Creating, Knowing and Sharing - Small-Scale Activities

Grants to Canada Aboriginal Artists, Nonprofits,
and For-Profits for Artistic Career Development

GrantWatch ID#: 177875
Agency Type:


Canada Council for the Arts


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Canada Inuit, Metis, and First Nation artists, for-profits, and nonprofit organizations for career-advancing artistic activities. Funding may be used for production materials, career and artistic development activities, and mentorship opportunities. This grant component is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, artistic groups, collectives and organizations working in all disciplines.

You can apply to:
-Purchase/acquire materials for artistic production;
-Pay honoraria to professional artists or cultural carriers for specific expertise, advice, or training;
-Engage in career or artistic development activities.

Creating, Knowing and Sharing Objectives
-To support the creative capacity and professional development of First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations;
-To facilitate the retention, renewal, and transmission of cultural knowledge and creative practice;
-To support exploration, creation, and production of customary and contemporary work by First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists;
-To support the presentation, exhibition, and sharing of works by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists in Canada and internationally;
-To strengthen and support the presence of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis arts.

Eligible Expenses:
-Costs of purchasing materials directly related to the proposed activity;
-Costs of collecting or harvesting artistic materials;
-Honoraria paid to artistic or cultural professionals for specific training or consultation;
-One-time training or workshop costs (not an ongoing program of study);
-Conference or symposium fees;
-Any other costs directly related to your activity (such as childcare);
-Travel costs directly related to the proposed activity, up to 50% of your expenses.

Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance.

In addition to a grant of up to $3,000, a Remote Community Allowance may be available.

Up to $3,000

Eligible Applicants:
-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.

You may not apply for activities that occur before your project start date or for activities, materials or expenses 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.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants cannot apply to this component.

If more than 50% of your expenses are for travel, you must instead apply to the Creating, Knowing and Sharing: Travel component.

Applications may be submitted Any time before the start date of your project.

First-time applicants are encouraged to speak with a Canada Council Program Officer before applying to this component.

Applicants must register on the portal at least 30 days before applying.

Each year (1 March – 28/29 February), you can apply to this component twice and
receive a maximum of $3 000.

Notification of results are usually issued within 2 months of the deadline date.

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

Apply online through the grants portal:

Contact a Canada Council officer:

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin St
P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, ON Canada
K1P 5V8

1-800 263-5588 / 613 566-4414

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