*New* Digital Literacy and Intelligence Stream - Requests up to $50,000 can apply anytime to our ongoing deadline.

Stimulate the digital transformation of the arts sector in Canada

The Digital Strategy Fund encourages an overall approach that helps support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in understanding the digital world, engaging with it, and responding to the cultural and social changes it produces. Between 2017 and 2021, the Canada Council will invest $88.5M through this Fund.

In 2017-18, $6M was awarded in support to artists, artistic groups and organizations towards the development of digital initiatives. The Fund will support initiatives that aim at developing a user-centred culture of innovation, a rethinking of organizational culture, work procedures and leadership styles, and finally, the adoption and deployment of available technological solutions.

The Canada Council encourages initiatives that embody the values and principles of both the digital world and the Digital Strategy Fund, namely:

  • a focus on collaboration, partnership and networking;
  • open-mindedness, and willingness to share knowledge, results, ideas and lessons learned;
  • experimentation, risk-taking and iterative development.

Fund Components

Digital Literacy and Intelligence

Project grants to support the arts sector in building digital knowledge, skills and capacity. It supports Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in their efforts to respond more effectively to the challenges, issues and opportunities of the digital era, develop and broaden their strategic digital thinking, and strengthen their ability to translate that thinking into sustainable, concrete actions.

Public Access to the Arts and Citizen Engagement

Project grants to support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations to improve the public’s access, engagement and participation in the arts through digital means. It supports innovative digital initiatives that enhance the artistic experience of diverse publics, encourage the participation and engagement of citizens with the art, and increase discoverability and access to the works of Canadian artists, both at home and abroad.

Transformation of Organizational Models

Project grants to support the exploration, development, implementation or optimization of existing digital initiatives in order to help arts organizations transform the way they work in order to address challenges, seize opportunities and adapt to a networked and connected environment.

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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

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Join our program officers for information and networking sessions this summer

What to expect

During these 90 minute information sessions program officers will:

  • Provide an overview of the vision and scope of the Fund
  • Help you understand which program component is right for you
  • Offer tips to keep in mind while you write your grant application
  • Answer your questions

Each session will be followed by an informal networking event. These events will be an opportunity, beyond the information session, for you to connect with others in your community and share information, ideas, and interests in working on a digital initiative.

Date City Description of event Time Venue RSVP
August 22, 2019 Toronto, ON Info Session and Networking 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Catalyst at Ryerson University 80 Gould Street, Toronto FULL
August 21, 2019 Toronto, ON Info Session and Networking 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Catalyst at Ryerson University 80 Gould Street, Toronto FULL
August 15, 2019 Ottawa, ON Info Session and Networking 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Impact Hub Ottawa 123 Slater St., 7th floor, Ottawa Past event
August 14, 2019 Montreal, QC Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cinémathèque Québécoise 335 De Maisonneuve Blvd East, Montreal Past event
August 13, 2019 Montreal, QC Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cinémathèque Québécoise  335 De Maisonneuve Blvd East, Montreal Past event
August 8, 2019
Vancouver, BC
Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Post at 750, 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Past event
June 27, 2019 Winnipeg, MB Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Creative Manitoba, 300-245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg Past event
June 25, 2019 Regina, SK Info Session and Networking 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St, Regina  Past event
June 19, 2019 Edmonton, AB Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. La Cité Francophone, 8627 91st Street (rue Marie-Anne Gaboury) Past event
June 18, 2019 Calgary, AB Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. cSpace King Edward, Studio Theatre South, 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary Past event
June 13, 2019 St. John's, NF Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Alt Hotel, 125 Water Street, St. John's Past event
June 13, 2019 Charlottetown, PE Info Session and Networking 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. StartupZone, 31 Queen Street, Charlottetown Past event
June 12, 2019 Fredericton, NB Info Session and Networking 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Planet Hatch, 50 Crowther Lane, Suite 140, Fredericton Past event
June 11, 2019 Halifax, NS Info Session and Networking
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Volta, 1505 Barrington Street, Unit 100, Halifax Past event

Get Application Advice

In the fall of 2018, we hosted a two-part series of Facebook Live Information Sessions dedicated to guiding you through the Fund’s program components, guidelines and evaluation criteria. Program officers for the Digital Strategy Fund, Rémi Lortie and Alea Cardarelli, also answered some frequently asked questions. Watch now to get pointers on your next application!