Grants to Dance Professionals


Grant Amount

Up to $10,000 - 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.

Program Description

This program provides grants to individual Canadian dance professionals to pursue projects involving professional development, research, apprenticeship, mentorship or sabbaticals.

Professionals working in all dance forms, genres and specializations are eligible to apply. This program supports practitioners of both contemporary and traditional dance forms rooted in many cultures.


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

Grant Amount

Professional development projects, Research projects or Sabbatical projects

The maximum available for these activities is $20,000.

Apprenticeship or mentorship projects

The maximum available for these activities is $10,000.


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

You are eligible to apply to this program if you are an individual Canadian dance professional. For the purposes of this program, dance professionals include dancers, choreographers, dance teachers, dance writers, artistic directors, designers and accompanists, as well as professionals contributing to dance in a non-artistic capacity such as managers, producers, agents, arts administrators and archivists.

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 applying as an artist, 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.

Project Eligibility

The Grants to Dance Professionals program supports projects that contribute to applicants’ individual artistic or career growth and development.

Professional development projects

This program supports professional development projects such as periods of professional development or study within self-directed or established programs (including with a mentor, guru or Elder); attendance at national or international dance festivals, conferences and events; or attendance at professional-level workshops, intensives or training courses (i.e. not basic or pre-professional training.)

Research projects

This program supports self-directed research projects that expand an applicant’s knowledge base and contribute to his or her artistic or career development. Applicants must have clearly defined research questions, as well as tools and methodologies.

Apprenticeship or mentorship projects

For this program, an apprenticeship is defined as a formal arrangement whereby the applicant selects and approaches an individual or group (such as a company or dance organization) to share their knowledge and expertise in a mutually beneficial experience. An application for apprenticeship must be presented by the apprentice.

A mentorship is a formal arrangement whereby the applicant is “passing down” or sharing expertise with others (either one individual or a group) in a mentorship relationship. An application for mentorship must be presented by the dance professional who will offer the mentorship.

To be eligible, your project must allow you to work closely with an apprentice or a mentor in order to exchange knowledge.


This category is available to established applicants only. For this program, a sabbatical is defined as a period of leave taken by a dance professional to carry out projects not otherwise associated with their regular duties within an organization or a company; this leave of absence can be used for reflection, study or travel, related to his or her professional goals.

Further Information

Claire Marchand
Program Officer
Dance Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, extension 5501

TTY: 1-866-585-5559