Type of Program:



The Concept to Realization component of Explore and Create supports the full creative cycle – from the initial idea through to presentation, at any stage of the creative continuum. Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations can apply to create projects intended for presentation. Grants provide support for artistic research, creation, project development, remounts, production post-production and presentation.

One can apply for:

  1. 1
    a project grant for a single project,
  2. 2
    a composite grant for a 1-3 year grant for multiple projects.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a grant:

  • up to $60 000, exceptionally up to $100 000 for Project requests;
  • up to $60 000 per year, exceptionally up to $100 000 (see below) (to a maximum of $300 000 over 3 years) for Composite requests.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline for Project Grants
Next deadlines for Composite Grants to be determined


Applicants must:

  • be artists, 
  • be artistic groups and collectives,
  • be artistic organizations,
  • be visual arts publishers,
  • apply for support for creative research, project development, creation and production that result in:
  • a public presentation,
  • a confirmed exhibition,
  • a media arts or digital arts production ready for dissemination,
  • (an) artist book(s) for visual arts publishers or visual artists. Literary writing projects and self-publishing and author-subsidized publishing of literary works are not eligible.

To be eligible for a composite grant, you must have received at least 1 composite or 2 project grants from the Canada Council in the last 5 years. This excludes grants from the following components and programs: Professional Development, Small-Scale Activities, Travel, Representation and Promotion, Translation, Digital Strategy Fund, Leadership for Change: Grants to Organizational Development, Flying Squad, Visiting Foreign Artists, Creation Accelerator, Frankfurt initiatives, Digital Originals and the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund.

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. 

Individuals may be considered for prizes based on information submitted with their application and their applicant profile. If they do not want to be considered for prizes, email with OPT OUT in the subject line.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must provide:

  1. 1
     information about the project, its potential impact, the key artist(s) leading the project and short biographies, his plans for distribution, exhibition, dissemination and promotion, the artist fees and safe working conditions, the timeline, and the budget,
  2. 2
    samples of previous work(s) or the work-in-progress, 
  3. 3
    confirmation of support from partners, a presenter, producer, exhibitor or, if applicable, a co-production agreement;
  4. 4
    relevant document related to his project.

Other Things to Note:

Application limits:

  1. 1
    One can apply to this component twice per year (1 March – 28/29 February), but only 1 request can be for a composite grant.
  2. 2
    For project requests in this component – each year (1 March – 28/29 February) one can receive grants totalling a maximum of $100,000.
  3. 3
    If one currently receive funding from a Concept to Realization composite grant:
  • one cannot apply for a Concept to Realization project, nor a Research and Creation project, that overlaps in time with the composite grant.
  • one cannot apply for a new Concept to Realization composite grant that starts before the end date of your current composite grant; they cannot overlap in time.
  1. 4
    Applicants are allowed to submit an application before they have completed the projects or provided the final reports of previously funded grants. 

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.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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