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CUE 2020 Grant Cycle is Open

“Apply for a $1000 grant to produce an art project in any discipline.

Grants are for artists who are new-generation artists living and working on the margins, and facing systemic barriers to accessing professional arts opportunities.

CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins. Throughout history, some of the most innovative artwork has been created by artists who experience marginalization and face systemic barriers, and who have been excluded by conventional arts and cultural institutions. We recognize that arts funding agencies have often not adapted to growing social, cultural, and economic inequality.

In response, CUE has designed an accessible funding program offering not only financial support for art projects, but also consultation in preparing project proposals, support throughout the production process, and opportunities for public exhibition”

For more information, please visit:

-from CUE

Indigenous Arts Program Grants (First Peoples’ Cultural Council)

FPCC Arts Program deadlines have been extended to October 6, 2020!

Select grants in the Indigenous Arts Program and the Indigenous Music Initiative are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 intake from Indigenous residents and organizations in B.C.

The Fall 2020 intake includes the following:

The Indigenous Arts Program (IAP)

The Indigenous Music Initiative (IMI)

For more information, please visit:

-from First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Resilient Communities Fund (Ontario Trillium Foundation)

The Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario. 

OTF is investing in projects of eligible non-profit organizations to aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19. 

This fund is providing a flexible range of activities over two deadlines to address the diverse needs of organizations and to support them where they are at in their recovery and rebuilding.  

Request amount: From $5,000 to $150,000 
Grant term: up to 1 year
Application Deadline*: December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. 

* Due to the expected high demand and in our efforts to support as many organizations as possible, only one grant per eligible organization will be awarded. Organizations that receive a grant from the September 2nd deadline will not be eligible to apply for the December 2nd deadline.

For more information, please visit:

-from Ontario Trillium Foundation

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects (Ontario Arts Council)

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects

Until this program opens in Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system, program information may change. This includes deadline dates and specific information on eligibility. Be sure to visit this page after the program opens in Nova, but before starting your application.


The program supports Ontario-based artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability, and ad hoc groups, collectives and arts organizations mandated to serve and led by artists or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. There are three categories:

  • Creation: to help cover the costs of research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work
  • Production: to help cover the costs of production and/or the creation of art works
  • Professional development: to help cover the costs of study or training; mentorship; internship or apprenticeship; and/or documentation of artwork

Deadline dates

October 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

  • Applications are available in Nova approximately three months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.
  • If you require application support to complete your application, please make your request at least six weeks before the program deadline.”

-from Ontario Arts Council

Call for Applications: RBC Newcomer Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network, GTA)

“The RBC Newcomer Arts Award is designed to support the future potential of newcomer artists across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) working in a range of disciplines. These $2000 awards are intended to support each recipient’s artistic practice.

RBC 2 ROUND 2 | Opens Aug 31, 2020 | Closes Sept 30, 2020

About: The RBC Newcomer Arts Award is a micro-award program for newcomer (immigrant and refugee) artists presented by RBC Foundation and Toronto Arts Foundation and administered by Neighbourhood Arts Network. 

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must be:

  • An artist who has lived in Canada for 7 years or less
  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Approved Refugee Claimant (i.e. Protected Person) or have applications for permanent residency or citizenship pending
  • Over 18 years old
  • A resident of the City of Toronto OR Halton, Peel, York, Durham municipalities
  • A member of Neighbourhood Arts Network. If you are not a member, sign up here

*Artists can receive only one RBC Newcomer Arts Award per year.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Arts Response Initiative / Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts (Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario)

“The $1.6M Arts Response Initiative is an investment in the diversity and vitality of the arts across Ontario. The one-time initiative supports individual artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and arts organizations to carry out their activities in an environment of change. This initiative encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future. 
To develop the Arts Response Initiative, OAC held consultations and roundtables with artists and arts organizations across Ontario. These conversations made it clear that COVID-19 is having an acute impact on the arts sector, affecting everyone both professionally and personally. We also heard that the impacts of the pandemic are being experienced unevenly across communities and regions in the province, exacerbating existing inequities. As a result, projects that support OAC priority groups, including Black and Indigenous artists, will be given particular consideration. For the arts to move forward and grow more resilient, we must ensure that all communities are included. 
The funds for this initiative come from OAC’s annual base budget, temporarily redirected from programs that support activities limited by travel and in-person gathering restrictions. Specifically, Market Development Travel Assistance and Market Development Projects programs have been suspended for 2020, as well as Chalmers Arts Fellowships (a private endowment managed by OAC). A percentage of the Touring Projects budget is also being used. 
The Arts Response Initiative is one of the ways that OAC is addressing the challenges faced by the arts community in the context of COVID-19. Prior to this initiative, OAC took a number of other steps to support grant applicants and recipients (see COVID-19 – OAC activity updates). OAC’s project programs continue to support creation, production, presentation, dissemination and artistic activities that engage communities and schools, many with adjusted eligibility to recognize how artists and arts organizations are responding and adapting to the current context.” 

Initiative de réponse du milieu des arts

“L’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts de 1,6 million de dollars est un investissement dans la diversitĂ© et la vitalitĂ© des arts en Ontario. Cette initiative ponctuelle aide les artistes, les groupes ad hoc, les collectifs et les organismes artistiques Ă  exercer leurs activitĂ©s dans un environnement en mutation. Elle encourage l’exploration, l’adaptation et le dĂ©veloppement de nouvelles mĂ©thodes de travail qui augmenteront l’inclusivitĂ© et la rĂ©silience du secteur des arts de l’Ontario aujourd’hui et Ă  l’avenir.

Pour dĂ©velopper l’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts, le CAO a organisĂ© des consultations et des tables rondes avec des artistes et des organismes artistiques de la province entière. Ces conversations ont montrĂ© clairement que la COVID-19 a un impact profond sur le secteur des arts et qu’elle touche tout le monde, sur le plan professionnel comme sur le plan personnel. Nous avons Ă©galement appris que les rĂ©percussions de la pandĂ©mie sont ressenties de manière inĂ©gale dans diffĂ©rentes communautĂ©s et rĂ©gions de la province, ce qui exacerbe les inĂ©galitĂ©s existantes. Par consĂ©quent, les projets qui soutiennent les groupes prioritaires du CAO, notamment les artistes noirs et autochtones, bĂ©nĂ©ficieront d’une attention particulière. Pour que les arts puissent progresser et devenir plus rĂ©silients, nous devons veiller Ă  inclure toutes les communautĂ©s.

Cette initiative est financée par le budget de base annuel du CAO. Les fonds qui lui sont affectés proviennent provisoirement de programmes qui soutiennent des activités limitées par les restrictions en matière de déplacements et de rassemblements en personne. Il s’agit notamment des programmes Développement des marchés – aide au déplacement, Développement des marchés – projets, et Bourses Chalmers de recherche artistique (une dotation privée gérée par le CAO). Un pourcentage du programme Tournées – projets est également utilisé.

L’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts est l’une des mesures prises par le CAO pour contrer les problèmes auxquels le milieu artistique doit faire face dans le contexte de la COVID-19. Avant le lancement de cette initiative, le CAO avait dĂ©jĂ  pris d’autres mesures pour soutenir les candidats et les bĂ©nĂ©ficiaires de subventions (voir COVID-19 – Le point sur les activitĂ©s du CAO). Les programmes de projets du CAO continuent Ă  subventionner les activitĂ©s de crĂ©ation, de production et de diffusion ainsi que les activitĂ©s artistiques interactives dans les communautĂ©s et les Ă©coles. Bon nombre de ces programmes et activitĂ©s bĂ©nĂ©ficient de critères d’admissibilitĂ© modifiĂ©s qui tiennent compte de la façon dont les artistes et les organismes artistiques rĂ©agissent et s’adaptent au contexte actuel.”

-source : Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Community Cares: An Emergency Response Fund for First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis Individuals Working in the Arts

“The Indigenous arts and culture community recognizes the extraordinary and devastating impact that COVID-19 is having on our sector. Our thoughts go out to you and your loved ones, as the health and livelihood of so many people around the world are directly affected by this pandemic.

The Canada Council for the Arts, the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Indigenous Screen Office, and the Inuit Art Foundation are uniting to deliver an emergency response fund to First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis individuals working in the arts and culture sector, with the exceptional financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Access to this funding will not impact eligibility to regular programs of the Canada Council for the Arts.

First Nations, Inuit or MĂ©tis artists and cultural workers who have lost income due to COVID -19 may apply to the fund. Loss of income may be due to self-isolation, postponement or cancellation of travel, events or market access, reduced sales of work, or due to caring for family members or children, as well as other disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Please note these funds are limited. Please be mindful of applying if you have access to other financial opportunities or resources.

For more information, please visit Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s website

-from Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones

First Up with RBCxMusic / À l’affiche avec RBC

“To support the Canadian music community during these challenging times, RBC is excited to introduce First Up with RBCxMusic, a series of 30-minute, recorded performances submitted from selected emerging artists across Canada.

Each individual performance will be a part of a cross-country initiative that includes emerging Canadian musicians and recording artists. RBC will provide each selected individual participant with a $1000 reward (or up to $1500 for a group of 2 or more selected participants), promotional support and mentorship opportunities.

Are you ready to show Canada how Music Makes You?

Check out if this opportunity is for you!

For more information:

Afin de soutenir le secteur canadien de la musique durant cette pĂ©riode difficile, RBC lance Ă€ l’affiche avec RBC, une sĂ©rie de prestations enregistrĂ©es de trente minutes d’artistes Ă©mergents de partout au Canada.

Chaque prestation fera partie d’une initiative nationale à laquelle participeront des musiciens et artistes émergents canadiens. RBC versera à chaque artiste sélectionné une somme de 1 000 $ (ou une somme pouvant aller jusqu’à 1 500 $ pour un groupe de deux personnes ou plus), et lui fournira du soutien promotionnel et des occasions de mentorat.

ĂŠtes-vous prĂŞt Ă  montrer au Canada comment la musique vous façonne ?

Consultez les détails afin de voir si cette occasion est pour vous !

Pour en savoir plus :

-source: RBCxMusic

Digital Originals: Micro innovation grants / Connexion création: Microsubventions pour l’innovation

“Countless artistic activities have been cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19, but countless creations have also reached an impressive online audience.

The Canada Council and CBC/Radio-Canada’s Digital Originals initiative supports and amplifies this new, strong, and innovative online relationship between audiences and artists from Canada.

What is the Digital Originals initiative?

Digital Originals is a new initiative to help artists, arts groups, and organizations pivot their work for online sharing.

Artists, groups or organizations can either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Originals offers a $5,000 micro innovation grant from the Canada Council.

Funded projects will be housed on a dedicated CBC/Radio-Canada website. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada will feature selected projects for showcase on at least one of its digital CBC/Radio-Canada platforms.

Selected projects for the curated CBC-Radio/Canada showcase will receive a supplemental amount of $1000.

With the sponsorship of the RBC Foundation, as part of their ongoing activities to support youth in Canada, $150,000 in Digital Originals funding is available for new and early career artists.”

For more information, please visit:

Connexion création: Microsubventions pour l’innovation

“Si d’innombrables activitĂ©s artistiques ont Ă©tĂ© annulĂ©es ou reportĂ©es en raison de la COVID-19, une multitude de crĂ©ations ont aussi Ă©tĂ© diffusĂ©es en ligne auprès d’un public grandissant.

L’initiative Connexion création appuie et amplifie cette nouvelle relation entre le public et les artistes du Canada, une relation solide et novatrice.

L’initiative Connexion crĂ©ation : qu’est-ce que c’est?

Connexion création est une nouvelle initiative qui aide les artistes, les groupes et les organismes artistiques à orienter leurs œuvres vers le partage en ligne.

Les artistes, groupes et organismes peuvent soit adapter des œuvres existantes, soit créer de nouvelles œuvres pour les diffuser de façon numérique au public canadien durant la pandémie de la COVID-19.

Connexion crĂ©ation offre des microsubventions pour l’innovation de 5 000 $, versĂ©es par le Conseil des arts du Canada.

Les projets financés seront hébergés sur un site web de CBC/Radio-Canada prévu à cet effet. De plus, CBC/Radio-Canada sélectionnera des projets qui seront mis en vedette dans au moins une de ses plateformes numériques.

Les candidats dont les projets ont Ă©tĂ© retenus pour cette prĂ©sentation spĂ©ciale de CBC/Radio-Canada recevront une somme supplĂ©mentaire de 1 000 $.

Grâce Ă  une commandite de la Fondation RBC, offerte dans le cadre de ses efforts soutenus pour appuyer la jeunesse canadienne, 150 000 $ de plus seront offerts sous forme de subventions aux nouveaux artistes et aux artistes en dĂ©but de carrière.”

Pour en savoir plus:

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada

Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund (Toronto)

The Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund supports partnerships and collaborations that create new opportunities and visibility for Indigenous-led arts and culture. The fund aims to spark new relationships between Indigenous artists, arts and culture leaders and professionals, and potential partners at both the grassroots and institutional levels.

Toronto has been an important site for gathering, trading and celebration for Indigenous people for thousands of years. It is the treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and its land and waters have been stewarded by the Haudenosaunee, the Huron Wendat and the Anishinaabe. Toronto continues to be home to many diverse Indigenous peoples, whose artistic and creative contributions are vital to the fabric of the city. The City of Toronto recognizes the rich Indigenous history of this land, and our responsibility in fostering strong relations between the municipality and the First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis people who call Toronto home.

The application deadline for the Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund has been extended to July 24 at 5 p.m. 

For more information, please visit:

-from the City of Toronto