Inter-Arts Office: Touring Grants to Artists and Organizations
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.
- 1 May (for tours taking place as of 1 September)
- 15 November (for tours taking place as of 15 March)
If one of these dates 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 Inter-Arts Office: Touring Grants to Artists and Organizations program assists professional Canadian artists, artists collaborations, artist’s collectives, groups and non-profit organizations working in an art form supported by the Inter-Arts Office to undertake national and international tours in order to engage audiences and presenters and to increase and enhance markets.
The art forms defined below are supported by the Inter-Arts Office. These definitions apply to the determination of eligibility of art forms to this program and in the assessment of applications.
Integrated arts is an approach to artistic practice where two or more artistic disciplines are combined with the intent to create a new, unified and distinct form. The result of this integration is a hybrid of art forms where no one artistic form is dominant. While not defined by a particular aesthetic, integrated arts are often characterized by innovative combinations of artistic practices, genres, technology, cultural influences, social engagement and inclusion of diverse perspectives. It can also integrate fields outside of the arts in addition to the artistic disciplines involved.
Contemporary circus art is a form of artistic expression that integrates the mastery of one or more circus techniques recognized and taught by professional circus art schools such as the National Circus School. The practice, discourse and works funded by the Inter-Arts Office are those that lead to the creative evolution of this art form and that use circus techniques in original and innovative artistic concepts.
Artists and community collaboration is an arts process where professional artists and community members actively work together as creative partners in collaborative projects. Activities and projects are joint undertakings where the process of collaborating is equally important to the art created, and where there is shared decision-making and ownership of project results.
All applicants must:
- work in an art form supported by the Inter-Arts Office
- have at least two verifiable public presentations (or publications for critics and curators) of work in an art form supported by the Inter-Arts Office before applying.
Artists’ collectives and groups and non-profit organizations
Canadian artists’ collectives and groups must have been in existence for at least two years before the deadline for which they are applying.
Canadian non-profit organizations must have been incorporated as a non-profit organization for at least two years before the deadline for which they are applying.
Organizations currently receiving support from the Inter-Arts Office: Grants to Organizations program or who receive an operating grant from the Canada Council must demonstrate how the proposed touring activities fall outside of their regular activities.
Individual artists and organizations
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:
- has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
- is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
- has a history of public presentation or publication.
You may apply for a maximum of $50,000.
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4679