Inter-Arts Office : Travel Grants to Artists



Any time before your departure date until 31 January 2017

Grant Amount

$500 - $2,500

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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, 904 KB].


Program Description

Travel Grants to Artists assist professional Canadian artists and independent critics or curators active in inter-arts work to travel on occasions of importance to their artistic and career development in Canada or abroad.

This program has three categories of eligible activities: Presentation travel, Travel to artists’ residencies and Professional development including market access travel.


Any time before departure date until 31 January 2017

Applicants who wish to have the results before their departure should apply at least eight weeks in advance. The program will no longer be available through GO! after 30 November. You must send in your application by mail.

The Canada Council will not accept applications postmarked after your departure date, incomplete applications, or those submitted by fax or email.

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

Grant Amount

You may apply for one of the following fixed amounts to contribute toward your travel costs, based on excursion fares: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500. The amounts of $2,000 and $2,500 are available only if you are travelling to or from northern Canada or to international destinations outside the United States or Europe. You might not be awarded the full grant amount requested.


To be eligible, 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.

The Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone 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.

To meet the definition of a professional artist in this program you must also have:

  • maintained a practice in inter-arts work for at least one year before your apply

  • a minimum of one year of public presentation or publication in inter-arts work

  • at least two verifiable public presentations (or publications for critics and curators) in inter-arts work.

Independent art critics and curators

  • Must work in an art form supported by the Inter-Arts Office.
  • Critics must have published a minimum of three articles, papers, or exhibitions texts.
  • Curators must have completed at least three programs of work that have been presented publicly.

Eligible activities

This program supports exploratory and integrated artistic activities that result in hybrid forms outside of existing artistic disciplines at the Canada Council. These activities are referred to as inter-arts work.

While not defined by a particular aesthetic, inter-arts work is most often characterized by innovative combinations of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, genres, technology, cultural influences, social engagement and inclusion of diverse perspectives and media.

This program also supports contemporary circus art and artist and community collaboration activities that correspond to the definition of inter-arts work indicated above.

1. Presentation travel supports travel undertaken in response to an invitation asking you to publicly present your work or ideas in Canada or abroad.

2. Travel to artists’ residencies supports travel related to participating in a professional artist’s residency, in Canada or abroad.

3. Professional development including market access travel supports travel undertaken to attend or participate in an artistic professional development and/or market access opportunity such as a workshop, symposium, conference or course outside your home region in Canada or internationally.

Further Information

Lys Stevens
Program Officer

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext.  4679 

TTY: 1-866-585-5559