Program Type




Type of Aid

• Grant

Financial Aid



COVID specifications: Please refer to this document.

This program seeks to promote artistic excellence, foster the development of the practice of artists and curators, and encourage a diversity of practices and new approaches to creation.


  • Only individuals who carry out on their own an activity covered are eligible for financial aid.

  • Previous applicants to CALQ programs are automatically eligible for this program.

  • First time applicants must have participated in at least one production independent of or subsequent to education, have produced and disseminated at least one work of art publicly, or have published, at least one book or three texts in a literary genre eligible for the CALQ in a context recognized by peers.

  • Applicants cannot have more than five separate applications and receive a maximum of five grants per CALQ fiscal year, from April 1st to March 31st

  • Applicants cannot have more than three projects being considered, supported or under way at the same time.

  • Eligible projects:
  • Production of a work or body of work.

  • Production of unique works or copies.

  • Commissions of works.

  • Creation residencies.

  • Adaptation of a work for new media.

  • Ineligible projects:
  • Project produced by or with a corporation or a partnership of which the applying artist is a shareholder or partner; project produced by or with a non-profit organization of which the applying artist is an employee.

  • Public art project produced as part of the order-in-council regarding the policy of integrating art into the architecture and environment of government and public buildings and sites.

  • Project for a commissioned work with associated organizations whose mandate is primarily to host artists for production or on-site creation residencies.

  • Project to produce a work commissioned by the private sector.

  • Creation of works with strictly didactic or historical content.

  • In architectural research, a project for the construction and execution of permanent improvements.

  • Architectural research project involving solely restoration.

  • In film and video arts, stages after the final copy of the work, such as the manufacture of release prints, promotional materials and the distribution of the work..

  • Project commissioned for television.

  • Project related to television series and video clip.

Eligible Expenses

  • Candidate’s remuneration.

  • Fees for participating artists and partners, excluding the applicant.

  • Research expenses.

  • Development expenses, such as renting a studio or workshop, purchasing supplies and renting equipment.

  • Rehearsal expenses.

  • Costs for photos and rehearsal videos that document the process.

  • Expenses for a creation residency.

  • Reasonable travel and living expenses for the project: maximum of $125 per day per participant in Canada and $200 per day per participant outside Canada.

Supporting Documents