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Creating, Knowing and Sharing - Short-Term Projects

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

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Grants to Canada Inuit, Metis, and First Nations artists, arts professionals, groups, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations for artistic projects and activities across a broad range of disciplines. Applicants must register online at least 30 days prior to the deadline.

Activities must be led by eligible First Nations, Inuit or Métis professional artists, cultural carriers or arts/cultural professionals and can include the participation of or collaboration with non-Indigenous artists.

Applicants can apply for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities lasting up to one year, including but not limited to:

- Creating – research; creation; production; critical discourse (including research or writing); residencies; collaborations.

- Knowing – mentorships; artistic training; community-based initiatives to engage young people through artistic practices; language preservation through artistic practices; intergenerational transmission of artistic knowledge; preservation of traditional knowledge through artistic practice; development of administrative, artistic, cultural or organizational capacity; research; collaborations.

- Sharing – local, regional, national or international exhibitions; implementation of dissemination strategy and organizational objectives; publishing activities; gathering events involving artistic practices; collaborations; marketing and publicity; presentations, festivals, and showcase events; networking events involving artistic practices; outreach 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 include costs in support of eligible activities, including subsistence.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177876

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amount: up to $100,000
In addition, a Remote Community Allowance may be available.

Term of Contract:

Projects may last up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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 that receive funding from another Creating, Knowing and Sharing component or Canada Council program.

You also may not apply for activities on the general list of ineligible activities:

Pre-Application Information:


- March 21, 2018
- June 21, 2018
- September 21, 2018
- December 12, 2018
- March 21, 2019

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

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. More information:

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a program officer before applying.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply for exceptional projects that extend beyond regular activities. You are responsible for demonstrating the exceptional nature of your project.

For individuals only: you may be considered for prizes based on information submitted with your application and your applicant profile.

Notification of results is usually issued within three months of the deadline date.

Contact Information:

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

Apply through the online portal:

For questions contact an officer:

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4038

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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon