Creating, Knowing and Sharing - Travel

Grants to Canada Native Artists, Groups, and
Organizations for Professional Development in the Arts

GrantWatch ID#: 177874
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Canada Council for the Arts


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Canada Metis, First Nations, and Inuit artists, arts professionals, artists groups, collectives, and organizations for travel related to professional development. Funding may be requested to travel to events both within Canada and internationally that will allow artists to access new markets or build national and international presence.

The Creating, Knowing and Sharing program supports activities in 3 broad areas:

1) Creating provides support for research, production, and creation of new works of art.

2) Knowing provides support for the retention, maintenance, innovation and transmittal of cultural knowledge and creative practice. This includes contemporary and historical critical discourse, arts/cultural training and initiatives that seek to pass cultural knowledge to younger generations through artistic practice, and the renewal and maintenance of customary art practices.

3) Sharing provides support for the dissemination, exhibition, presentation and distribution of works of art by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, which enrich and engage communities in Canada and abroad.

Travel must be at least 100 kilometres from your place of departure, and by invitation. You can apply for single or several destinations within one trip (if you are representing or promoting artists, you can request multiple trips) to:

-Share artistic works or cultural knowledge
-Participate in significant artistic or cultural events, including pow-wows
-Undertake research activities
-Build professional and artistic networks
-Engage in professional development opportunities
-Develop regional, national or international markets

Eligible Expenses:
-Transportation costs generally based on fixed amounts
-Accomodation and per diem, up to 5 days per trip
-Additional shipping or baggage costs directly related to your activity, up to $2,500
-Registration fees, up to $1,000

In addition to the cash grant of up to $30,000, a Remote Community Allowance may be available.

Up to $30,000

Who can Apply:
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis aspiring artists working under the mentorship of a professional artist
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts/cultural professionals
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural carriers
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis for-profit organizations that have been in operation for at least 2 years
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis not-for-profit organizations not currently receiving core (operating) funding

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants cannot apply to this component. However, if you work within an organization that receives core (operating) funding, you can apply for projects not related to your organization’s activities by creating your own profile in the portal.

You can’t apply for activities that occur before your departure date or for activities that receive funding from another Creating, Knowing and Sharing component or Canada Council program. You also can’t apply for activities on the general list of ineligible activities:

Note: If your application is for touring existing work, you must instead apply to the Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring or Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring components.

Applications are accepted any time before your departure. Notifications are usually issued within 2 months of the application date.

Applicants must register on the grants portal at least 30 days prior to applying.

Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Canada Council Program Officer before submitting an application to this component for the first time.

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

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