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Arts Abroad - Circulation and Touring

Grants to Canada Artists, Arts Professionals, and
Artistic Organizations for Tours and Traveling Exhibits

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Canada Council for the Arts

Deadline Date:

12/11/19 11:59 PM PT


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Grants to Canada artists, curators, groups, collectives, artistic organizations, nonprofit organizations, and festivals to facilitate touring presentations and exhibits. Applicants must register online at least 30 days prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to support activities promoting professional networking and artistic exchange that will enhance their visibility at the international level.

The Circulation and Touring component of Arts Abroad funds activities linked to artistic exchange and networking for Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants help build international exposure and increase the visibility of Canadian artists and their works abroad. International presenters, partners or host organizations must pay performance or exhibition fees to the presented artists, groups or organizations.

Eligible Activities:

- Circulation or touring of artists, exhibitions, or artistic works to one or more international locations
- Cross-border Canada/United States tours with a majority of events in the US

Eligible expenses are direct costs related to the activity, including:

- Artists’ fees
- Transportation
- Accommodation and per diem
- Additional shipping or baggage costs directly related to the activity
- Touring production and exhibition expenses
- Promotion and project management
- Pre-tour artists’ fees and production expenses for remounting existing works (for performing arts only)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177982

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are generally up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $200,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:

- Artists and curators
- Artistic groups and collectives
- Artistic organizations
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists, groups, collectives and not-for-profit organizations
- Media arts distribution centers and festivals
- Canadian and international visual arts festivals

An applicant's eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply to this component.

Projects that are self-organized, self-presented, or self-promoted are not eligible.

Applicants may not 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.

Ineligible Activities:

Pre-Application Information:


- May 1, 2019; notification in September 2019
- September 10, 2019; notification in January 2020
- December 11, 2019; notification in April 2020

Note: The portal closes to submissions at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Applications are to be submitted via the portal, but if you have not already done so, you must register in the portal 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.

Application limits – each year (1 March – 28/29 February), you can apply to this component 4 times and receive maximum combined grants of $200 000. You can submit more than one application per deadline.

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. For more information, see

International presenters, partners or host organizations must contribute financially to the tour. This can include the payment of performance or exhibition fees, providing a share of the admission fees or box office sales and, in exceptional circumstances, a contribution to accommodation or other touring costs.

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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:

Arts Abroad Program Officer
Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4074

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin St
P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, ON Canada
K1P 5V8
1-800 263-5588
613 566-4414

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