1. Funding
  2. Grants
  3. Explore and Create
  4. Concept to Realization

Concept to Realization

Explore and Create

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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

The Concept to Realization component of Explore and Create supports the full creative cycle – from the initial idea through to presentation, at any stage of the creative continuum. Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations can apply to create projects intended for presentation. Grants provide support for artistic research, creation, project development, remounts, production, post-production and presentation.

This component awards:

  • project grants for single activities
  • composite grants that encompass several activities during the same time period.

Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance.

Activities - what you can apply for

Support for creative research, project development, creation and production that result in:

  • public presentation
  • publication
  • exhibition
  • media arts and digital arts productions ready for dissemination
  • artist books and self-publishing practices (for visual arts publishers)

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

Who can apply

Types of potential applicants to this component include:

  • artists
  • artistic groups and collectives
  • artistic organizations
  • visual arts publishers

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

To be eligible for a composite grant, you must have received at least 2 Canada Council project grants in the last 5 years. This excludes grants from the following components and programs: Professional Development, Small-Scale Activities, Travel, Representation and Promotion, Digital Strategy Fund, Leadership for Change: Grants to Organizational Development, Flying Squad, and Visiting Foreign Artists.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants cannot apply to this component.

Deadline and Grant Amount

Project requests
Any time before the start date of your project or the part of your project for which you are seeking funding.
Composite requests
17 April, 2019

Project requests

$60 000, exceptionally up to $100 000

Composite requests

$60 000 per year, exceptionally up to $100 000 (to a maximum of $300 000 over 3 years)


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