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Explore and Create - Concept to Realization

Grants to Canada Artists, Artistic Groups, and Visual
Arts Publishers to Create and Present Arts Projects

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Canada Council for the Arts

Deadline Date:

10/02/19 - Cut-off date for Project requests only.


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Grants to Canada artists, artistic organizations and collectives, and visual arts publishers to create and present artistic projects. Applicants must create an account in the online grants portal at least 30 days prior to applying. Funding may be used for all aspects of the creative process, including artistic research, creation, project development, remounts, production post-production, and presentation. Eligible expenses include direct costs related to the activities, including subsistence and lead creator fees.

This component awards:

  • Project grants for single activities
  • Composite grants that encompass several activities during the same time period.

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.

Applicants can apply for support for creative research, project development, creation and production that result in:

  • Public presentation
  • Publication (self-publishing and author-subsidized publishing of literary works are not eligible)
  • Exhibition
  • Media arts and digital arts productions ready for dissemination
  • Artist books and self-publishing practices (for visual arts publishers only)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186644

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts:

- Project requests – up to $60 000, exceptionally up to $100 000 (see below)
- Composite requests – up to $60 000 per year, exceptionally up to $100 000 (see below) (to a maximum of $300,000 over 3 years)

Most grants are no more than $60 000 (or $60,000 per year for composite grants). Higher amounts may be considered for activities that have elevated costs due to the duration of the project, number of people involved, and/or technical or other requirements related to the artistic practice.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:

- Artists
- Artistic groups and collectives
- Artistic organizations
- Visual arts publishers

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

To be eligible for a composite grant, you must have received at least 2 Canada Council project grants in the last 5 years. This excludes grants from the following components and programs: Professional Development, Small-Scale Activities, Travel, Representation and Promotion, Digital Strategy Fund, Leadership for Change: Grants to Organizational Development, Flying Squad, and Visiting Foreign Artists.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants cannot apply to this component.

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

Pre-Application Information:


Concept to Realization - Project Any time before the start of your project

Cut-off dates:
12 September 2018
3 April 2019
2 October 2019

Notification of results:
February 2019
July 2019
February 2020

Concept to Realization - Composite:
- Deadline: 17 April 2019
- Notification of results: July 2019

If you have not already done so, you must register in the portal at least 30 days before you want to apply.

Application limits:

- You can apply to this component twice per year (1 March – 28/29 February), but only 1 request can be for a composite grant
- For project requests – each year (1 March – 28/29 February) you can receive grants totaling a maximum of $100,000
- You cannot hold more than 1 composite grant from Concept to Realization at a time.

For individuals only: you may be considered for prizes based on information submitted with your application and your applicant profile. If you do not want to be considered for prizes, email prizes@canadacouncil.cawith OPT OUT in the subject line.

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Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4031

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