Funding Parameters — Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations

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The Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors is meant to complement other measures put in place by the Government of Canada, including the Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative, the Tourism Relief Fund, the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Business Account, and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy.

Objective of the Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations

Administered by the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF), the Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations is designed to help alleviate the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through targeted recovery support for Canadian not-for-profit organizations in the professional arts presentation sector that own or operate presentation venues and are experiencing significant viability and business continuity challenges.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include:


  • Organizations that own or operate commercial spaces and venues are not eligible.
  • In general, organizations that are supported by the Canada Music Fund’s (CMF) Emergency Support for Canada’s Live Music Sector 2021-2022 (Stream 1), through FACTOR for the Anglophone market and Musicaction for the Francophone market, are not eligible to the CAPF Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations, except if they own or operate a multidisciplinary arts presentation venue. In such cases, please inform the CAPF regional office at the time of submitting your application under the Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations, so that our program advisors can conduct a more comprehensive assessment of your eligibility.

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for the Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations has been extended to Monday, December 13, 2021, 23:59 PST.


The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for determining the eligibility of the applicants.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must demonstrate that the organization suffered a 50% or greater loss of earned revenue (i.e., box office, venue rentals, concession sales, etc.) in a 12-month period ending on or before August 31, 2021, compared to the same period in the most recent pre‑COVID year (i.e., the fiscal year ending between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020).

How is funding calculated

Eligible expenses

Ineligible expenses

Funding must not be used:

How to Apply

Application process

Applicants are required to submit their documentation by email to the nearest Canadian Heritage regional office.

Application processing time

The program will seek to notify applicants of a decision within 12 weeks (from receipt of a completed application to notification of decision).

Funding decisions

Please note that decisions regarding eligibility and funding amounts are final.

How funding is provided

The Department will determine if the funding will be disbursed as a grant or as a contribution.

Funding conditions

This funding is subject to the funding conditions outlined in the regular CAPF published guidelines, and to the following additional conditions:

Public Health Guidance

We expect that you will act in compliance with applicable statutes, laws, bylaws, regulations, orders, codes, standards, directives and guidelines governing the activities for which funding is being sought, including those related to public health and safety due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy St
Gatineau QC  K1A 0M5

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Our Program Advisors are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET).

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