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Strategic Innovation Fund: Grow Grants (Canada Council for the Arts)

Grow Grants provide multi-year support for a limited number of longer-term, collaborative initiatives that propose sustainable solutions to issues within and beyond the arts sector and demonstrate strong potential to be scaled up for regional, national, or international impact. 

Grow provides large-scale support for existing innovation projects that have already been successfully developed, tested, prototyped and/or piloted.  Projects must address systemic issues in the arts sector and propose sustainable solutions to sectoral or cross-sectoral issues to help rebuild a more resilient, sustainable, equitable, accessible, greener, healthier, and connected arts sector. 

Looking for other innovation opportunities? Explore all the funding components of the Strategic Innovation Fund.

Deadline: April 13, 2022″

For more information, please visit:

-source: Canada Council for the Arts

Fonds d’innovation stratĂ©gique : subventions pour AccroĂ®tre (Conseil des arts du Canada)

“Les subventions pour AccroĂ®tre du Fonds d’innovation stratĂ©gique fournissent un soutien pluriannuel de quelques initiatives collaboratives Ă  long terme, qui proposent des solutions durables Ă  des enjeux sectoriels ou transsectoriels, et qui dĂ©montrent un grand potentiel de dĂ©ploiement et de retombĂ©es Ă  l’échelle rĂ©gionale, nationale ou internationale.

Cette composante vise Ă  fournir un soutien majeur Ă  des projets d’innovation qui existent dĂ©jĂ  et qui se sont avĂ©rĂ©s rĂ©ussis durant les phases de dĂ©veloppement, de tests, de prototypage ou de mise Ă  l’essai. Les projets doivent traiter d’enjeux systĂ©miques touchant le secteur artistique et proposer des solutions Ă  des problèmes sectoriels ou intersectoriels qui sont pĂ©rennes et qui favorisent la reconstruction d’un milieu plus rĂ©silient, durable, Ă©quitable, accessible, Ă©cologique, sain et connectĂ©. 

Vous cherchez d’autres options? Explorez toutes nos composantes de financement dans le cadre du Fonds d’innovation stratĂ©gique.”

La date limite : 13 avril 2022

Pour en savoir plus:

-source : Conseil des arts du Canada

Open Call for Participatory Creative Music Projects

“The Canadian New Music Network is excited to call for Participatory Creative Music Projects to be hosted on the online Participatory Creative Music Hub. Successful applicants will be provided funding for documentation of an existing project.

Amount of grant: $800.00

Application deadline: February 20, 2022

Deadline for submission of documentation via online upload form for selected projects: April 23, 2022

What is Participatory Creative Music? 

At CNMN, Participatory Creative Music is a multitude of approaches to creating music in which everyone involved, regardless of their prior experience in making music, has active input in the creative process. Authorship and decision-making is shared to greater or lesser degrees, depending on context.

For more information and clarification, see Keyword Definitions.

What is the Participatory Creative Music Hub?

The Hub showcases people from all walks of life creating music together. Whatever you call it – participatory creative music, community music, jamming, co-composition, improvisation, music exploration, listening games or having fun with sound – The Hub celebrates music creativity for everyone. 

The main criteria for projects is that all participants have active input in the creative process, whether they are 4, 40 or 94 years of age, an experienced musician or making music for the first time. Projects must take COVID-19 measures into account. Projects in remote and isolated areas are very encouraged.

What is an eligible project?

An eligible project is a participatory creative music activity already occurring in the community, whether on-going or completed. Projects may take place in the fields of health care, education, social services, prisons and more. 

This year’s call will prioritize projects related to health.

See the Project page for examples of Hub projects. 

See Keyword Definitions for terminology.


The purpose of this grant is to support documentation of an existing PCM project to provide inspiration and tools for user groups of the Hub to make their own music. It is crucial that documentation is instructional in nature, rather than promotional. Links to biographical information via a CNMN member page and external links are possible on the project webpage.

Participatory music takes place in all kinds of settings with all kinds of people. Documentation can reflect this, and doesn’t have to be of studio-quality audio or video where that is not possible or appropriate. Sometimes a video capture from your cell phone or screen capture from zoom speaks volumes. Documentation should best reflect the nature of the project, communicate well on an on-line platform and assume varying levels of music training.”

For more information and submission details, please visit:

-from Canadian New Music Network

Project Grant: Black Arts Projects Program (Toronto Arts Council)

“The Black Arts Projects Program supports arts projects by Black artists, Black artist collectives, and Black-led, Black-focused and Black-serving organizations. For the purpose of this program, “Black” refers to African descendant people across the diaspora including but not limited to African Canadian, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, East African, West African, Southern and Central African, Afro-Arab, Afro-Indigenous, etc. This funding program is intended to support the development, continuation, and flourishing of Black arts communities.

What does this program support?

The Black Arts Projects Program provides support to individual artists, artist collectives of 2 or more Black artists working on a non-profit basis and incorporated non-profit Toronto Black arts organizations.  

TAC recognizes the need to respond to barriers that Black arts communities face due to anti-Black racism. The program is designed to increase access to, awareness of, and participation in Toronto Arts Council funding by Black artists, while amplifying the work of Black artists in the city and creating avenues for sustainable art practice.

This program is multidisciplinary and recognizes a diversity of art practice, including new and emerging art forms, culturally relevant art practices, and multi/ interdisciplinary arts projects. Applicants can apply for projects that engage one or multiple arts disciplines.”

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-from Toronto Arts Council

First Peoples’ Cultural Council Funding Opportunities

“FPCC Grant funding supports our communities to revitalize their Indigenous languages, arts and cultural heritage in B.C. Current funding opportunities are available here:

“The Community Arts Infrastructure program supports Indigenous arts organizations and unincorporated arts collectives to develop Indigenous workspaces and workshops in order to share artistic skills and knowledge.” For more information:

“The Organizations and Collectives grant helps to build administrative capacity and sustainability for the organization or helps to advance the work of Indigenous artists.” For more information:

“The Indigenous Art Scholarship supports the development of First Nations, MĂ©tis, and Inuit artists and arts practitioners residing in B.C. with funding for education or mentorship. ” For more information:

-from First Peoples’ Cultural Council

ArtReach’s 2021 Granting Program is Now Open!

ArtReach’s funding program is designed to support youth arts initiatives in Toronto that foster the engagement of youth 13-29 and provide high quality arts opportunities. $300,000 in grants are available each year to support youth arts projects, thanks to our partnership with the Toronto Arts Council (click here to learn more about this partnership!)

ArtReach grants aim to support innovative youth arts projects that may not be supported elsewhere. ArtReach is about access, reducing barriers, and increasing opportunities for youth, individual artists, and organizations/ collectives to create or continue quality arts projects and programming.

ArtReach runs one annual granting round, with applications opening December 1st, and due February 1st at 11:59pm each year.

For more information and how to apply, please visit:

-from ArtReach

CUE 2020 Grant Cycle is Open

“Apply for a $1000 grant to produce an art project in any discipline.

Grants are for artists who are new-generation artists living and working on the margins, and facing systemic barriers to accessing professional arts opportunities.

CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins. Throughout history, some of the most innovative artwork has been created by artists who experience marginalization and face systemic barriers, and who have been excluded by conventional arts and cultural institutions. We recognize that arts funding agencies have often not adapted to growing social, cultural, and economic inequality.

In response, CUE has designed an accessible funding program offering not only financial support for art projects, but also consultation in preparing project proposals, support throughout the production process, and opportunities for public exhibition”

For more information, please visit:

-from CUE

Indigenous Arts Program Grants (First Peoples’ Cultural Council)

FPCC Arts Program deadlines have been extended to October 6, 2020!

Select grants in the Indigenous Arts Program and the Indigenous Music Initiative are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 intake from Indigenous residents and organizations in B.C.

The Fall 2020 intake includes the following:

The Indigenous Arts Program (IAP)

The Indigenous Music Initiative (IMI)

For more information, please visit:

-from First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects (Ontario Arts Council)

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects

Until this program opens in Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system, program information may change. This includes deadline dates and specific information on eligibility. Be sure to visit this page after the program opens in Nova, but before starting your application.


The program supports Ontario-based artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability, and ad hoc groups, collectives and arts organizations mandated to serve and led by artists or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. There are three categories:

  • Creation: to help cover the costs of research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work
  • Production: to help cover the costs of production and/or the creation of art works
  • Professional development: to help cover the costs of study or training; mentorship; internship or apprenticeship; and/or documentation of artwork

Deadline dates

October 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

  • Applications are available in Nova approximately three months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.
  • If you require application support to complete your application, please make your request at least six weeks before the program deadline.”

-from Ontario Arts Council

Arts Response Initiative / Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts (Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario)

“The $1.6M Arts Response Initiative is an investment in the diversity and vitality of the arts across Ontario. The one-time initiative supports individual artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and arts organizations to carry out their activities in an environment of change. This initiative encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future. 
To develop the Arts Response Initiative, OAC held consultations and roundtables with artists and arts organizations across Ontario. These conversations made it clear that COVID-19 is having an acute impact on the arts sector, affecting everyone both professionally and personally. We also heard that the impacts of the pandemic are being experienced unevenly across communities and regions in the province, exacerbating existing inequities. As a result, projects that support OAC priority groups, including Black and Indigenous artists, will be given particular consideration. For the arts to move forward and grow more resilient, we must ensure that all communities are included. 
The funds for this initiative come from OAC’s annual base budget, temporarily redirected from programs that support activities limited by travel and in-person gathering restrictions. Specifically, Market Development Travel Assistance and Market Development Projects programs have been suspended for 2020, as well as Chalmers Arts Fellowships (a private endowment managed by OAC). A percentage of the Touring Projects budget is also being used. 
The Arts Response Initiative is one of the ways that OAC is addressing the challenges faced by the arts community in the context of COVID-19. Prior to this initiative, OAC took a number of other steps to support grant applicants and recipients (see COVID-19 – OAC activity updates). OAC’s project programs continue to support creation, production, presentation, dissemination and artistic activities that engage communities and schools, many with adjusted eligibility to recognize how artists and arts organizations are responding and adapting to the current context.” 

Initiative de réponse du milieu des arts

“L’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts de 1,6 million de dollars est un investissement dans la diversitĂ© et la vitalitĂ© des arts en Ontario. Cette initiative ponctuelle aide les artistes, les groupes ad hoc, les collectifs et les organismes artistiques Ă  exercer leurs activitĂ©s dans un environnement en mutation. Elle encourage l’exploration, l’adaptation et le dĂ©veloppement de nouvelles mĂ©thodes de travail qui augmenteront l’inclusivitĂ© et la rĂ©silience du secteur des arts de l’Ontario aujourd’hui et Ă  l’avenir.

Pour dĂ©velopper l’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts, le CAO a organisĂ© des consultations et des tables rondes avec des artistes et des organismes artistiques de la province entière. Ces conversations ont montrĂ© clairement que la COVID-19 a un impact profond sur le secteur des arts et qu’elle touche tout le monde, sur le plan professionnel comme sur le plan personnel. Nous avons Ă©galement appris que les rĂ©percussions de la pandĂ©mie sont ressenties de manière inĂ©gale dans diffĂ©rentes communautĂ©s et rĂ©gions de la province, ce qui exacerbe les inĂ©galitĂ©s existantes. Par consĂ©quent, les projets qui soutiennent les groupes prioritaires du CAO, notamment les artistes noirs et autochtones, bĂ©nĂ©ficieront d’une attention particulière. Pour que les arts puissent progresser et devenir plus rĂ©silients, nous devons veiller Ă  inclure toutes les communautĂ©s.

Cette initiative est financée par le budget de base annuel du CAO. Les fonds qui lui sont affectés proviennent provisoirement de programmes qui soutiennent des activités limitées par les restrictions en matière de déplacements et de rassemblements en personne. Il s’agit notamment des programmes Développement des marchés – aide au déplacement, Développement des marchés – projets, et Bourses Chalmers de recherche artistique (une dotation privée gérée par le CAO). Un pourcentage du programme Tournées – projets est également utilisé.

L’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts est l’une des mesures prises par le CAO pour contrer les problèmes auxquels le milieu artistique doit faire face dans le contexte de la COVID-19. Avant le lancement de cette initiative, le CAO avait dĂ©jĂ  pris d’autres mesures pour soutenir les candidats et les bĂ©nĂ©ficiaires de subventions (voir COVID-19 – Le point sur les activitĂ©s du CAO). Les programmes de projets du CAO continuent Ă  subventionner les activitĂ©s de crĂ©ation, de production et de diffusion ainsi que les activitĂ©s artistiques interactives dans les communautĂ©s et les Ă©coles. Bon nombre de ces programmes et activitĂ©s bĂ©nĂ©ficient de critères d’admissibilitĂ© modifiĂ©s qui tiennent compte de la façon dont les artistes et les organismes artistiques rĂ©agissent et s’adaptent au contexte actuel.”

-source : Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Digital Originals: Micro innovation grants / Connexion création: Microsubventions pour l’innovation

“Countless artistic activities have been cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19, but countless creations have also reached an impressive online audience.

The Canada Council and CBC/Radio-Canada’s Digital Originals initiative supports and amplifies this new, strong, and innovative online relationship between audiences and artists from Canada.

What is the Digital Originals initiative?

Digital Originals is a new initiative to help artists, arts groups, and organizations pivot their work for online sharing.

Artists, groups or organizations can either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Originals offers a $5,000 micro innovation grant from the Canada Council.

Funded projects will be housed on a dedicated CBC/Radio-Canada website. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada will feature selected projects for showcase on at least one of its digital CBC/Radio-Canada platforms.

Selected projects for the curated CBC-Radio/Canada showcase will receive a supplemental amount of $1000.

With the sponsorship of the RBC Foundation, as part of their ongoing activities to support youth in Canada, $150,000 in Digital Originals funding is available for new and early career artists.”

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Connexion création: Microsubventions pour l’innovation

“Si d’innombrables activitĂ©s artistiques ont Ă©tĂ© annulĂ©es ou reportĂ©es en raison de la COVID-19, une multitude de crĂ©ations ont aussi Ă©tĂ© diffusĂ©es en ligne auprès d’un public grandissant.

L’initiative Connexion création appuie et amplifie cette nouvelle relation entre le public et les artistes du Canada, une relation solide et novatrice.

L’initiative Connexion crĂ©ation : qu’est-ce que c’est?

Connexion création est une nouvelle initiative qui aide les artistes, les groupes et les organismes artistiques à orienter leurs œuvres vers le partage en ligne.

Les artistes, groupes et organismes peuvent soit adapter des œuvres existantes, soit créer de nouvelles œuvres pour les diffuser de façon numérique au public canadien durant la pandémie de la COVID-19.

Connexion crĂ©ation offre des microsubventions pour l’innovation de 5 000 $, versĂ©es par le Conseil des arts du Canada.

Les projets financés seront hébergés sur un site web de CBC/Radio-Canada prévu à cet effet. De plus, CBC/Radio-Canada sélectionnera des projets qui seront mis en vedette dans au moins une de ses plateformes numériques.

Les candidats dont les projets ont Ă©tĂ© retenus pour cette prĂ©sentation spĂ©ciale de CBC/Radio-Canada recevront une somme supplĂ©mentaire de 1 000 $.

Grâce Ă  une commandite de la Fondation RBC, offerte dans le cadre de ses efforts soutenus pour appuyer la jeunesse canadienne, 150 000 $ de plus seront offerts sous forme de subventions aux nouveaux artistes et aux artistes en dĂ©but de carrière.”

Pour en savoir plus:

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada