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Arts Across Canada - Circulation and Touring

Grants to Canada Artists, Arts Professionals, and Arts
Organizations for Touring Performances and Exhibitions

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Canada Council for the Arts

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Grants to Canada individual artists, curators, artistic groups, and arts organizations for the exhibition and presentation of works and performances by Canadian artists. Applicants must be registered in the online grants portal at least 30 days prior to applying. The purpose of this award is to build national exposure and reach Canadian audiences.

Destinations must be at least 250 kilometers from your place of departure for:
-The circulation or touring of artists, exhibitions or artistic works to 3 or more consecutive Canadian destinations (art exhibitions must include at least 2 destinations outside your home province)
-Cross-border Canada/United States tours with the majority of events in Canada
-Self-presentation and/or circulation and touring to fewer than 3 consecutive Canadian destinations, if you provide a strong market development rationale or outreach strategy

Funding may be used for direct costs related to the activity, including:
-Artists’ fees
-Accommodation and per diem
-Additional shipping or baggage costs directly related to the activity
-Touring production and exhibition expenses (excluding engagements at the National Arts Centre)
-Promotion and project management
-Pre-tour artists’ fees and production expenses for remounting existing work (for performing arts only)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177917

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $200,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:
-Artists and curators
-Artistic groups and collectives
-Artistic organizations
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists, groups, collectives and not-for-profit organizations
-Media arts distribution centers and festivals

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply to this component.

You may apply for activities that occur before the deadline date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

General List of Ineligible Activities:
-Activities proposed by someone under 18 years old
-Activities that are illegal according to the Criminal Code of Canada
-Artistic activities that are led by non-professionals
-Activities that are carried out to satisfy the course requirements of an educational institution
-Activities that directly support the delivery of an educational program or course
-Activities that are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (unless applying to a component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples)
-Self-publishing or author-subsidized publishing of literary works (unless applying to a component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples)
-Activities carried out by organizations that have not paid, or do not pay, fees or royalties to artists according the standards of the arts practice or sector
-Fundraising activities
-Capital expenditures, unless explicitly eligible
-Contests and competitions (including prizes and awards)
-Contributions to endowment funds

General List of Ineligible Activities:

Pre-Application Information:

Grants generally cover up to 50% of eligible costs.

If you have not already done so, you must register in the portal at least 30 days before you want to apply.

You are encouraged to speak with a Canada Council Program Officer before submitting an application to this component for the first time.

-December 12, 2018

Notification of results is usually issued within 3 months of the deadline date.

Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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1-800-263-5588, ext. 4039

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon