Long-Term Grants to Visual Artists



1 September, 2016
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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, including people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 462.4 KB].

Program Description

Long-Term Grants provide support over a two-year period to Canadian, professional artists who have made a significant contribution to contemporary visual arts.

Programs of work must be designed to advance the long-term artistic and career development of artists at a key moment in their career. A key moment is defined as a time when there is a shift or progress in an artist’s practice or level of career activities.


1 September, 2016

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

Grant Amount

The grant amount is $40,000 each year for two years in a row, for a total of $80,000.


General Eligibility Criteria

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.

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.

To meet the definition of a professional visual artist, you must also have:

  • produced an independent body of work
  • had at least three public presentations of your work in a professional context over a three-year period
  • maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years.

Specific Eligibility Criteria

In addition to meeting the general eligibility criteria above, you must:

  • show evidence of outstanding artistic achievement, with at least three exhibitions of international, national, or provincial or territorial importance in the visual arts
  • have at least one exhibition, public presentation, publication or other professional engagement confirmed for the grant period (if you are applying for support of production for public presentation or career development activities)
  • have received critical recognition through three published reviews or catalogue texts
  • have received at least one research/creation and (or) one production or similar grant from the Canada Council for the Arts or other arts funding agency or foundation (you must indicate this in your curriculum vitae or resumé).


Further Information

François Dion
Program Officer
Visual Arts Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5268

TTY: 1-866-585-5559