Theatre Touring and Special Initiatives Program

Grants to Canada Theater Companies and Festivals
to Develop Performing and Touring Infrastructure

GrantWatch ID#: 176861
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Canada Council for the Arts

12/01/16 Postmarked

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Grants to Canadian professional theater companies and festivals for developing and supporting Canada's theater performing and touring infrastructure. Funding is also intended to develop more knowledgeable and appreciative audiences for theater in Canada.

Special consideration will be given to projects in areas specifically identified as Canada Council Theater Section priorities: Aboriginal theater, culturally diverse theater and theater for young audiences. Priority will be given to projects that involve at least one financial partner other than the Canada Council.

This grant has two components:

- Touring in Canada Grants: Production Touring and Festival Hosting
- Special Initiatives Grants

Touring in Canada Grants: This component is for Canadian professional theater companies (including collectives and ad hoc groups) and Canadian theater festivals. Production Touring refers to tours of Canadian productions within Canada. These applicants must fill out the application form pages for Production Touring. Festival Hosting refers to Canadian theater festivals presenting Canadian theater works. These applicants must fill out the application form pages for Festival Hosting.

The objectives of this component are to:

- Facilitate access to theater across Canada
- Increase touring opportunities for theater artists and companies
- Increase audience knowledge of and appreciation for theater
- Enhance programming options for presenters
- Extend the life of theater works and provide new performance opportunities.

Production Touring: The assessment criteria for this component are:

- Artistic quality of the touring production
- Demonstrated ability to co-ordinate a tour effectively
- Demonstrated understanding and development of the market served
- A balance between expenses and diverse revenue sources, and the presenter’s commitment to the tour and their financial commitment to the artists.

Festival Hosting: the assessment criteria for this component are:

- The artistic quality of the touring production(s)
- The motivation for programming choices by the presenter and their commitment to audience development, and
- A balance between expenses and diverse revenue sources, and the financial commitment to the artists.

Special Initiatives Grants: this component provides assistance to Canadian professional theater organizations for special initiatives that serve the theater touring or presenting community at large. The objectives of this component are to:

- Create or reinforce theater disseminating infrastructure, including touring networks and markets, particularly in sectors where the infrastructure is non-existent or underdeveloped
- Develop new audiences for theater and build audience loyalty in order to stimulate and consolidate markets for the benefit of large sectors of the theater community.

The assessment criteria for this component are:

- The project’s potential to create or reinforce theater dissemination infrastructure, touring networks and markets
- The applicant’s background and ability to carry out the project
- The reasonable balance between projected revenues and expenses
- The project’s potential impact and beneficiaries.

There are no minimum or maximum amounts that may be requested or received through this program.

The grant funds will be available to complete your project/activity/work for three years following the competition deadline date that you apply to. The end of this three-year period is the expiry date of your grant. Funds are for projects taking place after the following March.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Canadian professional theater companies (including collectives and ad hoc groups) or Canadian theater festivals. Collectives and ad-hoc groups must be made up of professional artists who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when they apply.

The Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone who:

- Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- Is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
- Has a history of public presentation
- Is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially.

Please note that agents and managers are not eligible to apply to this program.

Production Touring Eligibility:

- First-run tours to a co-producing partner’s locality are not eligible. Tours where the presenter does not guarantee a fee are not eligible.
- Tours within a 400-km radius within the province of origin of the company or groups are not eligible. However, Inter-provincial tours, regardless of distance, are eligible.
- At least one performance must be confirmed in writing before the application is submitted.

Festival Hosting Eligibility:

Canadian theater festivals presenting professional Canadian theater works are eligible to apply to this program on behalf of companies programmed by the festival. These applicants must fill out the application form pages for Festival Hosting. Companies touring to additional venues than the festival should apply to Production Touring and include the festival booking on their itinerary.

Special Initiatives Grants Eligibility:

Canadian theater organizations (in general, companies and presenters etc.) are eligible to apply to this component. Both one-time-only and recurring initiatives are eligible. However, if the initiative is recurring, the applicant must justify this recurrence and reapply each year for funding.

Special Initiative Grants will not exceed 50 percent of the proposed project’s expenses.

Each program component has limits on the number of applications you can submit and/or the grants you can receive each year – details are included with the program information.

The Canada Council will not accept applications postmarked after the deadline, incomplete applications, or those submitted by fax or email.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send your application to:
Theatre Section
Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

Program Officers, Theatre Section
Nancy Guertin:
Craig Holzschuh:
Phone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5484 or 6007
TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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