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In addition to its regular programs, the Canada Council for the Arts makes use of strategic, targeted funds that respond to particular opportunities or issues in the arts sector.

Learn more about our strategic funds

Access Support Fund

Access Support funds individual applicants who are Deaf, have disabilities or who are living with mental illness, as well as Deaf and disability arts groups and organizations. Grants provide a contribution towards costs for specific services and supports required to complete a project funded through a Canada Council program.

Official Languages Fund

The Official Languages Fund is intended to counter isolation and assist in the artistic development of individual artists working in official language minority communities and assist in the development of arts organizations working in official language minority communities. It supports Canadian professional artists, arts professionals, artistic groups and arts organizations whose maternal or chosen official language is not the majority language in their province or territory (Official Language Minority Communities, or “OLMCs”).

OLMC Market Access Fund

The Market Access Fund for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) aims to increase access of applicants from OLMCs to a diversity of markets and publics. This fund supports Canadian professional artists, arts professionals, artistic groups and arts organizations who self-identify as belonging to an OLMC (defined as groups of people whose maternal or chosen official language is not the majority language in their province or territory – in other words, Anglophones in Quebec and Francophones outside of Quebec).

Media Arts Equipment Acquisition Fund

The Media Arts Equipment Acquisition Fund supports Canadian professional media arts organizations to acquire specialized equipment.