1. Funding
  2. Grants
  3. Creating, Knowing and Sharing
  4. Travel


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

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Apply on the portal

Create an account and submit one or more profile(s) for validation at least 30 days before you want to apply

Due to COVID-19: 

  • the Canada Council has established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting travel-related activities  
  • there may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part  
  • exceptionally, for components that were temporarily suspended, activities and costs incurred before an application submission date may be eligible. Please refer to our Deadlines and Notification of Results page and contact the relevant program 

Our guidelines and forms will not reflect these changes; for details please visit our COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector web page. 

The Travel component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, arts/cultural professionals (including artists’ representatives), cultural carriers, artistic groups, collectives and organizations working in all disciplines. Grants support travel costs to attend significant events within Canada or abroad that advance your professional development, enable you or the artists you represent to access new markets or build national and international presence.

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer before applying.

You may be eligible for Application Assistance to pay someone to help you with the application process if you are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:

  • an artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness
  • a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.

To calculate the amount you can request for travel costs, see the fixed travel rates.

Activities - what you can apply for

Activities must be led by eligible First Nations, Inuit or Métis professional artists, cultural carriers or arts/cultural professionals.

Travel must be at least 100 kilometres from your place of departure, and by invitation. You can apply for single or several destinations within 1 trip (if you are representing or promoting artists, you can request multiple trips) to:

  • share artistic works or cultural knowledge
  • participate in significant artistic or cultural events, including pow-wows
  • undertake research activities
  • build professional and artistic networks
  • engage in professional development opportunities
  • develop regional, national or international markets

If your application is for touring existing work, you must apply to the Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring or Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring components.

You can’t apply for activities that occur before your departure date or those that receive funding from another Canada Council program component or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Who can apply

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.

Organizations presently receiving core grants cannot apply to this component. However, if you work within an organization that receives core funding, you can apply for projects not related to your organization’s activities by creating your own profile in the portal.