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FAQ, Deadlines and Results

Consult the answers to your frequently asked grant application questions, a list of grant deadlines and updates on result notifications.

In June 2017, we replaced GO!Grants with a new online portal for you to manage and submit your applications to our 6 new grant programs, and strategic funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are updated periodically, based on common queries received by our Arts Granting teams.

The online application portal

If you don’t own a computer or have poor internet access, consider visiting your public library or borrowing a friend’s computer in order to access it. The portal is the most effective way of identifying which grant components you’re eligible for, submitting your grant applications, and receiving your result notifications and grant payments.

If these options aren’t available to you, contact an Operations Officer at 1-800-263-5588 or 1-613-566-4414, extension 5060 or e-mail info@canadacouncil.ca to discuss alternatives.

There are 2 main steps to the grant application process.

  1. Create an account in the portal and submit one or more Applicant Profile(s) for validation.
  2. Once your Applicant Profile has been reviewed and validated by Canada Council staff, you can apply to program components open to that particular Applicant Profile.

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a. Account: Your account is your identifier, you should only have one. It can contain multiple applicant records and/ or applicant profiles.

Screenshot Create Account

b. Applicant Records: In your account, you must create an Applicant Record by selecting your applicant type (Individual/Assessor, Organization, Group). You can create more than one.

Screenshot Add an Applicant Record

c. Applicant Profiles: In your Applicant Record, you must create at least one Applicant Profile, which consists of your applicant type, your field of practice (art form) and your profile (your role within the field of practice).

You can create more than one Applicant Profile For example, if your organization creates its own work and it also produces an annual festival, you will want to create Applicant Profiles for each of these activities. Your Applicant Profiles will determine what grants you can apply for.

You must first submit your Applicant Profile for validation. Once your Applicant Profile has been validated, you can apply for grants. Note - profile validation can take up to 30 days.

Screenshot Submit your applicant profile

You will know you have properly submitted your profile for validation when you receive this message by email, as well as in your portal inbox.

Screenshot Profile submitted

If you have forgotten your username and/or password, click on the forgot password or username link on the login page. An email will be sent with instructions on how to reset your username and/or password to the email address you provided when you created your account.

If you do not receive this email, contact: assistance@canadacouncil.ca

In order for a third party to have access to your application, they must have a portal account.

If your third party already has a portal account, add them to your application by selecting the “Third Party Access” button on the top right hand corner of the portal dashboard and entering the email address associated with their portal account.

They will receive an email, and next time they log into their portal account, they will be prompted to accept your third party invitation.

If your third party does not have a portal account, add them to your application by selecting the “Third Party Access” button on the top right hand corner of the portal dashboard and entering their email address. They will receive an email inviting them to create a portal account.

The application process

Each program component has limits on the number of applications you can submit and/or the grants you can receive each year. In addition, there are overriding limits on the number of applications you can submit annually to Canada Council for the Arts (1 March to 28/29 February). Consult the Annual Application Limits Overview (PDF, 48.8 KB).

The time required to process results varies according to the program component. Generally, you can expect to see the result of your application on the portal within 2-6 months following your application.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we’ve received since the portal opening in June 2017, and the record number of peer assessment and internal assessment committees we’re running, some result notification targets have been adjusted to better reflect processing times. Please consult them below, and consider them when planning your activities.

Typically, we will send your grant payment a few weeks after you’ve completed and submitted your Grant Acknowledgement Form.

Your application

Applicant eligibility is based on your Applicant Profile.

Your Applicant Profile is validated by program staff based on established criteria.

Note, once your Applicant Profile has been validated, the portal will automatically suggest your eligible funding options.

If you haven’t yet created an Applicant Profile, you can use the eligibility tool to preview your options.

Consult the program descriptions on the Available Program section of your portal Dashboard. If you have more than one Applicant Profile, please note the right column (Eligible Profiles), which shows which profile you can use to apply to that component. If you still have questions, contact the relevant program staff.

Screenshot Available Programs

Due to the high volume of applications, peer assessment and internal committees; we were temporarily unable to provide individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. Beginning in January 2018, applicants to most grant components can make an appointment to speak with a Program Officer to receive high-level feedback on their grant application, in order to help them prepare for future applications. We will not be able to provide feedback on some high volume components such as Travel.

Remember, if your application isn’t successful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your work lacks merit. The assessment process is competitive and budgets are limited.

Yes. Applicants who are Deaf, have disabilities or who are living with mental illness, may apply for Application Assistance to contribute to costs for services to assist them specifically in completing a grant application and/or in submitting a final report.

Requests must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to a component deadline or, if the component has no deadline, 4 weeks before you plan to apply. Consult the details.

Technical Assistance

Submit a technical report request, by clicking on Technical Support from your portal Dashboard and submitting the required information. You can expect to hear back within 2 business days.

Screenshot Submit technical report request

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Updates on Notification of Results and Upcoming Deadlines

The volume of applications we’ve received in the first year of implementation of our New Funding Model has been substantial and we’re running a record number of peer assessment internal assessment committees. As a result, some result notifications targets have been adjusted to better reflect processing times. Please consult them below, and consider them when planning your activities.

Core result notifications will be shared from December 2017 through January 2018.

Please note, 2018-19 deadlines will be shared in February.

Explore and Create

Grant Component Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Professional Development for Artists
30 September 2017 December 2017
6 April 2018 July 2018
Research and Creation 20 June 2017 November 2017
15 November 2017 April 2018
6 April 2018 July 2018
Concept to Realization
Project Grants
20 June 2017 November 2017
15 November 2017 April 2018
6 April 2018 July 2018
Artist-Driven Organizations 4 July 2017 End of December 2017

Engage and Sustain

Grant Component Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Artistic Catalysts 4 July 2017 End of December 2017
Artistic Institutions 10 July 2017 End of December 2017

Creating, Knowing and Sharing : The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Grant Component Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Travel Any time before your departure date Within 2 months of submitting your application
Small-Scale Activities Any time before the start date of your project Within 2 months of submitting your application
Short-Term Projects 21 September 2017 December 2017
21 December 2017 End of March 2018
21 March 2018 June 2018
Long-Term Projects 21 December 2017 End of March 2018
Indigenous Organizations 10 July 2017 January 2018

Supporting Artistic Practice

Grant Component Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Professional Development for Arts Professionals Any time before your project starts 30 September 2017 results will be sent in December 2017
8 January 2018 results will be sent in March 2018
31 March 2018 results will be sent in June 2018
Sector Innovation and Development 15 December 2017 March 2018
Literary Publishing Projects 10 October 2017 February 2018
15 March 2018 June 2018
Literary Publishers 10 July 2017 January 2018
Support Organizations 4 July 2017 January 2018
National Arts Service Organizations 10 July 2017 End of December 2017

Arts Across Canada

Grant Component Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Travel Any time before your departure date Within 3 months of the application date
Representation and Promotion Any time before your departure date Within 2 months of the application date
Translation 20 October 2017 January 2018
20 January 2018 April 2018
Circulation and Touring 25 September 2017 January 2018
25 January 2018 May 2018
Foreign Artists Tours 25 September 2017 January 2018
25 January 2018 May 2018
Public Outreach
Composite Grants
23 May November 2017
10 November 2017 April 2018
Public Outreach
Project Grants
10 July 2017 November 2017
10 November 2017 April 2018
Arts Festivals and Presenters 4 July 2017 January 2018

Arts Abroad

Grant Component Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Travel Any time before your departure date Within 3 months of the application date
Representation and Promotion Any time before your departure date Within 3 months of the application date
Translation Any time before you complete the translation Within 3 months of the application date
Circulation and Touring 10 September 2017 January 2018
5 December 2017 April 2018
20 February 2018 May 2018
Residencies Any time before the start date of your project 31 October 2017 results will be sent in January 2018
Any time before the start date of your project 31 January 2018 results will be sent in April 2018
Any time before the start date of your project 31 March 2018 results will be sent in June 2018
Co-Productions 1 November 2017 January 2018

Digital Strategy Fund

Grant Component Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Digital Literacy and Intelligence 25 October 2017 March 2018
Public Access to the Arts and Citizen Engagement 25 October 2017 March 2018
Transformation of Organizational Models 25 October 2017 March 2018

Access Support Fund

Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Any time before the start date of your project or activity Based on the associated grant application date

Market Access Strategy for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) Fund

Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
Any time before the start date of your project or activity Within 3 months of submitting your application

Media Arts Equipment Acquisition Fund

Application Deadline(s) Notification of Results
December 1st 2017 Within 3 months of submitting your application