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Grants to Quebec Arts Nonprofits, Artists, and Collectives in Eligible Areas to Promote Community Engagement with the Arts

Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other


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Funding Source
Conseil des arts de Montreal (CAM)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Quebec: City of Montréal and the Greater Montréal area;

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/13/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Quebec nonprofit organizations, individual artists, and artist collectives in eligible locations to promote community engagement with the arts. Funding is intended for projects that offer the opportunity for artists to be inspired through a citizen co-creation process. The goal of the program is to foster meaningful connections between creators and citizens of the City of Montréal and other municipalities in the Greater Montréal area.

Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other is a unifying program in which artists draw inspiration from a citizen co-creation process. 

Program objectives:

  • Strengthen exchanges of innovative artistic practices between various territories in the Greater Montréal area
  • Promote citizen participation within a professional artistic practice
  • Foster citizen co-creation in arts communities

Eligible projects: Co-creation projects that demonstrate artistic quality and the ability to connect with the community. “Co-creation,” means an artistic process that involves the public at the conception or production stages of the work. The artistic works created are the result of a collaboration between one or more artists and the public. Co-creation support strategies will encourage diversity in both forms of cultural expression and participation in cultural life. This allows local residents to experience the creative process with the artist.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Professional artists, collectives and arts organizations working in creation and production are eligible to apply.

Individual artists:
- Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Have resided in one of the partner cities for at least one year
- Be recognized as a professional artist
- Have presented at least one artwork in a professional context

Artists’ collectives:
- Be represented by a person responsible for the application
- Be a group of artists, regardless of the number (minimum of two)
- Two-thirds of its members must be artists with Canadian citizenship or permanent residence; the proportion of members of the collective residing outside Canada may not exceed one third
- Have a majority of members (50% +1) who reside in one of the partnership cities, including the person responsible for the application
- Be composed of professional artists

For an arts organization:
- Be a non-profit organization or artists’ cooperative that pays no dividends
- Be headquartered in one of the partner cities
- Have a Board of Directors composed mainly of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- Have the mandate to create, produce or disseminate artworks

Professional requirements:
- Possess a level of recognized and demonstrable competence
- Be managed by qualified individuals
- Have stable artistic leadership
- Have presented activities of a recognized artistic quality
- Be staffed by professional artists and/or cultural workers

Montréal artists, collectives, and professional arts organizations must reside or be headquartered on the Island of Montréal. Greater Montréal area artists, collectives, and professional arts organizations must reside or be headquartered in the partner municipality.

Ineligible to apply:

- Artists, collectives and organizations that do not meet the general conditions for eligibility
- Artists that are incorporated as for-profit or not-for-profit organizations
- Incorporated for-profit organizations
- Organizations not involved in creation/production
- Public or para-public organizations representing governments or municipal corporations
- Organizations dedicated to teaching, education, and professional training

- Projects completed before receiving the Conseil’s response
- Sound recording projects (albums)
- Projects that are essentially promotional
- Capital projects or projects to acquire specialized equipment

Activity sectors:
- Organizations working exclusively in comedy-variety
- Applicants working exclusively in cultural mediation

Pre-Proposal Conference
Sign up for an information session:

Online information session:
Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

In-person information session:
280, boulevard Harwood, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC, J7V 1Y5
Thursday, September 7, 2023, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is October 13, 2023, 5:00 PM.

Between the application deadline and the Conseil’s decision, a period of eight (8) to ten (10) weeks is required to process the application.

Only one application per year can be submitted for this program.

- For collectives: the person designated by the collective should submit the application.
- For organizations: a duly authorized representative should submit the application.

The application must include a letter of interest from the host location. This letter must state that the host partner undertakes to support the artist, organization or collective and that it fully understands the need for expertise in citizen participation (e.g., recruiting residents)

Number of Grants
A maximum of four grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant
Selected projects will receive a production grant not exceeding $25,000.

Term of Contract
Projects must be carried out over a period of five to eight weeks between January 1, 2024, and August 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Technical assistance: 514-280-2564

Direct questions to:
Karine Gariepy
Project Manager - Local and international initiatives

Éric Dufresne-Arbique
Development agent
Conseil des arts de Longueuil

Mélanie Hallé
Activities and Programs Coordinator
Ville de Laval, Division diffusion culturelle et événements / régie diffusion et médiation – équipe territoire Service de la culture, des loisirs, du sport et du développement social

Mélanie Desmarais
Arts and Culture Activities Advisor
Ville de Terrebonne, Direction du loisir et de la vie communautaire

Nadine Maltais
General Manager
Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges

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