Funds for showcasing artistic work

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About the program

Get a grant covering up to 60% of your total annual revenues when you present and exhibit quality art and literary works to Canadian audiences.

The Arts Festivals and Presenters component of Arts Across Canada encourages Canadian arts organizations to present and exhibit quality art and literary works to Canadian audiences. Grants support festivals and presenters to showcase important artistic work, strengthen artistic practice, and build bridges between artists and audiences.

Please see guidelines for details and the translation deadline date.

Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance.

Who can apply?

Types of potential applicants to this component include:

festivals, presenters and touring networks

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.

To be eligible, your organization must present, exhibit or disseminate the work of Canadian artists (as well as international artists, if applicable) through a festival, biennale or other form of presentation in Canada. You must also meet the following basic criteria:

presently receive core support from this component. If your organization is presently receiving core support from another component, you must contact your Program Officer to confirm your eligibility before you apply


have received 1 composite grant or 3 project grants from the Canada Council in the last 5 years. This excludes grants from the following components and programs: Travel, Representation and Promotion, Translation, Literary Publishing Projects, Small-Scale Activities, Digital Strategy Fund, Leadership for Change: Grants for Organizational Development, Flying Squad and Visiting Foreign Artists.

be an incorporated not-for-profit arts organization

work with a professional staff

have at least 5 years of continuous professional programming that is accessible to the public

pay fees to the artists and arts organizations you present or exhibit

How to apply

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