Visual Arts: Artists and Community Collaboration Program
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.
Your completed application and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
Please refer to the Program guidelines for detailed information.
The Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) awards project assistance grants to Canadian, non-profit organizations and collectives with a primary mandate in the contemporary visual arts.
Artists and community collaboration is an arts process that actively involves the work of professional artists and non-arts community members in creative and collaborative relationships. Activities and projects are joint undertakings in which the process of collaborating is equally important to the art created, and where there is shared decision-making and ownership of project results.
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
These grants are available to Canadian arts organizations and professional artists’ collectives or curatorial collectives. This program is not open to individual artists.
Canadian arts organizations
Organizations must be incorporated, non-profit with a primary mandate in the visual arts. Included are fine craft organizations, museums, public art galleries, exhibition centres, artist-run centres, university art departments, art colleges, fine craft colleges, service organizations and professional associations.
Professional artists’ collectives or curatorial collectives
Artists’ collectives must be composed of three or more artists who are professionally active in one of the fields supported by the Visual Arts Section. Curatorial collectives must be composed of three or more curators who are professionally engaged in the contemporary visual arts.
Each member of a collective must have a minimum of three years of professional practice in their field, following basic training. Each member must also be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when the collective applies.
Artists who participate in leading projects, including foreign artists, must be visual and fine craft artists who meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, that is someone 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 the artistic activity (if his or her financial situation allows that)
- has a history of public presentation in a professional context.
Grants contribute to the costs of the collaborative production of artworks or similar activities whereby members of the non-arts community are given direct access to artists’ working processes.
Grants awarded through this program will be a maximum of 75% of the total cost of a project.
While there are no minimum or maximum amounts that may be requested from this program, note that recent grants for project assistance have rarely been greater than $15,000.
Visual Arts Section
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, ext. 5268