Elder and Youth Legacy Program

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Deadline(s)

15 May
15 November
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Grant Amount

Up to $20,000

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Eligibility

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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, 316.7 KB].

Program Description

Through this program, Aboriginal arts organizations can help Elders pass on the many art forms being practiced to the next generation.

The program will also increase the Canada Council’s capacity to serve Aboriginal Elders of this country, giving them opportunities to work with youth and pass on their legacy of artistic practice.

Generally, projects should be designed as follows; the organization will choose the Elder who will work with their youth. That Elder will then help to decide the number of young people he or she will work with, and will help to select them.

Strong applications will demonstrate a clear link between the Elders, participants, the artistic practice being shared, and the expenses to be covered by the grant.

Deadline(s)

15 May

15 November

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

Grant Amount

You may request up to $20,000.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants speak to the program officer to confirm their eligibility before submitting their application.

Organizations applying to this program must be Aboriginal or have Aboriginal artists as a majority of their members. These artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when the organization applies.

The organization’s artistic direction must also be provided by Aboriginal artists of Canada. At least 51 %of the directors on their board must be Aboriginal people, and one of these directors must sign the application.

The Canada Council defines Aboriginal peoples as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Organizations must show an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal arts. The organization must show that the Elder and Aboriginal youth participants have helped to develop the project outline, goals and objectives, and that they have set a timeline that works for them.

Ineligible Applicants

  • First Nations Band Councils
  • Educational Institutions (schools, universities)

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