Type of Program:



The Circulation and Touring component of Arts Abroad funds activities linked to artistic exchange and networking for Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants help build international exposure and increase the visibility of Canadian artists and their works abroad. International presenters, partners or host organizations must pay performance or exhibition fees to the presented artists, groups or organizations.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a grant, generally up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $200,000.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must be:

  • artists and curators,
  • artistic groups and collectives,
  • artistic organizations,
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists, groups, collectives and not-for-profit organizations,
  • media arts distribution centres and festivals,
  • Canadian and international visual arts festivals.

Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply to this component. 

Applications Steps:


The applicant must register in the portal at least 30 days before applying.


Applicant's eligibility is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.


Applications must be submitted any time before the start date of their project/activity.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must provide:

  1. 1
    information about their project and its potential impact, itinerary, and their budget,
  2. 2
    at least 1 invitation, letter of intent or firm commitment,
  3. 3
    samples of the work(s) to be toured/circulated or a sample of similar work(s).

Other Things to Note:

Application limits – each year (1 March – 28/29 February), one can apply to this component 4 times and receive maximum combined grants of $200 000. One can submit more than one application per deadline.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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