Annual Support to Aboriginal Peoples Dance Companies, Organizations and Collectives
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 Annual Support to Aboriginal Dance Companies, Organizations, Groups and Collectives program provides annual operating funding. These grants contribute to the overall cost of ongoing activities, or operations, which can include research and creation of new work, remounts, company classes, master classes, choreographic labs, workshops, commissions, home market activities (such as self-presentations, school shows, lecture demonstrations and presentations), and the administrative support required to sustain these activities.
Applicants to this program must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible.
Eligible applicants are Aboriginal-controlled dance collectives, groups and non-profit organizations/companies. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- have completed a minimum of five years of sustained activity, culminating in full-evening programs of the company’s work
- be directed by recognized professional artists and engage professional performers and other professional artists; the Canada Council for the Arts defines a professional artist as someone who has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions), who is recognized as such by her or his peers, who has a history of public presentation (not necessarily in Canada Council-funded events or venues), and who is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity if financially feasible
- operate on the basis of a season or have a sustained activity level (see Appendix C – Calendar of Activities in the application form)
- have self-generated revenues and an appropriate company infrastructure (see criteria 3, Administrative and Financial Stability, in Part B – Basis of Assessment – of the application form).
- have received from the Canada Council within the past four years two project grants for the production of dance works through the Dance Section’s national-level competitions (e.g., a grant for a short- or long-term dance production project or funding under the Flying Eagle Program)
- have received, as a company and not as an individual artist, regular (at least three grants in the past five years) project funding for a sustained volume of activity and/or operating funding from other public sector funders (provincial or municipal). Applicants not having received such funding (which does not include individual travel or creation grants) shall not be eligible.
The minimum amount that applicants to this program may apply for is $30,000.
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