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.

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.

Activities - what you can apply for

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

  • public presentation
  • publication (self-publishing and author-subsidized publishing of literary works are not eligible)
  • 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

Any time before the start date of your project or the part of your project for which you are seeking funding.

22 April 2020 for activities beginning before 31 March 2021*
(*Note: This is the last Spring deadline. Future deadlines will only be in the Fall.)

7 October 2020 for activities beginning after 1 April 2021

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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