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A national arms-length agency created to foster the development of the arts in Canada through grants, services and awards to professional artists and organizations. The Canada Council Theatre Section provides creation, production, dissemination and play translation assistance to professional Canadian theatre artists and organizations. The Theatre Section also contributes to operating costs and touring costs in Canada and abroad, as well as to special initiatives for the promotion of co-productions and artistic collaborations at the national and international levels. Travel Grant, program deadlines, details and selected theatre application forms are available for downloading directly off their website. This is Canada’s national arts funding agency. Its website provides information about the council’s grants to media artists, including travel grants, and grants available to Aboriginal media artists. The council also administers a number of important awards and prizes.

  • Visual and media artists
  • Film and television
  • Performing arts
  • New media
  • Writers
  • Crafts and design


The Canada Council for the Arts is a national arm’s length agency created by the federal government in 1957 to “foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.” To fulfill this mandate, the Canada Council provides grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in:

  • dance
  • inter-arts
  • media arts
  • music
  • theatre
  • visual arts
  • writing and publishing


Professional Artists

Many grant programs are for individual artists. The most common types of grants for individuals are:

  • creation/production
  • professional development
  • residency
  • travel

Generally you must be a professional artist and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to apply. A professional artist is someone who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions),
  • is recognized as such by peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and
  • has a history of public presentation or publication.

If you receive a grant, you will be required to devote a substantial portion of your time to your program of work or activity, as outlined in your application.

Arts Collectives, Companies and other Canadian, Non-Profit Arts Organizations

Grants offered include:

  • operating funds
  • organizational development assistance
  • project assistance
  • presenting and dissemination assistance

An applicant organization must be staffed by arts professionals who create artistic works, or present them to the Canadian public. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, but examples of eligible organizations are:

  • theatre companies,
  • art museums
  • public galleries
  • artist-run centres
  • dance companies
  • orchestras and
  • film co-operatives.

Professional publishing houses are also eligible for grant support, through the Writing and Publishing Section


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