Activities: What can I apply for?

Projects should propose a concrete solution to a clearly identified problem. Grow supports a wide range of project development and implementation activities.  To be eligible, your project must be built on solid, existing research, development and planning and demonstrate how the Council's investment will scale up the existing project for greater impact.

Grow only supports collaborative projects that are undertaken by organizations in partnership with other organization(s), collective(s) or group(s). To be eligible, projects must stretch beyond a personal gain or benefit to your group or organization and be able to demonstrate potential impact for the broader arts sector or a broader target community.  Partnerships are not limited to the arts sector and we encourage collaborations with sectors outside the arts with shared investment for shared benefit.

Eligible activities

Any project activities required to implement, optimize, scale up and expand an existing project for greater sectoral or cross-sectoral impact at a regional, national, or international level.

The project must respond to one or more of the following key strategic areas:

  • Strengthening the resilience and sustainability of the arts sector, including new business and revenue models
  • Advancing social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts
  • Increasing the accessibility of arts and culture for people who are Deaf or have disabilities
  • Decolonizing the arts sector
  • Creating a greener arts sector
  • Stimulating the digital transformation of the arts sector
  • Improving the health, wellbeing, and financial security of artists and arts professionals
  • Building networks and partnerships to strengthen the arts ecosystem and the role of arts in society
  • Amplifying the benefit of the arts for thriving communities

You can’t apply for activities that occur before the deadline date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Application process

The Grow component has a two-stage application process:

  1. Applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest using the online form by Wednesday, April 13. 
  2. Based on the submitted Expressions of Interest, the Council will invite a limited number of applicants to apply to the Grow component. This will entail providing additional requested information and may include an invitation to pitch their initiative to the assessment committee.

A two-stage application process has been implemented to streamline the work of the committee and of potential applicants.  As the Council will only support a small number of projects each year through the Grow component, the first stage has been designed as a lighter “pitch” to ensure alignment of the project with the objectives of the component. 

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Applicants: Who can apply?

Your application must identify an eligible lead applicant.  Grow only supports collaborative projects that are undertaken in partnership with more than one organization, collective or group.

Types of potential applicants to this component include:

  • artistic organizations
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations

The lead applicant must be a Canadian organization and eligible to apply to the Fund, as determined by their validated profile created in the portal. Project partners do not require a Canada Council profile.

Organizations presently receiving core grants are eligible to apply to this initiative.

For more information:

If you have any questions or need advice, write to us at innovationfund@canadacouncil.ca before submitting your application.