noël Habel
Program Officer
Aboriginal Arts Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178

TTY: 1-866-585-5559