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Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples: 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

Deadline Date:

06/16/21 11:59 PM Pacific Time


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Grants to Canada Aboriginal nonprofit organizations, artists, and for-profits for activities that foster the production, presentation, and transmission of indigenous art and culture. Applicants are required to register in the online application portal a minimum of 30 days prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that include, but are not limited to, the creation of new artworks, research, residencies, mentorship, exhibitions, festivals, artistic training, and professional development.

The Long-Term Projects component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists, cultural carriers, arts/cultural professionals, groups, collectives and arts/culture organizations working in all disciplines. Activities must be led by eligible First Nations, Inuit or Métis professional artists, cultural carriers or arts/cultural professionals. Activities may include participation of or collaboration with non-Indigenous artists.

Applicants may apply for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities lasting between 1 and 3 years, including but not limited to:

  • Creating: 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

All expenses related to supporting the above activities, including subsistence, are eligible for funding. 

For Creating, Knowing and Sharing Activities and Objectives, see pp. 1-2 of the Application document listed in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177877

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $300,000

Term of Contract:

Grants provide support for activities and projects lasting between 1 and 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply:
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists
- 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 funding

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

For individuals only: Applicants may be considered for prizes based on information submitted with their application and their applicant profile. Applicants who do not want to be considered for prizes should email with OPT OUT in the subject line.

Aspiring artists cannot apply for Long-Term Project grants.

Organizations presently receiving core grants cannot apply to this component.

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

Applicants may not apply for activities that occur before the deadline date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program component or those on the general list of ineligible activities. See:

Capital expenses are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application deadlline: 16 June 2021
- Notification of Results: End of October 2021

The portal closes to submissions at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

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 to determine project eligibility.

You can apply to this component twice per year (1 March – 28/29 February). Grants cannot overlap with another Long-Term Project grant and cannot duplicate activities supported by any other Canada Council grant.

You may be eligible for Application Assistance to pay someone to help you with the application process if you are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:
- An artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness
- A First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers. See:

If you face increased or unusual costs due to your geographic location, you may be eligible for a remote community allowance. The allowance will be determined by program staff on a case-by-case basis. Contact a program officer if this applies to you.

Expenses incurred in the year immediately before a grant is received are only deductible from the grant if they are incurred after the artist has received notification that the grant will be paid.


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

To apply online:

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
1-800-263-5588, ext. 4038

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin St
P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, ON Canada
K1P 5V8
613 566-4414

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Geographic Focus:

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

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