Inter-Arts Office: Project Grants to Organizations



15 November, 2016
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Grant Amount

Up to $40,000

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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 529.2 KB].

Program Description

This program assists professional Canadian incorporated non-profit arts organizations and artists’ collectives and groups with a mandate inclusive of inter-arts work to enable them to research, create, produce, present and/or provide professional services on occasions of strategic importance to their artistic and organizational development in Canada or abroad.


15 November, 2016

If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

Grant Amount

The maximum grant amount is $40,000. Average grant amounts awarded by this program in recent years have ranged from $15,000 to $25,000.


Eligible applicants must meet all of following requirements in order to apply: 

  • be a professional Canadian federally, provincially or territorially incorporated non-profit arts organization, artists’ collective or group with a mandate inclusive of inter-arts work for a minimum of two years as of the program deadline
  • have had at least two verifiable public presentations and/or publications of inter-arts work in a professional context before the program deadline
  • have inter-arts activities as a substantial portion of their overall activities
  • have professional artists as their artistic leaders and core members.

The Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone who:

  • has specialized training in an artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially.

Eligible activities

This program supports exploratory and integrated artistic activities that result in hybrid forms outside of existing artistic disciplines at the Canada Council. These activities are referred to as inter-arts work.

While not defined by a particular aesthetic, inter-arts work is most often characterized by innovative combinations of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, genres, technology, cultural influences, social engagement and inclusion of diverse perspectives and media.

This program also supports contemporary circus art and artist and community collaboration activities that correspond to the definition of inter-arts work indicated above.

This program calls for a self-defined approach to activity types of inter-arts work. Applicants may use this program to engage in one or more of the following components, as appropriate to their mandate and artistic intentions (presented in no particular order):

  • Creation: for a period of creation of original inter-arts work
  • Development: for professional development and market access opportunities
  • Presentation: to curate and/or present inter-arts works and to support engagement of the public with the work
  • Production: to produce an inter-arts work that will be presented in a professional context
  • Research: to explore new concepts that will lead to the creation of an original inter-arts work.

Aboriginal, culturally diverse, official language minority and Deaf and disability arts communities

The Inter-Arts Office supports a plurality of voices in the inter-arts community as well as the development of audiences. Eligible organizations that undertake particular activities or initiatives led by or involving artists from Aboriginal, culturally diverse, official language minority and/or Deaf and disability arts communities are encouraged to include this information in their request so that peer assessors may take it into consideration.

Further Information

Lys Stevens

Program Officer
Inter-Arts Office

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4679

TTY: 1-866-585-5559