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Explore our glossary to understand important grant-related terms and how we use them.

A

Aboriginal peoples

First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada, as defined in the Constitution Act.

applicant profile

A role or specialization that applicants identify as part of creating an account in the portal such as "dance artist" or "national arts service or...

associated grant

The original grant related to a request for a supplement.

C

co-production

Artistic co-production: An arrangement where two or more artistic groups and/or organizations combine creative, financial and human resources to p...

composite grant

Support for multiple projects taking place over 1 to 3 years. Instead of submitting a number of separate project applications, individuals, groups...

core grant

Grants that have multiple payments and cover a broad array of expenditures.

cultural diversity

The presence, expressions and participation of many different individuals and communities co-existing in the general culture of a society, and the...

cultural intellectual property

Indigenous peoples right to own and control their cultural heritage. Indigenous heritage is used to refer to these rights to bring the terminology...

culturally diverse

The Canada Council for the Arts uses “culturally diverse” to respectfully identify racialized groups that correspond to “visible...

culturally diverse arts organizations

Organizations that demonstrate a sustained commitment to the creation, production, distribution and/or collection of art by Canadian arts professi...

culturally diverse groups

People of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and mixed racial heritage who have been historically disadvantaged as a group and may exp...

D

Deaf

People with hearing loss, or are hard-of-hearing, oral-deaf, deaf-blind or late-deafened, many of whom identify as Culturally Deaf- sharing distin...

Deaf and/or disability

Deaf: People with hearing loss, hard-of-hearing, oral-deaf, deaf-blind and late-deafened, many of whom identify as Culturally Deaf – sharing...

Deaf and disability arts organizations

Organizations that demonstrate a sustained commitment to the creation, production, distribution or collection of art in the field of Deaf and disa...

disability

Disability is an experience of exclusion or disadvantage. People with disabilities are those with actual or perceived impairments who experience d...

disability arts

Disability arts are created by people with disabilities or with mental illness. This includes artistic practices and processes grounded in ensurin...

dramatic work

Text intended for presentation before an audience. This could be an original text, an adaptation of a dramatic or literary text drawn from a Canad...

E

electronic magazine

Digital publications that are primarily text with photographic and illustrated editorial content. They are: delivered via a website, download...

eligible and ineligible titles

Because the mandate of the Canada Council consists in supporting the production of art works in the literary arts and the study of literature and ...

equity

Equity is a principle and process that promotes fair conditions for all persons to fully participate in society. It recognizes that while all peop...

equity-seeking groups

Equity-seeking groups are communities that face significant collective challenges in participating in society. This marginalization could be creat...

F

fields of practice

Fields of practice are linked to applicant profiles in the portal and describe a general field of artistic activity or an artistic discipline. C...

First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts/cultural professional

Arts/Cultural Professionals are individuals whose work supports, facilitates, investigates or examines the work of First Nations, Inuit and M&eacu...

First Nations, Inuit and Métis aspiring artists

Aspiring Artists must be working under the mentorship of an artist who fulfills the professional artist criteria. First Nations, Inuit and M&eacu...

First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural carriers

Cultural Carriers are individuals whose role within First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities supports the preservation, retention, maintenance, ...

First Nations, Inuit and Métis for-profit organizations

To be eligible as a First Nations, Inuit or Métis for-profit organization, you must: have 3 or more members, a majority of whom are Fi...

First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups or collectives

Eligible groups and collectives have two or more members with at least 50% of the membership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. To ...

First Nations, Inuit and Métis not-for-profit organizations

To be eligible as a First Nations, Inuit or Métis not-for-profit organization, you must: have 3 or more members, a majority of whom are First Na...

First Nations Inuit and Métis professional artist

The Canada Council supports art made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists for creative and cultural purposes. It values distinctive voices th...

H

highly recommended (grants)

Applications that have been identified as appropriate for funding, but which have not been recommended as grants for lack of funds. These applicat...

I

Indigenous

The first inhabitants (First Peoples) of a land (including First Nations, Inuit and Métis of Canada), and the philosophies, cultures, cosmologies ...

Indigenous traditional knowledge

Traditional knowledge refers to tradition-based literary, artistic or scientific works; performances; inventions; scientific discoveries; designs;...

internal committee

An assessment committee composed of Council staff knowledgeable about a given artistic activity or field of practice.

L

literary book

An eligible literary book is a print publication driven by the ideas, themes, and opinions of its writer(s). It can be a work of fiction, poetry, ...

literary book publisher

A professional literary book publisher is an organization that publishes books as its primary activity (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children and...

literary non-fiction

For the literary non-fiction category, the work must present a text of personal reflection where the point of view and opinion of the author are e...

literary work

A literary work supported by the Canada Council is a print or electronic publication, which varies in length and content, and includes fiction, sh...

M

mad arts

The Canada Council recognizes mad arts within the overall Disability Arts sector. Mad is framed as a social and political identity by people who h...

market access

The ability to: present, exhibit or sell works outside a home market participate in co-productions, residencies or exchanges (usually ab...

micro grant

Grants that normally have one payment and that are for one-time small-scale activities. Such project grants may have activities spanning more than...

N

non-literary publishing

Critical or interpretive texts about an art form such as essays, theory, etc.

O

official language minority arts organizations

Organizations that demonstrate a sustained commitment to the creation, production, distribution or collection by arts professionals from Official ...

official language minority communities

Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) are groups of people whose maternal or chosen official language is not the majority language in the...

P

peer assessment committee

A group of individuals with expertise in diverse parts of the arts sector, including disciplinary knowledge and other expertise (such as administr...

performing arts

The fields of practice of theatre, circus arts, music and sound, and dance. Inter-arts work may also be among the performing arts.

professional artist

An artist who: has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions) is recognized as a professiona...

project grant

Grants that normally have one payment and that are for a single project or for a project that repeats over a given period.

R

remote community allowance

Funding available to applicants in the Creating, Knowing and Sharing program who face increased or unusual costs due to their geographic inaccessi...

S

supplement grant

Additional funding applied to an approved grant.