Annual application limits

Each program component has limits on the number of applications you can submit and/or the grants you can receive each year – details are included in the guidelines for each component. In addition, there are over-riding limits on the number of applications you can submit annually to Canada Council for the Arts (1 March to 28/29 February). If you are planning several projects in a year, you will want to strategize which projects to submit to the Canada Council for support.

The over-riding limits are as follows:

  • Individuals and groups, as well as organizations not receiving core (operating) grants may submit a maximum of 3 applications to the Council each year.
  • Organizations receiving core (operating) grants may submit a maximum of 2 project applications to the Council each year, in addition to their core grant request every 2 or 4 years.

However, there are exceptions. To enable you to respond to invitations and other time-sensitive opportunities, applications to the following components are not counted in the over-riding limits:

  • Creating Knowing and Sharing: Travel
  • Creating Knowing and Sharing: Small Scale Activities
  • Arts Across Canada: Travel
  • Arts Across Canada: Representation and Promotion
  • Arts Across Canada: Translation
  • Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring
  • Arts Abroad: Travel
  • Arts Abroad: Representation and Promotion
  • Arts Abroad: Translation
  • Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring
  • Digital Strategy Fund
  • Access Support Fund
  • Market Access Strategy for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) Fund
  • Media Arts Equipment Acquisition Fund
  • Frankfurt 2020: Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German

To see a comprehensive list of all overriding application limits and individual program/component limits please view see this Annual Application Limits Overview (PDF, 62 KB).