Opera/New Opera Program: Project Grants



No deadline in 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, and from people with disabilities.

Program Description

This program supports the activities of Canadian professional opera/new opera companies in their community by contributing financial assistance through Project Grants or Operating Grants.

Project Grants assist with selected costs associated with a particular opera/new opera activity or event taking place in a defined and concentrated period of time, with a particular interest for initiatives involving Canadian creation, development of young audiences and outreach/dissemination.

Operating Grants provide ongoing support to the overall activities and organizational structure of opera/new opera companies on a multi-year or annual basis.



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

Grant Amount

Grants will be awarded based on a competitive process. A peer assessment committee will recommend funding priorities and establish the amount of the Canada Council’s contribution to the proposed activities of successful applicants.

Project grants are available annually and each request is subject to peer assessment. Recurring support is not guaranteed every year.


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

Professional, not-for-profit, incorporated Canadian opera/new opera companies, music organizations and other production companies are eligible to apply for support. Unincorporated artists’ collectives are also eligible to apply providing that they operate on a not-for-profit basis. All applicants must engage professional artistic and administrative personnel.

Further Information

James Missen or  Daniel Swift
Program Officers
Music Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4243 or 5248

TTY : 1-866-585-5559