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Canada‑Korea Co‑creation Fund Guidelines

Call for applications for Canada‑Korea co‑creation projects

The Canada Council for the Arts has partnered with Arts Council Korea and Global Affairs Canada to support projects that will deepen and diversify creative, collaborative relationships between Canadian and Korean artists.

This is the second of two funds inspired by 60 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Korea. By working together, the partners hope to facilitate creative connections, promote cultural exchange, and develop new international opportunities while investing in a more equitable and sustainable shared future for the arts.

About the Fund

The Canada-Korea Co-creation Fund is a one-time fund to support artistic co-creation projects between Canada and Korea, boosting creative connection between the two countries.

Canadian artists, artistic collectives and arts organizations can apply to co-create and co-develop new projects, intended for presentation, in collaboration with a Korean partner.

Projects must reflect a commitment to increasing capacity and/or advancing conversations around environmental sustainability and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Co-production and/or co-presentation activities can be included in the project, but there is no requirement to do so as co-creation is the primary focus of the fund.

Note: Arts Council Korea has launched a parallel fund for Korean artists and arts organizations. Interested Koreans should visit the Arts Council Korea website for details.

Contribution amount: Up to $25,000 CA

Deadline:  January 18, 2024. Completed application forms and required documents must be submitted by email on or before the deadline date by 11:59 pm (local time). Incomplete or late applications will not be assessed. Application assistance may be available. See below for details.

Application limits: You can only submit 1 application to this fund. Applications to this fund do not count towards the maximum number you can submit to the Canada Council each year.

Notification of results: By end of March 2024

Who can apply

The Canada-Korea Co-creation Fund is open to Canadian artists and artistic groups, collectives, and organizations working in any field of practice currently funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, with a minimum of 7 years of professional experience in their creative field. Individual artists must meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist.

The applicant must:

  • be looking to establish or deepen creative ties with Korea through co-creation,
  • have demonstrated capacity for international work and collaboration,
  • have existing ties to Korean arts and culture on which to build,
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (though not necessarily living in Canada at the time of application) OR an authorized representative of a Canadian arts organization, group or collective,
  • have secured a letter of interest from a Korean citizen or permanent resident with a professional artistic practice based in the Republic of Korea OR a Korean arts organization with activities based primarily in the Republic of Korea.

Note that applicants are not required to have a profile on the Canada Council portal to apply.

The Canada Council is committed to equity and inclusion and encourages applications from individuals, groups and organizations from culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority communities. The Canada Council recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of this land and encourages applications and nominations from First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations in all its programs. Measures are in place in all programs to support these commitments.

What you can apply for

The Canada-Korea Co-creation Fund can support artistic co-creation projects intended to result in:

  • a public, collaborative presentation or exhibition
  • a media arts or digital arts production ready for dissemination
  • (an) artist book(s) for visual arts publishers or visual artists

Projects must reflect a commitment to increasing capacity and/or advancing conversations around environmental sustainability and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion.

For the purposes of this fund, artistic co-creation is an arrangement where two or more artistic groups and/or organizations combine creative, financial, and human resources to create an artistic project where the groups and/or organizations share credit as the creators.

Media or digital art projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Works must be independent of the commercial industries of film, television and video games and cannot be commissioned from other entities.
  • The collaborating Canadian and Korea artists, groups or collectives must maintain complete creative and editorial control over the work, ownership of the final work and receive a significant part of the revenues generated by the work.
  • Artists working with a production company must be the sole owner or full partner in the company.
  • Producers are not eligible; only the director of the artwork may apply.
  • Animators must be the principal animator of the project.

You cannot apply for activities that:

  • occur before the program’s deadline
  • are already funded by another Canada Council or ARKO program
  • are on the Canada Council’s general list of ineligible activities
  • focus primarily or exclusively on presentation
  • are literary writing projects

How your application will be assessed

Eligible applications will be assessed by an internal assessment committee composed of Canada Council employees knowledgeable about the relevant artistic areas and fields of practice.

All assessment committee decisions are final.

Your application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


  • Rationale for the project, including timeliness and alignment with your artistic profile and existing knowledge of/connection to Korean arts and culture
  • Alignment of the project with the objectives of the fund
  • Suitability of the Korean partner as a collaborator with you on this project


  • Capacity for you and your Korean collaborator(s) to undertake the project as proposed. This includes professional, international and co-creation expertise.
  • Your and/or partner's knowledge of issues related to environmental sustainability and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Reasonable budget and work plan (and presentation and promotion plan, if applicable)


  • Potential for the project to strengthen creative ties between Canada-Korea by:
    • Strengthening the applicant’s connection to Korean arts and culture
    • Strengthening the creative relationship with the Korean collaborator
    • Developing the applicant’s capacity for international co-creation
    • Developing future Canada-Korea opportunities (for yourself and/or others)
  • Potential for the project to advance environmental sustainability and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion in arts and culture.


There are two types of support available to applicants who are Deaf or living with a disability, or who face other barriers and require accommodation.

Application assistance

You may be eligible for Application Assistance to pay for someone to help you with the application process if you are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:

  • An artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness; or
  • A First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.

To obtain Application Assistance, contact the officer in charge at least 2 weeks before the deadline. For the Canada-Korea Co-creation Fund this can be done with an email to international.coordination@canadacouncil.ca

Support for successful applicants

Access Support funds individual applicants who self-identify as Deaf, having disabilities or living with mental illness, as well as groups and organizations that dedicate the majority of their resources towards supporting these communities. This supplementary grant provides a contribution towards costs for specific services and supports required to carry out a project funded through a Canada Council program. The supplement may not cover all of these costs but may be a contribution towards these types of expenses. Access support must be linked directly to the project activities; it does not fund daily living expenses.

You must have an application in progress or already submitted before making a request for Access Support. The application for Access Support must be submitted within 90 days of submitting your Canada-Korea Co-creation Fund application.

To obtain Access Support for a Canada-Korea Co-creation Project, contact the officer in charge at international.coordination@canadacouncil.ca for an application form.

What you need to submit

A complete application must include all of the following:

  • Identification Form (confidential)
    • Identification of applicant
    • Declaration
    • Access Support (if applicable)
  • Application Summary
    • Identification of applicant
    • Summary description of the fund request
  • Required Documents (as applicable)
    • Applicant profile (500 words maximum)
    • Curriculum vitae or bio of applicant (1-3 pages maximum)
    • Collaboration description (500 words maximum)
    • Curriculum vitae and/or bio for the primary collaborator(s) (1-3 pages maximum)
    • Project description (1000 words maximum)
    • Signed letter of interest from your Korean collaborator(s)
  • Budget Form
  • Consent to Share Information Form (confidential)

Please refer to the application form for detailed instructions.

Personal information

Know that personal information collected in the Canada-Korea Co-creation Fund application shall be used for purposes related directly to this particular Canada Council program.

The Canada Council may share personal information from applications with officials in other arts and cultural industry funding agencies and government institutions on a confidential basis. Shared information is limited to your name, contact information, field of practice and project description, and is provided to assist with research, reporting, program planning and evaluation, to present networking or economic opportunities, or to respond to federal reviews. For more information on how your personal information is protected, see our Privacy Notice.

For this Fund, the Canada Council may share the contents of your application with Arts Council Korea. Arts Council Korea operates in accordance with the “Personal Information Protection Act”, which protects personal information in the Republic of Korea. Further details regarding ARKO’s treatment of personal information can also be found on their Privacy Notice page (available in Korean, with the option to translate using Google).

How to submit an application

Send your completed application as 1 email on or before the deadline date by 11:59 p.m. (local time) to international.coordination@canadacouncil.ca

  • The maximum file size including all attachments is 25 MB. Zip files will not be accepted.
  • Applications and required documents must be submitted in either English or French.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email within 3 business days, please contact us.

The Canada Council will make decisions about your eligibility based on the information you provide.

  • You are responsible for providing all the information and required documents requested.
  • Submit only the material required. Additional material will not be shown to the assessment committee.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be assessed.

Have questions or need help applying?

Get in touch with us at: international.coordination@canadacouncil.ca