Canada Arts Presentation Fund

COVID-19 and support measures for the culture, history and sport sectors

Learn about the immediate action the Government of Canada is taking to provide support measures and financial relief for the culture, heritage and sport sectors.

Change to funding deadline: In light of the current situation related to COVID-19, the April 1, 2020, deadline for submitting an application to the Programming Support Component of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund is extended to May 15, 2020. Please consult the following funding webpages for details: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters, and Presenters Support Organizations.

Please note that applications to the Development Support Component of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund can be submitted at any time.

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series (arts presenters) and organizations that offer support to arts presenters.

Through the CAPF, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. Each year, the CAPF supports approximately 600 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to art presentation, in more than 250 cities or communities across Canada.

The CAPF has two main components – Programming and Development. The CAPF Programming component has two streams: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters; and Presenter Support Organizations.

You can consult the Grouped Arts Evaluation: Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and Canada Cultural Investment Fund 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Budget 2019 Supplemental Funding in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021

As announced in the 2019 Federal Budget, the CAPF received an additional $16 million for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 to support the delivery of more arts events across the country. This investment provided additional support for professional arts festivals, performing arts series presenters, and presenter support organizations, as well as new arts presenters in under-served regions. This additional funding enabled more Canadians to see, hear and celebrate the talents of Canadian artists and have access to artistic experiences that reflect Canada’s diversity. It also helped promote the talents of Canadian artists in more communities across the country.

The application deadlines under the Programming Component for activities in 2020-21 are now closed. New applicants may still be considered under the Development Component for activities taking place between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Read more about this funding opportunity at Supplemental Funding in 2020-2021

Programming

Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters

This stream provides support to existing professional arts festivals and performing arts series presenters, to offer a variety of professional artistic experiences to Canadians.

Read more about who can apply for funding through Programming: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters.

Presenter Support Organizations

This stream provides support to existing presenter support organizations, to assist with activities and services that help arts presenters to evolve professionally in their field.

Read more about who can apply for funding through Programming: Presenter Support Organizations.

Development

This component provides support for the emergence of arts presenters and presenter support organizations for under-served communities or artistic practices.

NEW: Recognizing the uniqueness and value of Indigenous cultural expression and the richness that cultural diversity brings to the quality of life, we have expanded the eligibility criteria for this component to include unincorporated organizations, as well as, ad hoc groups from racialized and Indigenous communities.

Note: An organization cannot apply to the "Programming" component and the "Development" component in the same year for its regular programming activities.

Read more about who can apply for funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund's Development component.

Funding opportunity with the Creative Export Envelope

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) is offering supplemental support to existing CAPF recipients that contribute to a favourable environment for Canadian cultural export by promoting Canadian artists to international markets.

Read more about this funding opportunity at Creative Export Envelope funding opportunity

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