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Arts Across Canada - Translation

Grants to Canada Arts Companies, Groups, and
Organizations to Translate Dramatic and Literary Works

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Canada theater companies, publishers, and other arts companies, groups, organizations, and collectives to translate literary and dramatic works into languages that are accessible to Canadian audiences. Applicants must register online at least 30 days prior to the deadline. First-time applicants are encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

Your application can include 1 or more requests to:

-Translate Canadian-authored literary work into French, English or an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) language, for publication;

-Translate and surtitle Canadian-authored dramatic work into French, English or an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) language, for Canadian presentation;

In addition, you can apply once per year for an Annual Supplement for reading fees, bilingual editing and promotional expenses.

Eligible Costs:

1) Costs related to translation and subtitling, based on the Canada Council’s rates.

2) Annual Supplement costs, including:
-Up to $1,500 per year for reading fees for prospective titles (from a freelance professional reader);
-Up to $2,500 per year for bilingual editing (from a freelance professional editor);
-Up to $2,000 per title (to a maximum of 8 titles) for promotional expenses for translated published works supported by this component.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177884

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants provide up to $25,000 for each translation, plus an Annual Supplement for targeted costs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of potential applicants to this component include:
-Theater and multidisciplinary groups and collectives
-Theater companies and dramaturgical organizations
-Multidisciplinary organizations
-Literary book publishers

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

Additionally, for organizations with profiles in Literary Arts, you must presently receive core (operating) support through the Support to Book Publishing: Block Grants (Annual and Multi-Year) program.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply to this component.

You may not apply for activities that occur before you submit your application, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the General List of Ineligible Activities.

In addition to the criteria set out in the applicant profiles, the following activities are not eligible for grants from the Canada Council:

-Activities proposed by someone under 18 years old
-Activities that are illegal according to the Criminal Code of Canada
-Artistic activities that are led by non-professionals
-Activities that are carried out to satisfy the course requirements of an educational institution (for non-course activities related to graduate studies, please contact a program officer).
-Activities that directly support the delivery of an educational program or course
-Activities that are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
-Self-publishing or vanity publishing of literary works
-Activities carried out by organizations that have not paid, or do not pay, fees or royalties to artists according the standards of the arts practice or sector
-Fundraising activities
-Capital expenditures, unless explicitly eligible
-Contests and competitions (including prizes and awards)
-Contributions to endowment funds

View the General List of Ineligible Activities here:

Pre-Application Information:

-June 15, 2017
-October 20, 2017
-January 20, 2018

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.

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

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 regarding available assistance may be found here:

Contact Information:

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:

Arts Across Canada Program Officer:
1-800-263-5588, ext. 4039

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

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