Theatre Production Project Grants for Emerging Artists



15 September, 2016
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Grant Amount

$5,000 - $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, 499.7 KB]

Program Description

The Theatre Production Project Grant Program for Emerging Artists provides grants to professional non-profit theatre organizations, and ad hoc groups of professional theatre artists for the development and production of theatre. “Ad hoc group” refers to a group of artists formed for the specific purpose of creating a unique work. Emerging artists refers to companies or ad hoc groups where the principal members have up to 10 years of professional experience.

Grants are intended as a contribution towards the specific costs of:

  • a period of development geared towards future production (projects should include at least one public presentation, such as a public reading or workshop), or
  • theatre production (which may also include development).


15 September, 2016: For projects taking place after 1 January

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

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

Grant Amount

Grants awarded range from $5,000 to $12,000 for development activity, and from $5,000 to $20,000 for productions (which may also include development).

These grants cannot be used to fund activities that occurred before this program deadline.


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

Canadian professional non-profit theatre organizations and ad hoc groups of professional theatre artists are eligible.

The Canada Council for the Arts defines professional artist as someone who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as such by 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.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when they apply.

Co-productions or co-presentations are eligible.

Further Information

Program Officers
Theatre Section

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

Keith Barker, ext 5488

Nancy Guertin, ext. 5484

Craig Holzschuh, ext. 6007

TTY : 1-866-585-5559