Inter-Arts Office: Grants to Artists
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 Inter-Arts Office: Grants to Artists program assists professional Canadian artists and independent critics or curators working in an art form supported by the Inter-Arts Office to research, create, produce and/or engage in professional development including market access activities on occasions of importance to their artistic and career development in Canada or abroad.
The program offers three components: Research/creation, Production and Professional development (see the Eligible Projects section for details).
The art forms defined below are supported by the Inter-Arts Office. These definitions are used to determine the 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.
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.
To meet the definition of a professional artist in this program you must also have:
- maintained a practice in an art form supported by the Inter-Arts Office for at least one year before the competition deadline
- a minimum of one year of public presentation or publication in an art form supported by the Inter-Arts Office
- 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.
The maximum grant amount that you can request from this program is $25,000 for an individual artist and $30,000 for collaborations.
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