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Creating, Knowing and Sharing - Long-Term Projects

Grants to Canada Aboriginal Artists, Nonprofits,
and For-Profits for Artistic Works and Presentations

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Canada Council for the Arts

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Grants to Canada First Nations, Metis, and Inuit artists, arts professionals, nonprofits, for-profits, and groups to support work in any artistic discipline. Applicants must be registered in the online application portal at least 30 days prior to applying. Funding will support any combination of eligible creating, knowing, and sharing activities, as defined below.

The Creating, Knowing and Sharing program supports activities in 3 broad areas:
-Creating provides support for research, production and creation of new works of art.
-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.
-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.

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

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177877

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $300,000 may be warded. In addition, a Remote Community Allowance may be available.

Term of Contract:

Projects may last between 1 and 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply:
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists
-First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts/cultural professionals
-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.

Aspiring artists and cultural carriers cannot apply for Long-Term Project grants.

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

You can’t 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 can’t apply for activities on the general list of ineligible activities.

Pre-Application Information:

If you have not already done so, you must register in the portal at least 30 days before you want to apply.

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer before applying.

The deadline to apply is June 21, 2018.

Notification of results will be issued November 2018.

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 about the Remote Community Allowance may be found here:

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

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For individuals only: you may be considered for prizes based on information submitted with your application and your applicant profile. If you do not want to be considered for prizes, email with OPT OUT in the subject line.

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