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FAQ and Deadlines

Consult the answers to your frequently asked questions and a list of upcoming grant deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q&A on submitting applications in the online application portal

If you’re using the online application portal for the first time…

The portal is the system you will now use to submit your grant applications and reports. If you have poor internet access or other barriers to applying online, you can contact an Information Officer at 1-800-263-5588 or 1-613-566-4414, extension 0 or e-mail info@canadacouncil.ca to discuss alternative approaches.

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.

Please note the portal is not currently optimized (or compatible) with Safari. Please use Chrome, Firefox, or use Internet Explorer.

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

The status of your Applicant Profile will say validated, and will turn green with a checkmark (see below). You will also receive a notification on your portal Dashboard.

Screenshot My applicant profiles

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’re trying to decide what grant you should apply for…

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

If you have questions about a specific program please contact the relevant program and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. For additional, general information about grants and applications call 1-800-263-5588 extension 5060 or write to info@canadacouncil.ca

If you’re having technical issues while trying to access the portal…

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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If you submitted a grant application prior to the portal opening (June 5th, 2017)...

For all applications submitted prior to the portal opening (June 5th, 2017) you will receive your results in writing.

The timelines vary from one program component to another. You can find the information in the Notification of Results section of the component’s Program Guidelines.

Deadlines

For project or composite grant applications received before 1 August 2017, your eligible costs can date back to 1 April 2017.

Explore and Create components

Professional Development for Artists

Deadline: Any time before the start date of your project (retroactive to 1 April 2017).

Applications received by:

  • 16 June 2017 will receive results by September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 30 September 2017 will receive results by December 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 March 2018 will receive results by July 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Research and Creation

Deadline: Any time before the start date of your project (retroactive to 1 April 2017).

Applications received by:

  • 20 June 2017 will receive results by September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 15 November 2017 will receive results by March 2018 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 March 2018 will receive results by July 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Concept to Realization - Project Grants

Deadline: Any time before the start date of your project (retroactive to 1 April 2017).

Applications received by:

  • 20 June 2017 will receive results by September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 15 November 2017 will receive results by March 2018 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 March 2018 will receive results by July 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Artist-Driven Organizations

Deadline:

  • 4 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Engage and Sustain components

Artistic Catalysts

Deadline:

  • 4 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Artistic Institutions

Deadline:

  • 10 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

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

Travel

Deadline:

Small-Scale Activities

Deadline:

  • Any time before the start date of your project (retroactive to 1 April 2017) Portal (after June 5)
  • Results usually within 2 months of the application date

Short-Term Projects

Deadline:

  • 21 September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 21 December 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 21 March 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Long-Term Projects

Deadline:

  • 16 June 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 21 December 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Indigenous Organizations

Deadline:

  • 10 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Supporting Artistic Practice components

Professional Development for Arts Professionals

Deadline: Any time before the start date of your project (retroactive to 1 April 2017).

Applications received by:

  • 16 June 2017 will receive results by September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 30 September 2017 will receive results by December 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 December 2017 will receive results by March 2018 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 March 2018 will receive results by June 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Sector Innovation and Development

Deadline:

  • 16 June 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 15 December 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Literary Publishing Projects

Deadline:

  • 10 October 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 15 March 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Literary Publishers

Deadline:

  • 10 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Support Organizations

Deadline:

  • 4 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

National Arts Service Organizations

Deadline:

  • 10 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Arts Across Canada components

Travel

Deadline:

Representation and Promotion

Deadline:

Translation

Deadline:

  • 16 June 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 20 October 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 20 January 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Circulation and Touring

Deadline:

  • 25 September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 25 January 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Foreign Artists Tours

Deadline:

  • 25 September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 25 January 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Public Outreach Composite Grants

Deadline:

  • 10 November 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Public Outreach Project Grants

Deadline:

  • 10 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 10 November 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Arts Festivals and Presenters

Deadline:

  • 4 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)

Arts Abroad components

Travel

Deadline:

Representation and Promotion

Deadline:

Translation

Deadline:

  • Any time before you complete the translation (retroactive to 1 April 2017) Portal (after June 5)
  • Results usually within 3 months of the application date

Circulation and Touring

Deadline:

  • 10 September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 5 December 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 20 February 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Residencies

Deadline: Any time before the start date of your project (retroactive to 1 April 2017).

Applications received by:

  • 30 June 2017 will receive results by September 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 October 2017 will receive results by January 2018 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 January 2018 will receive results by April 2018 Portal (after June 5)
  • 31 March 2018 will receive results by June 2018 Portal (after June 5)

Co-Productions

Deadline:

  • 10 July 2017 Portal (after June 5)
  • 1 November 2017 Portal (after June 5)