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Arts Abroad - Translation

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Theater
Organizations and Publishers to Translate Canadian Works

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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International theater organizations and book publishers for the translation of Canadian dramatic or literary works for international publication or presentation. Applicants must be registered in the online portal at least 30 days prior to applying.

Eligible Activities:
- Translation of Canadian-authored literary work into a foreign language and related promotional activities
- Translation and surtitling of Canadian-authored dramatic work into another language for foreign presentation

Amounts you can request:

Costs related to translation and surtitling, based on the standard translation rates in effect in your country
- Literature projects: Costs may be up to 50% of the translator’s fee.
- Theater projects: Applicants should propose the total anticipated costs for translation of scripts or surtitles.

In addition, for literary translations, promotional expenses for the translated book:
- Eligible promotional expenses are ads, posters and bookmarks, publicist fees, promotional items and special events to promote the translated title.
- Standard promotional costs such as catalogues, newsletter listings and web pages are not eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177981

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to $20,000 for each translation. You can receive grants for up to 2 translations per year (March 1 – February 28/29).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:
- International literary publishers and theater organizations
- Theater and multidisciplinary groups and collectives
- Theater companies and dramaturgical organizations
- Multidisciplinary organizations

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

Theater organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply to this component. Other organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants cannot apply.

You can’t apply for activities that occur before you submit your application, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities:

Pre-Application Information:

You may apply at any time before you complete the translation.

Notification of results – applications received by:
- 17 October 2018 will receive results in February 2019
- 16 January 2019 will receive results in April 2019
- 19 June 2019 will receive results in September 2019
- 23 October 2019 will receive results in January 2020
- 15 January 2020 will receive results in April 2020

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.

Payment will be provided upon the completion and submission of a final copy of the translated work to the Canada Council.


Application FAQs:

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.

Application Portal:

Arts Abroad Program Officer:
1-800-263-5588, ext. 4074

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin St
P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, ON Canada
K1P 5V8

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