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If You Do Not Receive a Grant

If your application isn’t successful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your work lacks merit. Grant assessment is a competitive process and budgets are limited.

For most grant components, with the exception of high-volume components such as Travel, you can make an appointment to speak with a Program Officer to receive high-level feedback on your application. You can use this feedback to reassess your application and consider whether you should apply again or for a different project. Remember that every competition has a different set of applicants. The Canada Council retains unsuccessful grant application files for a period of 3 years. (PIB: CC PPU 130; CC PPU 115)

Note that Council decisions are final.

The Canada Council does not tolerate any form of verbal abuse, harassment or intimidation toward its staff.

To learn more, see How we make funding decisions, our Granting Policy and the Public Feedback Process.