Artists and Community Collaboration Program in Dance
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
The Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) supports diverse artistic activities that bring together professional artists and the broader community, and give the arts a stronger presence in everyday life. Artists and community collaboration is an arts process that actively involves professional artists and members of the broader community working together in creative and collaborative relationships.
Grants are intended as a contribution toward the specific costs of the project and may include development, creation or production of work and/or the public presentation of work.
These grants are available to professional, individual dance artists, collectives, and non-profit dance companies.
Individual dance artists
To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:
In addition to meeting the criteria above, you must meet the following requirements.
- Dancers must have maintained an active professional dance practice for at least one year, which includes at least one professional public presentation for which they were paid an artist fee.
- Choreographers must have presented at least three works publicly in a period of three consecutive years in a professional context (does not include school or pre-professional work). The works choreographed must have been performed by paid professional artists.
A dance company must be an incorporated Canadian non-profit organization. The core members of the company must be professionals, and they must have completed their basic training. Company dancers must be professionals who are paid for rehearsal time and performances. If the artistic director of the company is also the choreographer, he or she must meet the eligibility criteria for a professional artist as indicated above.
A collective must have a minimum of three core artists but may include any number of people contributing to a common creative goal. The core members of the collective must be professionals, and they must have completed their basic training. A collective must be represented by a dance artist who will take on the administrative and/or artistic responsibility for the project. He or she must also meet the definition of a professional artist and be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
You may apply for a maximum of $30,000.
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5502