Travel Grants to Theatre 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.
Any time before departure date.
Applicants who wish to have the results before their departure should apply at least six weeks in advance.
The Canada Council for the Arts will not accept applications postmarked after the departure date, incomplete applications or those submitted by fax or email.
The Travel Grants to Theatre Artists program assists with travel costs for professional Canadian theatre artists and arts professionals in response to invitations to:
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
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 field (not necessarily in academic institutions
- is recognized as such 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.
Playwrights must have had at least one work produced professionally on stage or published professionally. Other theatre artists must have practiced with professional companies or independent professional productions for at least two years. Other theatre artists must have practiced with professional companies or independent professional productions for at least two years.
Scriptwriters who wish to write a stage play must have had at least one dramatic work produced professionally on radio, television or film.
Composers must have written music for at least one professional theatre production.
Applications may include more than one destination as long as they are part of one trip. Applicants travelling to eligible events in multiple destinations must explain the reason and the costs requested for each portion.
Within the activities eligible to receive support, the Theatre Section has established the following priorities. They are listed in descending priority order.
- travel to receive a prize
- travel to the professional production (either nationally or internationally) of the artist’s work, including staged readings abroad
- travel for the purpose of leading workshops or panel discussions, or giving keynote addresses at national or international theatre conferences, conventions or festivals
- travel for the purpose of leading workshops or panel discussions, or giving keynote addresses at national and international conferences that are non-theatre in nature, and
- travel for theatre critics, professors and other theatre professionals who are full-time employees of a training institution and have access to travel budgets. Should funding not be available through those sources, they are eligible for travel support only to lead workshops or panel discussions or give keynote addresses at national and international theatre conferences, conventions or festivals.
Applicants should note that repeat appearances at the same event from year to year will be given lower priority.
The following activities are not eligible:
- travel to participate in annual general meetings of Canadian arts service organizations and associations
- travel by individuals who are executive or board members of national or international organizations to lead panel discussions and workshops or give keynote addresses at national or international conferences or conventions convened by these organizations.Grant Amount
You may apply for one of the following fixed amounts: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500, but the amounts of $2,000 and $2,500 are available only if you are travelling to or from northern Canada or to international destinations that are not in the United States or Europe. Grants contribute toward your travel costs, based on excursion fares.
These grants cannot be used for travel that occurs before the date that the application is submitted.
Robert Allen, Nancy Guertin or Bruce Sinclair
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 (Anne Ouimet, Program Assistant, ext 4487)