1. Funding
  2. Grants
  3. Engage and Sustain

Cultivating strong Canadian creative communities

Engage and Sustain fosters a vibrant foundation for the arts in Canada by supporting arts organizations at the heart of Canada’s creative communities.

This program funds organizations that are dedicated to developing excellence in arts practice, advancing the arts through programming, and exposing a diverse public to a range of artists and creative works.

The Canada Council for the Arts expects this program to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Canadian arts organizations offer high-quality outreach activities that engage the public
  • Canadian arts organizations respond to change and are resources for their professional communities, creating conditions for sustained artistic development
  • Through high-quality programming and outreach activities, Canadian arts organizations are relevant in their local communities

Program Components

Artistic Catalysts

Core grants to support the activities of Canadian arts organizations rooted in communities for the creation, production and dissemination of work

Artistic Institutions

Core grants to support the activities of major Canadian arts institutions as leaders in the development of arts practice

The Canada Council is committed to equity and inclusion, and encourages applications from culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority artists, groups and organizations. The Canada Council recognizes and affirms the Indigenous and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of this land and encourages applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations in all its programs. Measures are in place in all programs to support these commitments.

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

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Practical advice to help artists and arts workers prepare a new CV or adapt an existing one.

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