Theatre Production Project Grants for Emerging Artists
The objective of the Theatre Production Project Grant Program for emerging artists is to provide assistance to professional non-profit theatre organizations, and ad hoc groups of professional theatre artists for the development and/or production of theatre. “Ad hoc group” refers to a group of artists formed for the specific purpose of creating a unique work. Emerging artists refers to companies or “Ad hoc groups” where the principal members have up to 10 years professional experience.
Grants are intended as a contribution towards the specific costs of:
- a period of development geared towards future production (projects should include at least one public presentation, such as a public reading or workshop),
- theatre production (which may also include development).
Canadian professional non-profit theatre organizations and ad hoc groups of professional theatre artists are eligible.
The Canada Council for the Arts defines professional artist as someone who:
- has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as such by peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and
- has history of public presentation or publication.
It is mandatory for the applicant to submit resumes that state the relevant professional experience of the principal artists involved in the company or ad hoc group.
Applicants have the responsibility to submit all necessary information which will permit their eligibility to be clearly established. The Canada Council for the Arts will base its decisions on the information provided in the application.
Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Incorporated, not for profit theatre organizations currently receiving operating assistance from the Theatre Section of the Canada Council for the Arts are not eligible to apply to this program.
Co-productions or co-presentations are eligible. Only one application per project is accepted. Applicants must include a co-production agreement signed by their co-producing partner, or a letter of intent to co-present signed by their co-presenting partner.
The Theatre Section reserves the right to transfer applications to Theatre Production Project Grants for Established Artists, if circumstances warrant.
Companies or groups of artists may not submit a new application to the Canada Council until outstanding final reports are received under separate cover and approved by an officer.
Restrictions and Other Important Information
- The application must include a letter of feasibility from an established professional theatre organization or artist.
- Companies or groups of artists who have already received three Production Project grants from the Theatre Section will be assessed as Established artists.
- Applicants who have been unsuccessful in a previous competition may not re-submit the same project to a subsequent competition without first speaking with a Theatre Section Officer to discuss changes to the project. The Theatre Section reserves the right to accept or refuse the second request.
- A theatre company or group of artists may submit only one Production Project Grant application per competition.
- Applications from ad hoc groups must include a one page statement from each of the principal artists detailing their artistic participation in the project.
- Projects must start after the application deadline date; the Canada Council will not provide retroactive funding.
- Projects originating in a learning institution, including end of term projects are not eligible in this program
- Applicants should be aware that meeting the eligibility criteria allows them to apply to the program. It does not, however, guarantee that they will receive a grant.
- Grant recommendations are made by a peer assessment committee, based on the overall merit of the project in a national comparative context and on the funds available.
- This Canada Council program is accessible to Aboriginal artists or arts organizations and artists or arts organizations from diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.
Grants awarded range from $5,000 to $12,000 for development activity, and from $5,000 to $20,000 for productions (which may also include development). Because of the high number of applications received and the limited resources available, grants awarded are usually smaller than the amounts requested.
Retroactive funding is not available.
Theatre Production Project Grants for Emerging Artists (pdf, 206 KB)
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Nancy Guertin, Bruce Sinclair, Robert Allen (Program Officers)
(Linda Nickolson, Assistant)
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. 4485 (Linda Nickolson, Assistant)
TTY : 1-866-585-5559