1. Funding
  2. Grants
  3. Supporting Artistic Practice
  4. Sector Innovation and Development

Sector Innovation and Development

Supporting Artistic Practice

Ice covered tree branches - Banner for Supporting Artistic Practice Program

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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 Sector Innovation and Development component of Supporting Artistic Practice funds Canadian cultural connectors and sector builders (Equity arts sector), groups and organizations for projects targeted towards growing and improving the arts sector. Grants encourage initiatives that strengthen and develop support for Canadian artists.

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 towards the planning, development and/or implementation of projects that strengthen the arts sector, including but not limited to:

  • representation or management services for a stable roster of 3 or more Canadian artists, groups or organizations
  • production services for a number of Canadian artists, groups or organizations
  • publishing critical and interpretive magazines that support 1 or more artistic practice 
  • developing new approaches to organizational models and management practices
  • opportunities for shared learning and networking, resource exchange or other forms of collaboration (including mentorship programs)
  • organizing conferences, symposia and workshops
  • sector research
  • implementing and adapting to new technologies
  • organizational capacity-building projects (Equity arts sector only)

Activities must have an impact in the arts sector beyond a personal gain or benefit to your group or organization (this does not apply to Equity groups and organizations).

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:

  • cultural connectors and sector builders (Equity arts sector)
  • artistic groups and collectives
  • architectural groups and collectives
  • artistic organizations
  • national arts service organizations
  • support groups, organizations and shared platforms
  • festivals, presenters and touring networks
  • book and magazine publishers
  • agencies and management service organizations

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the approved 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 travel programs (with the exception of Audience and Market Development Travel Grants).

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants from the National Arts Service Organizations component of Supporting Artistic Practice can apply for research projects only. Other organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply for exceptional projects that extend beyond regular activities. You are responsible for demonstrating the exceptional nature of your project.

Magazine publishers: your application will not be eligible if your organization owes royalty payments to writers, illustrators, translators and/or other copyright licensors as of the application deadline.

Deadline and Grant Amount

Project and Composite
18 April, 2018
17 October, 2018

Project requests

Up to

$100 000

Composite requests

Up to

$100 000

per year (to a maximum of $300,000 over 3 years)


Questions? Contact an officer