Important Notice: The guidelines and forms for the Digital Strategy Fund are currently being updated for the fall deadline.
You will be able to submit your application through the portal beginning in September.
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.
Digital Literacy and Intelligence
Project grants to support 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 the exploration, development, implementation or optimization of digital initiatives that radically improve citizen access to, experience of and engagement with the arts and artists.
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 so they are in a better position to address challenges and seize opportunities to innovate, develop and amplify through digital initiatives.