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Indigenous Organizations

Creating, Knowing and Sharing

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The Indigenous Organizations component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations that engage in customary or contemporary artistic and cultural activities. These activities can include non-Indigenous artists and collaborations with non-Indigenous organizations. Grants support the exploration of innovative strategies for Indigenous creative and cultural expression, and related administrative activities.

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer before applying.

Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance.

Please see guidelines for details and the translation deadline date.

Activities - what you can apply for

You can apply for a contribution towards:

  • ongoing costs to support your organization, including staffing
  • expenses related to your artistic and/or cultural activities, including any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities:
    • Creating – research; creation; production; critical discourse (including research or writing); residencies; collaborations
    • Knowing – mentorships; artistic training; community-based initiatives to engage young people through artistic practices; language preservation through artistic practices; intergenerational transmission of artistic knowledge; preservation of traditional knowledge through artistic practice; development of administrative, artistic, cultural or organizational capacity; research; collaborations
    • Sharing - local, regional, national or international exhibitions; implementation of dissemination strategy and organizational objectives; publishing activities; gathering events involving artistic practices; collaborations; marketing and publicity; presentations, festivals and showcase events; networking events involving artistic practices; outreach activities

You can’t apply for activities that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Who can apply

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal and a conversation you have had with a Program Officer.

To be eligible, your organization must:

  1. Presently receive core (operating) support through any Canada Council program
  2. OR:
  3. Be an Indigenous publisher, Indigenous arts service organization or other Indigenous not-for-profit organization and have:
    • completed at least 2 consecutive years of artistic or cultural activity
    • previously received core (operating) support from Canada Council or have received at least 2 Canada Council short-term project grants or 1 Canada Council long-term project grant related to your main activities
    • a board of directors or an identified membership group with governance and voting authority, made up of at least 60% First Nations, Inuit or Métis individuals

Some organizations may be unable to fulfill these eligibility criteria due to exceptional circumstances. The Creating, Knowing and Sharing Program Director may allow such organizations to apply, on a case-by-case basis. You must contact a Program Officer before applying.

Core grant categories and amounts

Category A

Grant amount: up to 60% of total annual revenues, averaged over the last 3 years

For organizations that meet all of the following criteria:

  • have a mandate and primary activities concerned with artistic practice
  • have primary artistic activities that are national and international in scope
  • have been in continuous operation for at least 10 years
  • have a total annual operating budget greater than $500 000, averaged over the last 3 years

Category C

Grant amount: up to $100 000 per year

For organizations that meet all of the following criteria:

  • have a mandate and primary activities concerned with artistic or cultural practice
  • have been in continuous operation for at least 3 years

For non-arts-specific organizations that meet all of the following criteria:

  • are multi-faceted cultural organizations with regular and formalized artistic programming
  • have ongoing artistic programming for at least 3 years

Category B

Grant amount: up to 60% of total annual revenues, averaged over the last 3 years

For organizations that meet all of the following criteria:

  • have a mandate and primary activities concerned with artistic practice
  • have primary artistic activities that are regional and/or national and/or international in scope
  • have been in continuous operation for at least 7 years
  • have a total annual operating budget greater than $250 000, averaged over the last 3 years

Category D

Grant amount: up to $100 000 per year

For organizations that qualify as an Indigenous Arts Service Organization

For organizations that qualify as an Indigenous Publisher