*New* Requests up to $50,000 can apply anytime to all Digital Strategy Fund components.
Is the Digital Strategy Fund right for you?
Do you have a digital initiative in mind for strategic, collaborative work that will have a broad impact on the arts sector or at the community level?
If you answered yes, the Digital Strategy Fund might be for you! Read more about the fund below.
Looking for support to create or disseminate art on a digital platform?
The Digital Strategy Fund is not for you—but you might want to check out our Digital Originals initiative.
Stimulate the digital transformation of the arts sector in Canada
The Digital Strategy Fund grants are for strategic initiatives that will help Canadian artists, groups, and arts organizations understand the digital world, engage with it, and respond to the cultural and social changes it produces.
The Canada Council encourages initiatives that share the values and principles of the digital world, including:
- a focus on collaboration, partnership, and networking;
- open-mindedness and willingness to share knowledge, results, ideas, and lessons learned;
- experimentation, risk-taking, and iterative development.
Between 2017 and 2021, the Canada Council will invest $88.5M through this Fund.
In response to COVID-19’s impact on the arts, from April to July 31, 2020, the Digital Strategy Fund is inviting eligible applicants to submit proposals for short term activities that will:
- implement digital solutions as a strategic response to the COVID-19 crisis;
- demonstrate concrete and immediate benefits to the arts community;
- show elements of openness and potential for growth as a long-term strategy
Applicants can apply anytime until July 31, 2020 for requests up to $50,000 for single-phase initiatives. For these requests, applications will be evaluated internally through a streamlined assessment process designed for quick turnaround.
Please see guidelines for details.
Digital Literacy and Intelligence
Project grants to support the arts sector in building digital knowledge, skills and capacity. It supports Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in their efforts to respond more effectively to the challenges, issues and opportunities of the digital era, develop and broaden their strategic digital thinking, and strengthen their ability to translate that thinking into sustainable, concrete actions.
Public Access to the Arts and Citizen Engagement
Project grants to support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations to improve the public’s access, engagement and participation in the arts through digital means. It supports innovative digital initiatives that enhance the artistic experience of diverse publics, encourage the participation and engagement of citizens with the art, and increase discoverability and access to the works of Canadian artists, both at home and abroad.
Transformation of Organizational Models
Project grants to support the exploration, development, implementation or optimization of existing digital initiatives in order to help arts organizations transform the way they work in order to address challenges, seize opportunities and adapt to a networked and connected environment.
Get even more insight into the Digital Strategy Fund
You may have only just started your digital journey, and you’re unsure where to go next. Or you may have a digital opportunity or challenge in mind that you want to explore further.
Your digital initiative can have a long-lasting impact when you enable your community to build their digital capacity out of your work. What’s the best way to do that?
The digital world is full of new and exciting opportunities—but with all of these opportunities comes a lot of decision making. How will you and your collaborators know how to make a decision with your digital challenge or opportunity?
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Digital transformation is happening so quickly that many find themselves at the beginning of mastering a digital vocabulary and mindset (aka digital literacy). Some feel they don’t even know what they don’t know.
Get Application Advice
In the fall of 2018, we hosted a two-part series of Facebook Live Information Sessions dedicated to guiding you through the Fund’s program components, guidelines and evaluation criteria. Program officers for the Digital Strategy Fund, Rémi Lortie and Alea Cardarelli, also answered some frequently asked questions. Watch now to get pointers on your next application!
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.