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Arts Across Canada - Foreign Artist Tours

Grants to Canada Nonprofits to Facilitate Tours
by International Artists and Traveling Exhibitions

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Canada Council for the Arts

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Canada nonprofit arts organizations to host touring artists and exhibitions from around the world. Applicants must be registered in the online grants portal at least 30 days prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to provide the general public with new experiences in the arts.

This program provides support for projects involving the circulation or touring of work by international artists, groups or organizations with at least two consecutive performances, presentations or exhibitions to two different cities, towns, rural communities or reserves in Canada. 

Eligible Expenses: 

  • Travel costs within Canada, including:
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation and per diem 
  • Additional shipping or baggage costs directly related to your activity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177918

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $75,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:
-Artistic organizations
-Festivals, presenters and touring networks

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 can’t 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:

Deadlines: May 1, 2019, December 11, 2019
Notifications: September 2019, April 2020

You are encouraged to speak with a Canada Council Program Officer at least two weeks prior to the deadline before submitting an application to this component for the first time.

Create an account and submit one or more profile(s) for validation at least 30 days before you want to apply.

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

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