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Grants to Quebec Nonprofits and Artist Cooperatives for Arts Productions, Festivals, and Events in Eligible Locations

Project Assistance for Organizations


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Funding Source
Conseil des arts de Montreal (CAM)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Quebec: Montreal;

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/23/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Quebec nonprofit organizations and artist cooperatives for arts productions, festivals, and events in eligible locations. This program supports the production, research, creation, implementation, and dissemination of professional artistic services and programs that improve the working conditions of artists. Assistance is provided for a specific artistic project which relates to the mandate of the cooperative or organization. The grant should also be used to strengthen and stabilize organizations, helping them develop support and mutual assistance networks. The activities must benefit the citizens of Montreal.

Qualifying disciplines are circus arts, street performance, visual arts, digital arts, cinema/video, dance, literature, non-traditional art practices, music, multidisciplinary, and theater. Funding is intended for programs that encourage the advancement of risk-taking, dissemination of art in all its forms to various audiences, and artistic practices. 

Eligible Types of Projects:

  • Research and/or creation/production
  • Specialized or multidisciplinary dissemination
  • Publication of cultural magazines
  • Production of an event or festival
  • A museum
  • Service organization, association, or alliance

For organizations with a double mandate:

  • Creation/production and dissemination
  • Creation/production and festivals/events
  • Dissemination and festivals/events
  • Dissemination and production support (visual arts, digital arts, film/video) 

Projects must align with the organization’s mandate. This includes the creation and production of a performance, experimentation and research on the components of a production, implementation of a season’s programs, creation of a festival, presentation of an exhibition, implementation of activities to support the development of the discipline, dissemination in public spaces, research-creation in visual and digital arts, collaboration between curators and artists, etc.

Accessibility: Accessibility costs refer to costs that certain individuals, particularly those who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability, must pay to take advantage, in the same way as others do, of the services and programs offered by an institution to create, produce or disseminate their art. Reimbursement of part of these costs by the Conseil des arts de Montréal may offset the financial disadvantage.  

For more information about accessibility costs, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Status and conditions:
- Be a non-profit organization or an artists’ cooperative that pays no dividends
- Be headquartered on the Island of Montréal
- Have a board of directors whose members are mainly Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- Have a main mandate to carry out research, creative, production, and dissemination activities in the arts or have the mandate to bring together and represent artists and/or cultural workers in a discipline or multidisciplinary sector

Applying organization must:
- Possess a level of recognized and demonstrable competence
- Be managed by qualified individuals
- Have stable artistic and/or general leadership
- Have presented activities of a recognized artistic quality
- Bring together, represent, or employ professional artists and/or cultural workers

Ineligible applicants:
- Organizations that do not meet the general eligibility requirements
- Organizations incorporated as general or limited partnerships
- Organizations that have already submitted an application during the financial year (the first submission of the year being that of end of November)
- Organizations that receive operations support from the Conseil’s General Funding Program
- Individual artists
- Artists’ collectives
- Cultural magazines with less than one year of publication activity to their credit, or that produce fewer than three issues a year, or that distribute free of charge
- Public or para-public organizations representing governments or municipal corporations
- Organizations dedicated to teaching, education, and professional training
- In specific cases, a broadcasting organization that receives support or a mandate from the City of Montreal for its broadcasting activities.

Ineligible projects:
- Projects completed before receiving the Conseil’s decision (approximately eight to ten weeks following the application deadline)
- Sound recording projects (albums, CDs, demos, etc.) of a promotional or commercial nature
- Projects whose main focus is cultural mediation
- Projects specifically related to film or web film production
- Projects that are essentially promotional, including video clips
- Projects intended primarily for training, internships, or masterclasses
- National or international showcase or prospection projects
- Capital projects or projects to acquire specialized equipment
- Projects related to activities of a trade union character

Ineligible activity sectors:
- Organizations working exclusively in variety arts or comedy
- Organizations or cooperatives working exclusively in cultural mediation

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information sessions will be held as follows:
October 12 11:00 -12:00
October 16 13:30 -14:30
October 24 14:00 -13:00
November 1 15:30 - 16:30
November 10 11:30 - 12:30

Information session registration:

Pre-Application Information
For this program, three calls for applications per year are planned.
- November 23, 2023
- March 2024 (exact dates coming soon)
- End of August 2024 (exact dates coming soon)

Please note that applicants have until 5:00 p.m. to submit their application on the deadline date. It will take eight to ten weeks from the date of the application for the Conseil to process it and reach a decision. The Conseil’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

The organization or cooperative’s designated representative (administration, management) or the person appointed by the Board of Directors should submit the application.

- An organization may only submit only one application for project assistance per financial year of the Conseil.
- Applicants who are eligible for creation-production grants can submit an application for the research-creation phase and submit a new application another year for the production-presentation phase.

How to Apply:

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding cannot exceed 75% of the overall budget.

Term of Contract
- This is a one-time, non-recurring grant. The project must be completed on the dates set out in the application.
- IMPORTANT: the project must not be completed before February 20, 2023.
- The project may begin before the application is submitted but must not be completed before receiving a decision from the Conseil. Timelines must be met.
- In the event that the funded project cannot be carried out in the planned financial year, the organization must notify the Conseil as soon as possible.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For technical assistance, please contact:

To contact staff for further information, please see the list of Cultural Advisors by discipline on the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Conseil des arts de Montreal
1210 Sherbrooke Street East
Montreal (Quebec) H2L 1L9

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