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General Funding Program - Fiscal Sponsorship

Opportunity for Quebec Arts Organizations
and Cooperatives to Organize Fundraising Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Conseil des arts de Montréal

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/01/20 11:59 PM


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Opportunity for Quebec arts organizations and cooperatives to carry out fundraising activities in eligible areas. Eligible organizations will become representatives of the funding source, and in return will receive larger grants for their arts activities. Consideration will be given to organizations working in circus arts, street performance, visual arts, digital arts, film and video, dance, literature (including cultural periodicals), new artistic practices (multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary), music and theatre. This program should benefit organizations headquartered on the island of Montreal.

Qualifying Mandates:

Organizations whose mandate is:

  • Research
  • Creation/production
  • Specialized or pluridisciplinary presentation
  • Publication of a cultural periodical
  • Staging of an event or festival
  • Museums
  • Professional associations or service organizations. 

Eligible fundraising activities under this program are:

  • Benefit events
  • Direct solicitation of individuals, foundations and businesses through an annual or special campaign.

Fiscal sponsorship builds on the support that the Conseil des arts de Montréal provides to organizations that are eligible for its programs. Through this program, the Conseil benefits from the assistance of arts organizations that carry out fundraising activities to increase the Conseil’s ability to financially support the arts.

Organizations that apply for fiscal sponsorship agree to become representatives of the Conseil des arts. In return, the Conseil undertakes to award these organizations a larger grant, provided that new funding is generated through their fundraising efforts. Furthermore, under the Fiscal Sponsorship program, only the Conseil is authorized to receive donations and issue tax receipts for such donations. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187751

Number of Grants:

Applications that meet the general and specific eligibility criteria as well as the program’s orientations and evaluation criteria will be approved, regardless of number.

Term of Contract:

Projects covering more than one year:

An application must be completed for each new fiscal sponsorship projectWhen applying for renewal or making a new application, applicants are advised to consult the Project Manager to verify their submission.

When applying for a renewal or an extension, it is the responsibility of the organization to allow sufficient time for the Conseil to analyze the application and reach a decision.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Incorporated non-profit organizations or artist cooperatives that pay no dividends are eligible to apply.

Organizations must meet the following criteria:
- They must be not-for-profit.
- Their head office must be located on the Island of Montréal.
- Their board of directors must mainly be composed of Canadian citizens or landed immigrants living in Canada.
- Their principal mandates must be to create, produce, and distribute work in the arts.

For general criteria, see the following link:

-Organizations that do not meet the general eligibility criteria;
-Organizations registered as general or limited partnerships;
-Organizations receiving an operating grant under the Conseil’s General Funding Program;
-Individual artists;
-Artist collectives;
-Cultural periodicals that have been published for less than one year, produce less than three issues a year, are distributed without charge or are available exclusively in electronic format;
-Public and para-public organizations and municipal corporations;
-Organizations dedicated to teaching, education and professional training.

For ineligible activities and projects, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register to one of the online information sessions : October 27 or November 10, 2020 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines for applications to this program are December 1st 2020, March 8th 2021, September 1st 2021, before midnight 11:59 PM.

First-time applicants are advised to contact the Project Manager – Arts and Philanthropy, to clarify eligibility and evaluation criteria as well as other details.

Allow eight to ten weeks after the application deadline for the Conseil to reach a decision.

The grant money is paid six to eight weeks following the receipt and verification of the compiled cheques and tree to four weeks for online donations.

How to apply:

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Talar Agopian
Project Manager—Arts and Philanthropy

If you have a problem applying or any questions, contact the Conseil by phone at (514) 280-3580, or by email at, mentioning ORORA in the subject line.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Quebec: Montreal;


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