1. Funding
  2. Grants
  3. Supporting Artistic Practice
  4. Professional Development for Arts Professionals

Professional Development for Arts Professionals

Supporting Artistic Practice

Ice covered tree branches - Banner for Supporting Artistic Practice Program

Apply on the portal

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

Due to COVID-19: 

  • the Canada Council has established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting some travel-related activities  
  • there may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part  

The Professional Development for Arts Professionals component of Supporting Artistic Practice supports the career growth of Canadian arts professionals by encouraging knowledge-sharing and participation in a wide range of development opportunities. Grants fund activities that contribute to the advancement of Canadian arts professionals.


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.

To calculate the amount you can request for travel costs, see the fixed travel rates.

Activities - what you can apply for

Professional development activities or sharing expertise with other Canadian arts professionals, including but not limited to:

  • mentorships
  • internships
  • specialized training
  • taking or giving workshops
  • research
  • participation in conferences, seminars or other significant events

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:

  • arts professionals (those who play non-artistic roles such as administrators, technicians, etc.)
  • cultural connectors

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