Leadership for Change: Grants for Organizational Development



10 September, 2016
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Grant Amount

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.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 454.4 KB].

Program Description

This program provides funding to organizations for consultations with a specialist or expert in order to develop new management practices, explore alternative organizational structures or seize valuable opportunities that clearly address the objectives of the program. It supports projects that strengthen an organization, a sector or a community’s ability to adapt to their changing environment.

The program encourages collaborative approaches.

Organizations are expected to share the knowledge gained through the project with their community or within their own organization.

The program has two components:

Component 1: Grants to collective or sectoral initiatives

This component provides funding to arts service organizations, arts management service providers and ad hoc groups of two or more professional arts organizations to hire a specialist, a facilitator or a researcher for consultation, research, concerted approaches and shared-learning activities that benefit the group or their constituency.

Component 2: Grants to organizations

An arts organization can apply to this component to cover the costs of individual consultations with a consultant/expert. The consultation must focus on research, exploration and planning of an organizational development project that assists the applicant in adapting to a changing environment.


10 September, 2016

If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application form and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.

Grant Amount

Component 1: Grants to collective or sectoral initiatives – maximum of $20,000
Component 2: Grants to organizations – maximum of $10,000


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

Eligible applicants

The application must be submitted by a Canadian arts organization that has received at least one grant from the Canada Council for the Arts within the last three fiscal years (other than a Travel Grant, a Flying Squad or a Leadership for Change grant).

Ad hoc groups of at least two or more professional arts organizations can apply to Component 1.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects must target profound changes that will transform the organizational culture and affect the organization permanently, and their complexity requires the recourse of outside resources. Eligible projects are consequently exceptional and they must be beyond the usual ongoing activities of the organizations involved and of other organizations active in the same sector.

Further Information

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

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Dance: Laurie Biderman, ext. 5506

Inter-Arts: Lys Stevens, ext. 4679

Media Arts: Felipe Diaz, ext. 5252

MusicJames Missen, ext. 4243

Theatre: Craig Holzschuh, ext. 6007

Visual ArtsFrançois Dion, ext. 5268

Writing and Publishing: Brigitte Fontille, ext. 4571

Audience and Market Development (for organizations that have received Grants to Agents and Managers in the Performing Arts): Koba Johnson, ext. 4216

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