Canada Council for the Arts – Project Grant
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
Program Description
Project Grants provide support for research, professional development, production, networking and career development activities for Canadian, professional artists and curators (for research only) making a contribution to contemporary fine craft. The project must be significant and advance the long-term artistic and/or career development of the applicant at a key moment in their career. There are three components to the project grants, as follows:

  • Research/Professional Development: This component allows for a period of independent research at a key moment in the artistic practice of the applicant. The project must demonstrate the capacity to advance the artistic practice of the artist. The grant also supports critics and curators in the research of editorial or curatorial work leading to the production of articles, books and exhibitions in the field of contemporary Canadian craft.
  • Production: This component supports production costs of one or more works where there is at least one confirmed exhibition of the work(s) in a professional context. Production support is also available to assist fine craft artists in the development and fabrication of one or several production-line prototypes. The project must demonstrate the capacity to advance the career of the artist.
  • Career Development: This component supports the development of an artist’s career through development activities and/or the growth of a professional network with partners such as critics, curators or art dealers. This can be done in conjunction with the development of tools such as websites, portfolios and small monographs. The applicant must demonstrate that the project occurs in a key period with regard to its impact on the progression of his or her career.

Applicants may apply to only ONE of the above project grant types per deadline.


General Eligibility Criteria

To apply to this program, you must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic discipline)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially.

To meet the definition of a professional contemporary fine craft artist or curator, you must also have:

  • produced an independent body of work
  • maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years
  • had at least three public exhibitions of work in a professional context over a three year period (for artists)
  • at least three publications to your credit (for critics)
  • produced at least three exhibitions or publications (for curators).

Specific Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the general eligibility criteria described above, you must have one confirmed exhibition in a professional context.
Career Development
In addition to the general eligibility criteria described above, you must provide a detailed work plan and confirmed activities, such as a professional meeting, an exhibition, public presentation or a publication.

Grant Amount

The maximum grant amount that you can receive is $20,000.

Further Information

José Niaison
Visual Arts Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON  K1P 5V8
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5269
TTY: 1-866-585-5559