Canada Council Fine Craft Grants for Canadian Artisans & Artists

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Canada Council for the Arts

Fine Craft: Grants to Artists and Curators

Transition to 2017 – Important Information

In April of 2017 the Canada Council will launch its New Funding Model. At that time all of our current funding programs will be retired and 6 new funding programs will be introduced. In anticipation of this transition the deadlines for many existing programs have been moved. Some deadlines have also been canceled. To see all the revised deadlines for our current funding programs and to learn about other important updates:

Visit our new funding model page

The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.

Grant Amount: $20,000

Program Description

The Fine Craft: Grants to Artists and Curators program supports studio-based artistic practices and curatorial research in contemporary fine crafts. Grants cover artists’ subsistence costs as well as the direct expenses for a period of independent research, creation, production of artworks for public exhibitions or development of prototypes.


Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017.

Grant Amount

The maximum grant amount that you can receive from this program is $20,000.

Grants can be used for a period of independent research and creation of a body of work; the development of prototypes; participation in artists’ residencies and specialized professional development activities (such as workshops or specialized training); as well as production of work for confirmed public exhibitions in Canada and/or abroad, in a professional visual arts context.


Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.

You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation.

To meet the definition of a professional fine craft artist or curator, you must also have:

  • maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years after specialized training.
  • produced an independent body of work
  • for an artist: had at least three public presentations of your work in a professional context over a three-year period
  • for a curator: curated at least three exhibitions or public presentations of contemporary fine crafts in a professional context over a three-year period.

Further Information

José Niaison
Program Officer
Visual Arts Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5269

TTY: 1-866-585-5559


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