Travel Grants to Dance Professionals



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, 304.5 KB]

Program Description

This program assists individual Canadian dance professionals to travel on unique occasions to attend or participate in activities that are important to the development of their artistic practice or career.

Travel Grants do not support touring activities. Dance artists who have been invited to tour nationally or internationally should refer to the Dance Touring Grants programs.


Any time before departure date until 31 January 2017.

The program will no longer be available through GO! after 30 November. You must send in your application by mail until January 31, 2017. Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting 1 April, 2017. 

Applicants who wish to have the results before their departure should apply at least eight weeks in advance.

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

Grant Amount

You may apply for one of the following fixed amounts of $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 other than the United States and Europe.


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

Eligible applicants

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 field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as such 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.

In addition, to meeting the general eligibility criteria, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • dancers must have a minimum of one year of professional experience and have performed in at least three professional public presentations (outside of a training institution or academic setting) for which they were paid an artist fee
  • choreographers must have presented at least three works publicly in a professional context (not including school or pre-professional work); the works choreographed must have been performed by paid professional artists
  • dance teachers must have a minimum of one year of paid teaching experience
  • dance writers must have at least one book published by a professional publisher or three published articles or reviews on dance (in professional magazines, periodicals, anthologies, etc.) for which they have received a professional fee
  • designers must have been paid to work on at least three professional productions.

Professionals working in all dance world cultures and in a wide range of dance genres and specializations are eligible to apply for support.

Full-time undergraduate or high school students enrolled at a dance academy, training institution, school, college or university are not eligible to apply.

Emerging, mid-career and established dance professionals

For the purposes of this application you must determine your status as an emerging, mid-career or established dance professional.

You are considered to be an emerging dance professional if you have completed your basic training (not necessarily in a formal training institution), have maintained a professional dance career for between one and seven years.

You meet the program’s definition of a mid-career dance professional if you have maintained an active professional dance career for between seven and 15 years. You must be recognized by your peers within your artistic tradition for your contribution to the field of dance.

You are considered to be an established dance professional if you have sustained a professional dance career for a minimum of 15 years. Your entire body of work is taken into account, for example, choreography, interpretation and research.

Eligible travel

You must state your planned method of travel and include a travel quote from a travel agency or website.

You may include two or more destinations, as long as they are part of one consecutive trip. This program supports activities of a limited period of time and involving paid fees. It is not aimed at a series of activities over an extended period of time.

Box office and in-kind revenues from the host organization for accommodation, per diem and other costs do not constitute a fee or bursary.

Travel grants are for the following eight specific situations:

1.  Invited to perform
A dance artist is invited to take part in the project of a professional company or independent artist (based in another city) in which all the artists are paid, or offered a unique opportunity to perform at a professional festival. The company or festival must offer a fee to the dancer, in writing, for this guest engagement. Group or company performances are not eligible under this program. For performances with more than one dancer, only the choreographer or lead dancer will be considered.

Note: Travel grants are not available for participation at Canadian festivals that are funded through the Dance Presentation program. Travel grants are not intended to support travel costs for a company touring event.

2.  Invited to present a paper or to teach
A dance professional is invited to present a paper or lead an activity at a conference, festival or symposium. The host organization must offer a fee to the applicant, in writing, for this presentation or activity.

     Note: Travel grants are not available for participation at Canadian conferences that are funded through the Support Services to the Dance Milieu program. Also, travel grants are not intended for travel to teach at an academy or a training program or classes that are part of a training program.

3.  Invited to take part in a collective creation
A choreographer or dancer is invited to participate in a collective creation where credit for authorship will be shared equally among the participants. The event must be one-time and exceptional, and cannot be part of a company’s regular season.The collective creation must result in a public performance as a completed work and have the potential to be performed again in the future and/or toured; a showing of the results of a collaborative process with no possibility of future performances of the work is not eligible.

4.  Invited to audition
A dance artist receives a personal written invitation to audition, from a professional dance company in Canada or abroad. The company must confirm, in writing, that it has the ability to offer the artist a minimum of 20 weeks of paid work, including a minimum of three weeks of national or international touring.

5.  Conducting an audition tour
An artistic director wishes to conduct an audition tour of at least three cities, in Canada or internationally. Artistic directors of professional Canadian dance companies are eligible if they can confirm their ability to offer a minimum of 20 weeks of paid work to dance artists, including a minimum of three weeks of national or international touring.

6.  Studying with a scholarship or bursary
A choreographer or dancer receives a written invitation and a confirmed scholarship or bursary to participate in an advanced professional workshop. The workshop must be for less than one month’s duration and be conducted by a professional dance organization. Scholarships can be offered by a third party and do not need to come from the host organization.

7.  Invited to set a choreography

A choreographer is invited to set a new or existing choreography on a professional dance company, or to attend the premiere of that work. The host company must be professional, in other words all artists must be paid, and the host company must offer a fee (in writing) for the choreography.

8.  Invited to a film festival
A choreographer, performer or filmmaker is invited by a film festival to present a dance work on film that they were involved in. The internal assessment committee can only recommend one candidate per film and festival. 

Further Information

Louise Gagné
Program Officer
Dance Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4511

TTY: 1-866-585-5559