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Arts Across Canada - Public Outreach

Grants to Canada Arts Organizations and Groups
to Advance Public Appreciation for the Arts

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Canada Council for the Arts

Deadline Date:

09/25/19 11:59 PM Pacific Time - For the Project Grant Component only


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Grants to Canada arts organizations and groups, collectives, architecture professionals and firms, publishers, and presenters for projects that will foster public enjoyment and appreciation of the arts. Applicants must create an account in the online grants portal at least 30 days prior to applying. Grants fund a wide range of live events, publications and other initiatives that build connections between artists and diverse audiences.

You can apply for:
- A project grant for a single activity
- A composite grant for several activities that take place over one to three years.

You can apply for activities that contribute to the public’s appreciation and enjoyment of the arts, such as:
- Exhibitions and other dissemination initiatives
- Programming events
- Non-literary publishing (excluding promotional materials)
- Knowledge-sharing events or forums
- Public development strategies and initiatives

Eligible expenses are direct costs directly related to the activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177919

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amount
- Project requests – up to $100,000
- Composite requests – up to $100,000 per year (to a maximum of $300,000 over 3 years)

Most grants are no more than $30,000 (or $30,000 per year for composite grants). Higher amounts may be considered for activities that have elevated costs due to the duration of the project, number of people involved, and/or technical or other requirements related to the artistic practice.

Term of Contract:

Composite grants may be made over 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:
- Artistic groups and collectives
- Artistic organizations
- Support groups, organizations, and shared platforms
- National arts service organizations
- Festivals, presenters and touring networks
- Book and magazine publishers
- Architects, architectural professionals, groups, collectives, and firms

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

To be eligible for a composite grant, you must have received at least 2 Canada Council project grants in the last 5 years. This excludes grants from the following components and programs: Professional Development, Small-Scale Activities, Travel, Representation and Promotion, Digital Strategy Fund, Leadership for Change: Grants for Organizational Development, Flying Squad, and Visiting Foreign Artists.

Organizations presently receiving core grants:
- Are not eligible for composite grants.
- Are eligible to apply for project grants for activities not funded through core support. The proposed project must include exceptional, non-recurring initiatives that fall outside the scope of activities usually undertaken by the organization.

Book and magazine publishers:
- If the Canada Council is aware that your organization owes royalty payments to writers, illustrators, translators and/or other copyright licensors as of the application deadline, your application will not be eligible.

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.

The General List of Ineligible Activities may be viewed here:

Pre-Application Information:

Arts Across Canada Public Outreach Deadlines
Grant Component: Project
- Application Deadline(s): 2 April 2019
- Notification of Results: August 2019

- Application Deadline(s): 25 September 2019
- Notification of Results: January 2020

Grant Component: Composite
- Application Deadline(s): 2 April 2019
- Notification of Results: August 2019

Note: For components with deadline dates: the portal closes to submissions at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

The time required to process results varies according to the program component. Generally, you can expect to see the result of your application on the portal within 3-6 months following your application.

Create an account and submit one or more profile(s) for validation at least 30 days before you want to apply.

You are encouraged to speak with a Canada Council Program Officer at least two weeks prior to the deadline before submitting an application to this component for the first time.

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. More information may be found here:


Deadlines and Notification of Results:

Contact Information:

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

Online Application Portal:

1-800-263-5588, ext. 4039

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