Government of Canada - Department of Canadian Heritage
10/01/17 5:00 PM Local Time Delivery; 11:59 PM Local Time Electronic Receipt; or Postmarked by Date.
Grants to Canada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and Aboriginal institutions and organizations for the presentation of performing arts series and arts festivals. First-time applicants must verify eligibility prior to applying.
The objective of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) is to give Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. The CAPF recognizes that arts presenters are key partners in achieving this objective by providing funding to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series, as well as their support organizations.
CAPF Expected Results:
-Arts presenter organizations offer a variety of professional artistic experiences to Canadians;
-Canadians in all regions of the country engage and participate in a variety of professional artistic experiences offered by arts presenters;
-Presenter support organizations undertake professional development opportunities to strengthen the practices of CAPF arts presenters and the presenting community; and
-Arts presenters undertake their activities within a healthy Canadian presenting environment.
Ultimately, the long-term results of the CAPF will allow Canadians to value and engage with professional artistic experiences.
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund delivers its funding through two components:
-Programming Component – To support existing: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters and Presenter Support Organizations.
-Development Component – To support the emergence of arts presenters and presenter support organizations for underserved communities or artistic practices. For more information on the Development Component please contact a regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters:
An organization should consider the following as part of its request to the CAPF:
-A variety of programming such as: new artistic disciplines or new genres within a discipline; ethnocultural expressions; Aboriginal artistic expression; artists from official language minority communities; artistic productions created in other provinces or territories or outside Canada; and works by emerging artists;
-Related community engagement activities, including audience development/outreach activities;
-Presenting conditions and opportunities offered to professional artists; and
-Partnerships that strengthen the contribution the arts make to community life.
-Presentation of a minimum of three distinct professional shows, as part of a performing arts series, in one or several artistic disciplines and from more than one province or territory;
-Presentation within a festival format of at least three distinct professional performances or events from one or several artistic disciplines and from more than one province or territory;
-Community engagement activities, including audience development/outreach activities (see Glossary for more details);
-Professional development/networking activities for arts presenters such as attending workshops and conferences;
-Partnerships and collaborations including other arts presenters, not-for-profit arts community organizations and/or educational institutions; and
-Volunteer participation including training and training materials.
-Costs related to the selection of artists, artists’ fees, and per diems, accommodation and travel related to artists;
-Administrative and presenting salaries or fees;
-Promotion/marketing costs, including costs associated with social media;
-Hall and venue rentals or equal value of operating costs;
-Technical and front of house costs;
-Costs related to community engagement activities, including audience development/outreach activities; costs incurred for organizing volunteer participation;
-International artists’ travel costs are an eligible expense but cannot be reimbursed by the program. (contact a regional office for more information); training and professional development activities for arts presenters, e.g. workshop facilitation, registration and material costs, coordination, mentorship expenses as well as travel, accommodation and per diems related to business activities;
-Administration costs; and
-Donated goods or services may be eligible as an in-kind contribution if they are essential to a project’s success; would otherwise be purchased and paid for by the recipient; can be measured at fair market value at the date of contribution (i.e. fair value could be determined in relation to the purchase of similar goods and services). The CAPF will recognize only rendered services that are professional in nature and will not reimburse these services within the financial contribution allocation. The budget summited must show in-kind revenues equal to the value of the in-kind expenses.
GrantWatch ID#: 167617
Professional Arts Festivals: The CAPF can support up to 25% of eligible expenses, or a maximum of $100,000 in the case of grants and $500,000 in the case of contributions. In exceptional circumstances, support of up to $1,000,000 may be available for festivals with total eligible expenses over $5,000,000.
Performing Arts Series Presenters: The CAPF can support up to 25% of eligible expenses, or a maximum of $100,000 in the case of grants and $200,000 in the case of contributions.
The CAPF offers organizations multi-year funding agreements. Organizations must meet additional requirements to be eligible for multi-year support (see guidelines for more information).
An organization must be one of the following:
-A not-for-profit organization incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act or the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (or under corresponding provincial or territorial legislation);
-A provincial, territorial or municipal institution (including agencies and public educational institutions that organize presentation activities for the public); or
-An Aboriginal peoples institution or organization (Aboriginal peoples include Inuit, Métis, Status and Non-Status people).
All eligible organizations must:
-Have a clear arts presentation focus in their vision or mandate that is reflected in their by-laws and/or other governance documents;
-Have as their mission the presentation of works of professional artists;
-Keep separate, clear and exact accounts for these presentation activities;
-Have been in continuous professional operation for a minimum of one year prior to the application deadline;
-Present works that originate from more than one province or territory;
-Provide the presentation venue, as well as technical and promotional support for
-Charge an admission fee to the public for part or all of the presentation season or the festival; and
-Pay a guaranteed fee to professional artists for presentations offered within a festival or series and provide professional presentation conditions. (The contractual commitments concerning remuneration to artists by Fringe and street- performer festivals also meet CAPF eligibility requirements).
In addition, professional Arts Festivals must:
-Have presented in a professional manner a festival lasting a minimum of three consecutive days, of various works created, produced and/or performed by professional artists; and
-Program a festival that extends over a period of three days (minimum) to four weeks (generally) and includes the presentation of a minimum of three distinct professional works/performances.
-Media arts festivals: also demonstrate a commitment to presenting works by independent professional artists, including films, video or audio productions, and new media. CAPF will give priority to media arts festivals where artists are remunerated to undertake outreach activities with the general public during the festival
In addition, Performing Arts Series Presenters must:
-Have presented in a professional manner a minimum of three distinct shows, or a series of performances within a season, created, produced and performed by other professional artists.
Ineligible Activities and Expenses
-Book fairs, galas and competitions;
-Self-presentation activities (contact the Canada Council for the Arts);
-Creation or production activities (contact the Canada Council for the Arts); tours within or outside Canada (contact the Canada Council for the Arts); infrastructure projects (see the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund);
-Purchase of specialized equipment (see the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund); activities specifically celebrating Canada Day, July 1, National Aboriginal Day, June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, June 24 or Canadian Multiculturalism Day, June 27 (see the Celebrate Canada! program);
-Festivals and activities that receive financial support under the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program;
-Deficit reduction plans;
-Receptions and hospitality;
-Literary reading series; and
-Film, video and media arts series.
Organizations that wish to submit an application for the first time must contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage to verify their eligibility.
There are two application deadlines for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF): April 1 and October 1 for activities which will occur after April 1st of the following year.
April 1st is the application deadline for activities starting between April 1st and June 30th of the following year.
All other applicants must contact their regional office to determine which deadline is appropriate for their organization.
When a deadline date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it is extended to following working day.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Department of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
Phone: 819-997-0055 / 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
TTY: 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)
Regional offices of Department of Canadian Heritage:
Canada: Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon