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Programming: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters Grant

Grants to Canada Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational
Institutions for Performing Arts Events and Arts Festivals

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Government of Canada - Department of Canadian Heritage - Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 5:00 PM Local Time Delivery; 11:59 PM Local Time Electronic Receipt; or Postmarked by Date.


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Grants to Canada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and Aboriginal institutions and organizations for the presentation of performing arts series and arts festivals. Funding is intended to support programming that gives Canadians opportunities to value and engage with professional artistic experiences.

The Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters sub-component supports existing professional arts festivals and performing arts series presenters to offer activities that connect artists with Canadians in their communities. This is primarily achieved through performances, as well as through audience development and outreach initiatives such as pre- or post-show panel discussions, public lectures and workshops, residencies, demonstrations, public rehearsals, and other forms of community engagement activities.

The expected results of the Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters sub-component include the following:

- Arts presenter organizations offer a variety of professional artistic experiences to Canadians; and
- Canadians in all regions of the country engage and participate in a variety of professional artistic experiences offered by arts presenters.

Eligible Projects:

-Presentation of a minimum of three distinct professional shows, as part of a performing arts series, in one or several artistic disciplines and from more than one province or territory;
-Presentation within a festival format of at least three distinct professional performances or events from one or several artistic disciplines and from more than one province or territory;
-Community engagement activities, including audience development/outreach activities (see Glossary for more details);
-Professional development/networking activities for arts presenters such as attending workshops and conferences;
-Partnerships and collaborations including other arts presenters, not-for-profit arts community organizations and/or educational institutions; and
-Volunteer participation including training and training materials.

For a list of eligible expenses, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167617

Estimated Size of Grant:

Professional Arts Festivals: The CAPF can support up to 25% of eligible expenses, or a maximum of $100,000 in the case of grants and $500,000 in the case of contributions. In exceptional circumstances, support of up to $1,000,000 may be available for festivals with total eligible expenses over $5,000,000.

Performing Arts Series Presenters: The CAPF can support up to 25% of eligible expenses, or a maximum of $100,000 in the case of grants and $200,000 in the case of contributions.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may request funding for the same activities for a number of fiscal years. Applicants must show that you have the capacity to complete the planned activities on an annual basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization must be one of the following:

-A not-for-profit organization incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act or the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (or under corresponding provincial or territorial legislation);
-A provincial, territorial or municipal institution (including agencies and public educational institutions that organize presentation activities for the public); or
-An Aboriginal peoples institution or organization (Aboriginal peoples include Inuit, M├ętis, Status and Non-Status people).

All eligible organizations must:

-Have a clear arts presentation focus in their vision or mandate that is reflected in their by-laws and/or other governance documents;
-Have as their mission the presentation of works of professional artists;
-Keep separate, clear and exact accounts for these presentation activities;
-Have been in continuous professional operation for a minimum of one year prior to the application deadline;
-Present works that originate from more than one province or territory;
-Provide the presentation venue, as well as technical and promotional support for the presentation;
-Charge an admission fee to the public for part or all of the presentation season or the festival; and
-Pay a guaranteed fee to professional artists for presentations offered within a festival or series and provide professional presentation conditions. (The contractual commitments concerning remuneration to artists by Fringe and street- performer festivals also meet CAPF eligibility requirements).

Performing Arts Series Presenters must also have presented in a professional manner a minimum of three distinct shows, or a series of performances within a season, created, produced and performed by other professional artists.

In addition, professional Arts Festivals must:

-Have presented in a professional manner a festival lasting a minimum of three consecutive days, of various works created, produced and/or performed by professional artists; and
-Program a festival that extends over a period of three days (minimum) to four weeks (generally) and includes the presentation of a minimum of three distinct professional works/performances.
-Media arts festivals: also demonstrate a commitment to presenting works by independent professional artists, including films, video or audio productions, and new media. CAPF will give priority to media arts festivals where artists are remunerated to undertake outreach activities with the general public during the festival

For a list of Ineligible Activities and Expenses, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines - April 1st and October 1st for projects which will occur after April 1st of the following year:

- April 1st is the application deadline for projects starting between April 1st and June 30th of the following year.
- All other applicants must contact their regional office to determine which deadline is appropriate for their organization.

When an application falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

Your application must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than the published deadline to be considered.

If you are submitting an application to the CAPF for the first time, you are encouraged to contact the nearest office of the Department of Canadian Heritage to verify whether your organization and your project are eligible.

The total financial assistance received from the CAPF and other levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 90% of the total project-related costs.

Provided that the need is clearly demonstrated and validated by the program, on rare occasions we may fund up to 50% of eligible expenses for projects offered in communities facing unusual barriers that cannot be overcome without substantial assistance, or for artistic disciplines that are underserved.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants may be emailed (preferred), mailed, hand-delivered, or sent by courier to the nearest office of the Department of Canadian Heritage:

Department of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5

Phone: 819-997-0055 / 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
TTY: 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Regional offices of Department of Canadian Heritage:

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon