*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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Tip #10—Apply any time of year for Digital Literacy initiatives under 50K

You may have only just started your digital journey, and you’re unsure where to go next. Or you may have a digital opportunity or challenge in mind that you want to explore further.

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Tip #9: Be open and sustainable—and leave your mark

Your digital initiative can have a long-lasting impact when you enable your community to build their digital capacity out of your work. What’s the best way to do that?

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Tip # 8: Have a plan for your team’s decision making

The digital world is full of new and exciting opportunities—but with all of these opportunities comes a lot of decision making. How will you and your collaborators know how to make a decision with your digital challenge or opportunity?

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Tip #1: Don’t know what you don’t know? Become digitally literate. 7 Tips to Keep Calm and Go Digital

Digital transformation is happening so quickly that many find themselves at the beginning of mastering a digital vocabulary and mindset (aka digital literacy). Some feel they don’t even know what they don’t know.

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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!