Artists and Community Collaboration Program in Theatre
- 1 March (for projects taking place after 1 July)
- 15 September (for projects taking place after 1 January the following year)
The objective of the Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) is to support diverse artistic activities that bring together professional artists and the broader community in a creative and collaborative relationship. This program offers financial support to projects that connect professional artists with communities, in particular with youth. It is open to Canadian professional, non-profit theatre organizations and ad hoc groups of Canadian professional theatre artists. An “ad hoc group” refers to a group of professional artists formed for the specific purpose of creating a unique work.
Grants are intended as a contribution towards the specific costs of:
- a period of development, research or creation workshops geared towards a possible future production
- theatre production. (which may also include development).
Some projects may be entirely developmental in nature, with no production or public presentation of the work included as part of the project. Such proposals should demonstrate that the work being developed has a clearly articulated process.
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 a 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.
Core members of ad hoc groups must have been active as theatre professionals for a minimum of two years.
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 eligible to apply to this program as long as they are proposing projects not funded through operating assistance.
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
- 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 Artist and Community Collaboration Program application per deadline (includes companies presenting a season).
- 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.
- 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.
Applicants to the ACCP may apply for up to a maximum of $25,000 per year. Because of the high number of applications that may be received and the limited resources available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amounts requested.
Eligible expenses include:
- theatre artists' honoraria or fees
- the material costs of the production
- marketing and publicity costs
- administrative fees
- theatre and rehearsal space rental
- honoraria for community participants
- for research, development and/or creation workshop projects only, eligible expenses also include fees for creators (authors, composers, etc.) and facilitators while creating the work in question (script, score, etc.).
Retroactive funding is not available.
Application Form and Guidelines
Artists and Community Collaboration Program in Theatre (PDF Acrobat format)
This form can only be printed and cannot be filled out on-line.
Nancy Guertin, Bruce Sinclair or Robert Allen
(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. 4483 (Linda Nickolson, Assistant)
TTY : 1-866-585-5559