Support Organizations Component of Supporting Artistic Practice

By mmuise

The Support Organizations component of Supporting Artistic Practice provides grants to Canadian arts organizations that reinforce Canadian art practice through a range of targeted activities and services, including those that bolster the creative and professional capacities of artists working in all disciplines.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a grant of up to 60% of the applicant's total annual revenues, averaged over the last 3 years .

Deadline: January 21, 2026

Applicants must be:

  • support organizations and shared platforms;
  • artist-run centres;
  • magazines on the arts and literature;
  • agencies and management service organizations;
  • organizations that:
    a) presently receive core support from this component;
    If your organization is presently receiving core support from another component, you must contact your Program Officer to confirm your eligibility before you apply.
    b) have received 1 composite grant or 3 Canada Council project grants from the Canada Council in the last 5 years. This excludes grants from the following components and programs: Travel, Translation, Small-Scale Activities, Digital Strategy Fund, Leadership for Change: Grants for Organizational Development, Flying Squad, Visiting Foreign Artists;
    c) must be a registered or incorporated arts organization;
    d) work with a professional staff;
    e) have at least 5 years of continuous activities and services that support professional arts practice;
    f) have had total revenues exceeding $50 000 in each of the last 3 years (some exceptions may be considered).
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. register in the portal at least 30 days before applying; 2. provide information about their organization’s:

a) context and role within their artistic practice(s);

b) ongoing activities and services;

c) past cycle of funding (3 years) including highlights, challenges or knowledge gained upcoming plans (4 years);

d) commitment to reflecting the diversity of their geographic community or region and artistic practice(s);

e) membership/users/clients/collaborators;

f) criteria for access to their activities and fee structures, if applicable;

g) artists fees, distribution rights, royalties and safe working conditions, if applicable;

h) key partnerships, if any;

i) operations, including administrative structure, planning and financial health;

j) aims and objectives for their next funding cycle; and

k) CADAC data, including recent financial statements (excluding magazine publishers). 3. speak with a Canada Council Program Officer before submitting an application to this component for the first time.

Documentation Needed:

Applicant must submit:
1. samples related to their activities (workshops, tool kits for clients, etc.);
2. for magazine publishers – a financial summary (2 past, current and 3 future years) and a fee schedule for writers;
3. for agents and managers – a roster of represented artists, groups or organizations, with net and gross bookings;
4. for media arts distribution centres – previous works acquired and distributed;
5. for print magazine publishers – 8 copies of 4 magazine issues published during the last cycle (if submitting by mail, they must be postmarked on or before the deadline date);
6. for electronic magazine publishers – hyperlinks or PDF versions of 4 magazine issues published during the last cycle;
7. a translation of their application into French or English (must be submitted by the translation deadline date); and
8. reports, including the submission of CADAC data (if applicable) and financial statements.

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