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Support Program for Indigenous Artists

Grants to Quebec Indigenous Canadian Artists in Eligible Locations to
Advance the Production and Development of Traditional Art Forms

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Funding Source:

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Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM)

Deadline Date:

09/16/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Quebec indigenous artists in eligible locations to advance the development and production of traditional art activities. Funding is intended to support the professional development of artists, the creation of art projects, art activities, and contemporary and traditional artistic practices of indigenous artists residing in Montreal.

The Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s Support Program for Indigenous Artists is for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) professional artists who reside on the Island of Montréal who would like to benefit from a project grant. The program aims to promote the plurality of Indigenous arts practices by supporting: 

  • Creation, production and dissemination projects; 
  • The advancement of traditional and contemporary artistic practices; 
  • The professionalization of artists; 
  • The implementation of artistic activities.

Examples of qualifying projects:

  • Research and creation
  • Production
  • Development of artistic practices
  • Artistic collaboration and guidance  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191851

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of funding per application is $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects can be completed between September 16, 2020, and August 31, 2021.

The grant is one-time and non-recurrent.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Metis) artist who:

- Resides on the Island of Montréal;
- Is recognized by their peers or community as an artist who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to their artistic practice and art form, whether traditional or contemporary;
- Is a professional artist;
- Is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Indigenous artists working in circus arts, street performance, visual arts, digital arts, film and video, dance, literature (including cultural periodicals, storytelling), craft arts, new artistic practices (multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary) , music and theatre may apply.

Indigenous artists working exclusively in variety and humour are not eligible to apply for this program.

Not funded:

- Projects completed before the Conseil has approved the application;
- Sound recording projects (albums, CDs, demos, etc.) of a promotional nature;
- Projects specifically related to film or web film production;
- Projects that are essentially promotional including video clips;
- Projects mainly focused on cultural mediation;
- “Showcase” projects and/or national or international prospection projects;
- Capital projects and/or projects to acquire specialized equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: September 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

When a deadline coincides with a holiday or a non-business day (Saturday or Sunday), it is automatically extended to the next business day.

After the application deadline, a period of six (6) to eight (8) weeks is needed for the Conseil to process the application and reach a decision.

First-time applicants are urged to contact the Indigenous Arts Project Manager, Mylène Guay, who can clarify the eligibility and evaluation criteria and any other details.

Financial support to prepare an application:
- To ensure greater equity in program accessibility, eligible applicants can apply for financial support of up to $250 per project per year

Eligible applicants may apply for additional financial support to cover some or all of the accessibility costs related to a project receiving an operating grant from the Conseil, provided that the accessibility costs are directly related to the project that is the subject of the application. Priority will be given to project proposals that directly support artists with visible or invisible disabilities, or who are part of the Deaf community. The maximum amount awarded per project for presenting organisations welcoming audiences with visible or invisible disabilities, or who are part of the Deaf community is $2,000.

Only one application can be submitted per year and per individual to this program.

Artists in the creation/production phase may submit:
- An application for the research/creation phase in the first year;
- A second application for the production/dissemination phase in another year.

How to Apply:


Accessibility Costs:

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For technical support, contact the Conseil by phone at 514-280-3580, or by email at mentioning ORORA in the subject line.

For more information, contact:
Mylène Guay
Indigenous Arts Project Manager
(514) 280-0552

Conseil des Arts de Montreal
1210, Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Québec

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