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Arts Abroad - Residencies

Grants to Canada Artists, Arts Professionals, and
Organizations for International Arts Residencies

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Canada artists, curators, arts professionals, groups, collectives, and artistic organizations to take advantage of international residency opportunities. Applicants must register online at least 30 days prior to the deadline. First-time applicants are encouraged to speak with a program officer before submitting an application. Funding is intended to support artistic growth, creative reflection and professional development within the context of an international residency.

You must be invited or selected by an international organization to participate in a residency of at least 1 week to a maximum of 6 months. You can apply to:

- Advance artistic practice
- Create work
- Develop artistic networks
- Promote cultural exchange

Eligible Expenses:
- Transportation costs
- Accommodation
- Subsistence or per diem
- Direct costs related to the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177983

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

The residency must be at least one week to a maximum of six months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:
- Artists and curators
- Arts professionals
- Artistic groups and collectives
- Artistic organizations

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 for exceptional projects that extend beyond regular activities. You are responsible for demonstrating the exceptional nature of your project.

If your application is for self-directed residencies, you must instead apply to the Explore and Create: Research and Creation component.

You can’t apply for activities that occur before your departure date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

The following activities are not eligible for grants from the Canada Council:
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may be submitted at any time before the start date of your project.

Notification of results:
- May 2, 2018 deadline for notification by September 2018
- September 5, 2018 deadline for notification by January 2019
- December 12, 2018 deadline for notification by April 2019

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. For more information:

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.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through the grants portal:

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

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

Tel.: 613 566-4414

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