Cultivate: Creative Development Grants



15 September, 2016
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Grant Amount

$7,000 - $10,000

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Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines (standard format) [PDF, 429.2 KB].

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Accessible Program Guidelines [DOCX, 7.7 MB], Accessible Application Form [PDF, 1.5 MB]Accessible Voluntary Self-identification Form [PDF, 1.1 MB]. These documents are compatible with WCAG-compliant screen readers.

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Program Description

The Cultivate: Creative Development Grants program provides support to individual artists who are Deaf, have disabilities and/or are living with mental illness to pursue research, creation and production projects in dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts and/or writing/literary arts, leading to a new artistic work or body of work intended for public presentation, exhibition, publication or distribution.

There are two categories of support:

Research/Creation Grants provide artists the time and resources to explore, develop and/or create a new artistic work or body of work. This may include the research and development of ideas, concepts, themes or techniques. A completed work or public presentation is not required.

Production Grants support the production of a new work or body of work (which may also include a development or creation phase). Production projects must include a public presentation or exhibition of the work or, in the case of a sound recording, film, video, audio or new media production, include a concrete dissemination plan.


15 September, 2016: (pilot program for the year 2016 only)


Grant Amount

The maximum grant amount that can be awarded is:

  • $7,000 for Research/Creation
  • $10,000 for Production


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.

To apply to this program, you must self-identify as an artist who is Deaf, has a disability and/or is living with mental illness.

You must 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 financially possible
  • has a history of public presentation or publication.

You must also: 

  • have completed your basic training
  • have maintained a professional artistic practice for a minimum of one year before the application deadline (but not necessarily in twelve consecutive months)
  • meet the discipline-specific criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines.

Eligible activities

You can use a Research/Creation grant to:

  • do general research towards the creation of a new work or body of work in any artistic discipline or form including the exploration of ideas, concepts, themes or techniques
  • write new literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, children’s or young adults’ literature, graphic novels, exploratory writing or literary non-fiction where the writer’s voice and opinion are evident
  • create new spoken word/storytelling material
  • write an original play, develop a devised theatre work or complete a period of development geared towards a future production
  • choreograph a dance work in any dance form, including wheelchair dance, mixed ability dance or other contemporary or traditional dance forms rooted in all cultures
  • compose a musical work in any artistically-driven musical genre, including Aboriginal, classical, electroacoustic, experimental, folk/roots, improvised, jazz, new music, traditional, and world music
  • create a new body of visual arts work in any media or form, including De’VIA, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, printmaking, performance art, installation, and fine crafts
  • write a script or treatment or complete the creative development phase of an independent film, video, audio or new media production
  • create or develop an original inter-arts work

You can use a Production grant to:

  • self-produce an original play or inter-arts work
  • self-produce an original dance work or program of dance work in any dance form
  • self-produce a single concert of original or significantly reinterpreted music in your local area in any artistically-driven genre
  • produce a studio-quality sound recording (music, spoken word, storytelling) of original or significantly reinterpreted work
  • self-produce a storytelling or spoken word concert of your own work
  • produce a body of visual artwork for a confirmed public exhibition in Canada and/or abroad, in a professional visual arts context
  • complete an independent film, video, audio or new media production

Further Information

Vanessa Novack
Senior Administrative Assistant
Equity Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4102
TTY: 1-866-585-5559  

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