Public Outreach: Project Grants and Composite Grants Component of Arts Across Canada

By mmuise

The Public Outreach component of Arts Across Canada provides grants to support activities of Canadian groups and organizations, as well as professionals in architecture, that contribute to the public appreciation and enjoyment of the arts. Grants fund a wide range of live events, publications and other initiatives that build connections between artists and diverse audiences.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a grant of up to:
- $30,000, exceptionally up to $100,000 per year for project requests; and
- $30,000, exceptionally up to $100,000 per year for composite requests (to a maximum of $300,000 for 3 years).

Application Assistance funding is available for persons who are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:
- an artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness;
- a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.

Deadline: Project grants 27 March 2024 21 August 2024 Composite grants 27 March 2024

Applicants must be:

  • artistic groups and collectives;
  • artistic organizations;
  • support groups, organizations and shared platforms;
  • national arts service organizations;
  • festivals, presenters and touring networks;
  • book and magazine publishers;
  • architects, architectural professionals, groups, collectives and firms.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. register in the portal at least 30 days before applying; 2. speak with a Canada Council Program Officer at least two weeks prior to the deadline before submitting an application to this component for the first time;

3. provide information about their organization’s:

a) project and its potential impact;

b) relevant past experience, if any;

c) intended public;

d) marketing and outreach strategies;

e) partners involved, if any; f) artist fees and safe working conditions, if applicable;

g) timeline; and

h) budget.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. samples of the work or relevant past activities, if any; 2. executive summaries or recommendations from relevant reports (market analysis, strategic plans, etc.), if any;
3. a final report within three months after its completion.

Other Things to Note:

Application limits – each year (1 March – 28/29 February), one can apply to this component twice, but only one request can be accepted for a composite grant.

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