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In 2018-19, over 2,800 Canadian artists, almost 450 groups and over 2,000 arts organizations received Canada Council grants.
Canada Council grants are organized into six programs.
Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art. Learn more
This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem. Learn more
Supporting Artistic Practice encourages a dynamic support system for the arts in Canada by funding Canadian arts professionals, groups, and arts organizations who champion the Canadian arts sector, boost the capacity for artists to realize work and advance the conditions of creation. Learn more
Arts Across Canada fosters meaningful relationships and exchanges between artists and the Canadian public. Artists, arts professionals, groups and arts organizations can apply to present and share artistic work with diverse communities across the country, engage more deeply with the public and develop a stronger national profile. Learn more
The Digital Fund
We will amplify the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology, which is changing the way we relate to the arts and culture, and how we connect with each other and the world. Artists and arts organizations need to be able to thrive in this radically changing environment. Increased financial support will help them take advantage of technology to create new artistic visions and experiences, to reach new audiences and to transform their organizations and ways of working.
Composite Grants: a new approach to project funding
Composite grants provide support for several projects taking place over 1 to 3 years. Instead of submitting a number of separate project applications, individuals, groups and organizations can combine their activities into a composite proposal. Organizations may also find this to be a more flexible and less onerous alternative to core grants. Applicants will need to have a history of receiving project grants from the Canada Council before they are eligible to apply for a composite grant.
Apply through our portal
Self-Nominate as a Peer Assessor
Peer assessment is the basis for the majority of the Canada Council’s arts funding decisions.
The Canada Council maintains an active registry of potential peer assessors that is used to assemble assessment committees.
Now you can submit your name to be added to this list when you register your account on the portal.