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Grants to Canada Artists and Arts Organizations to Support Traveling Exhibitions and Presentations

Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring


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Canada Council for the Arts
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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;

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/06/23 11:59 PM Pacific Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada arts organizations and groups, artists, curators, and media arts centers and festivals for the exhibition and presentation of works and performances by Canadian artists. Applicants must register in the online portal at least 30 days prior to applying. Funding is intended to support touring and circulation activities that will build national exposure and reach Canadian audiences.

Eligible Activities (Destinations must be at least 250 kilometers from the place of departure for):

  • The circulation or touring of artists, exhibitions or artistic works to 3 or more Canadian destinations (art exhibitions must include at least 2 destinations outside your home province or territory)
  • Cross-border Canada/United States tours with the majority of events in Canada
  • Self-presentation and/or circulation and touring to fewer than 3 Canadian destinations, if you provide a strong market development rationale or outreach strategy

Funding may be used for direct costs related to the activity, including:

  • Artists’ fees
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation and per diem
  • Additional shipping or baggage costs directly related to the activity
  • Touring production and exhibition expenses (excluding engagements at the National Arts Centre)
  • Promotion and project management
  • Pre-tour artists’ fees and production expenses for remounting existing work (for performing arts only)


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Types of potential applicants to this component include:
- Artists and curators
- Artistic groups and collectives
- Artistic organizations
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists, groups, collectives and not-for-profit organizations
- Media arts distribution centers and festivals

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

You can’t apply for activities that occur before the deadline date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

For a list of Ineligible Activities:

Pre-Application Information
- Cut-Off Date: 26 April 2023 / Notification of Results: End of August 2023
- Cut-Off Date: 6 September 2023 / Notification of Results: End of January 2024
- Cut-Off Date: 6 December 2023 / Notification of Results: End of April 2024

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.

Application limits: Each year (1 March – 28/29 February), you can apply to this component 3 times and receive maximum combined grants of $200,000.

You are encouraged to speak with a Canada Council Program Officer at least two weeks prior to the deadline before submitting an application to this component for the first time.

You can apply any time before the start date of your project.

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.
For further information, see the link to Application Assistance below.

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

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Estimated Size of Grant
Generally up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $200,000.

Contact Information
Online application portal:

For technical assistance:
Submit a technical report request, by clicking on Technical Support from your portal Dashboard and submitting the required information, or email

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

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin St - 2nd floor
P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8
Phone: 1-800 263-5588 or 613-566-4414

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