A – Grants & Programs

Look for more complete information and application forms on each organization’s website. Please confirm deadlines before applying; Taking the Leap is not responsible for missed deadlines.

Bravo!FACT has distributed $6 million in grants for the production of nearly 600 films and video shorts across the country. A Bravo!FACT grant covers up to half of a project’s total cost, the remainder of which can be made up of deferrals and donations. Funding is reserved for new projects and selected works will be broadcast on Bravo!
Deadlines: September, December, March, June.

Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts supports, promotes and celebrates the work of Canadian artists and arts organizations.
Grants: Within the Dance Section, professional development and creation grants contribute towards the costs of travel, tuition, educational materials, accommodation, subsistence, attendance at performances and in-studio research. Other grants include: production grants, travel grants and apprenticeship/mentorship grants. The Inter-Arts Office funds performance art, new artistic practices and interdisciplinary projects.
Eligibility: Open to professional artists who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Choreographers must have presented at least three works publicly in a period of three consecutive years.
Deadlines: February 1st (grants to dance professionals), check website for other program deadlines.

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)
This provincial government crown corporation is devoted to the development and dissemination of the arts by offering, grants and bursaries to artists and arts organizations.
Grants: A grant for Upcoming Artists has been created to support emerging artists and artists’ groups with research, creation and exploration projects, advanced training or travel. Development grants are devoted to research and creation, development and advanced training, studio and apartment rental or travel. They are not specifically dedicated to emerging artists but they are accessible to them. Production grants are less accessible to emerging artists.
Eligibility: An Upcoming Artist must have less than five years of artistic practice on the date of registration. The Development grants category is for artists with over two years of artistic practice. All artists who apply must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have lived in Québec for at least 12 months.

Jeunes Volontaires, Emploi-Québec
This organization aims to prepare Québec’s youth for the job market by allowing them to gain experience, acquire skills, discover new aptitudes, and make professional contacts. Make contact with your Centre Local d’Emploi (CLE) to apply.
Grants: Projects last between 3 and 12 months, involving a maximum of 7 participants. Each participant gets $300 per month and the project leader receives a production stipend of $150 per month per participant.
Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 29, and on welfare, E.I. or working less than 20 hours per week.

Members of Parliament
www.canada.gc.ca/home.html (national)
www.assnat.qc.ca (provincial)
ville.montreal.qc.ca (municipal)
The websites above will help you identify and locate your representatives in public office, who occasionally contribute small amounts of money to support artistic projects. Find their contact information and send them a persuasive letter of intent soliciting discretionary funds.

Fondation des offices Jeunesse Internationaux du Québec (OJIQ)
The OJIQ contributes to the professional and personal development of young Québec residents by supporting international exchange projects. The OJIQ encompasses the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse, the Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse, and the Office Québec-Wallonie-Bruxelles pour la jeunesse. In mai 2009, the government announced the creation of the Office Québec-Monde pour la jeunesse to broaden opportunities to work with countries or territories outside of the 3 existing Offices. Each Office offers project support, and lists internships and work opportunities abroad. To date, only the Office Québec-Amériques offers information in English.
Programmes: each Office has programmes which contribute to the costs of travel and subsistence. The Office Québec-Amériques has a programme called Portfolio which is specifically geared towards emerging artists.
Eligibility: Programs are open to residents of Québec between 18 and 35 years of age.

Prix de la relève – Caisse de la Culture du Conseil des arts de Montréal
This $5000 prize was inaugurated in 2009 to reward the efforts of young artists or professional organizations who have made a significant contribution to emerging artists. The prize is offered by the Caisse de la Culture, and is administered by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, as part of the Outiller la relève artistique montréalaise project.

Youth Employment Services (YES Montreal)

Yes is a not-for-profit organization providing English-language support services to help Québecers find employment and start businesses. Their small Artists’ Program offers a range of services to help artists develop tools, strategies and entrepreneurial skills to build sustainable and economically viable careers.
Grants: The annual Artistic Project Grant Contest offers winners $1000 toward the realization, promotion and/or presentation of an artistic project as well as one year of coaching, four free workshops and other prizes from YES. Two runners-up will receive one year of artist and business coaching, free workshops and other prizes from YES.
Eligibility: Canadian citizen, permanent resident or landed immigrant. Have less than 5 years of artistic practice. Not a full-time student.

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