In response to the current pandemic, we have established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting travel-related activities, despite the reopening of suspended components. There may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part. As a result, the contents of this page may not be up to date. Please consult our COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector web page for details.
Connecting Canadian audiences and artists
Arts Across Canada fosters meaningful relationships and exchanges between artists and the Canadian public.
Artists, arts professionals, groups and arts organizations can apply to present and share artistic work with diverse communities across the country, engage more deeply with the public and develop a stronger national profile.
Festivals and other presenters can apply to highlight the work of Canadian and international artists, and contribute to the growing dialogue and exchange on the arts in Canada.
The Canada Council for the Arts expects this program to achieve the following outcomes:
- Canadian artists disseminate their work to communities across Canada
- A diverse array of activities link artists with the Canadian public
- Strategic approaches and initiatives develop Canadian markets for artists and arts professionals
Project grants for artists, arts professionals, groups and organizations to travel within Canada to network, collaborate and build national profile
Representation and Promotion
Project grants for organizations that represent artists to travel to develop markets and promote work within Canada
The Translation component of Arts Across Canada funds activities linked to the translation of Canadian literary works or dramatic works into French, English, an Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) language, American Sign Language (ASL), Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), or any other regional Canadian or Indigenous sign language for Canadian publication or presentation. In case of sign language translation, sign language should be the language or one of the languages of performance.
Circulation and Touring
Project grants for Canadian artists, groups and organizations to circulate exhibitions and tour in Canada
Foreign Artist Tours
Project grants for Canadian arts organizations to host tours of foreign artists in Canada
Project or composite grants to support activities that contribute to public appreciation of the arts in Canada
Arts Festivals and Presenters
Core grants to support Canadian organizations that strengthen artistic practice through the presentation and exhibition of Canadian and international work
The Canada Council is committed to equity and inclusion, and encourages applications from culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority artists, groups and organizations. The Canada Council recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of this land and encourages applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations in all its programs. Measures are in place in all programs to support these commitments.
Canada Council grants making a difference
Artists, groups and organizations engage in a breadth of activities – both intimate and large-scale – funded by the Canada Council. Discover some of their stories.