Type of Program:



Digital Generator is a short-term initiative to support Canadian arts groups, collectives, and organizations to build their digital capacity and transform their business model and operations.
This initiative offers 2 streams.

Stream 1 provides support to:

  1. 1
    measure the digital readiness of your group or organization (for example digital maturity assessment),
  2. 2
    identify the digital gaps and possibilities for your group or organization (for example digital needs assessment, digital security assessment, technical audit),
  3. 3
    create a plan for leveraging digital opportunities (for example digital strategic plan, discoverability plan, business model redesign),
  4. 4
    create a plan for increasing the digital public accessibility of your group or organization and work (for example digital accessibility audit, plan for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines [WCAG] compliance),
  5. 5
    increase the digital skills of your staff (e.g. workshops, training),
  6. 6
    conduct research or undertake planning for the creation and governance of shared digital resources (for example consultation, business model design, governance plan).

Stream 2 provides support to:

  1. 1
    implement recommendations resulting from a digital assessment, audit or plan that are designed to transform your operations and increase the digital capacity of your group or organization,
  2. 2
    implement and develop shared digital resources that benefit more than one group or organization.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a grant covering 100% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $40,000.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • artistic groups and collectives,
  • artistic organizations,
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups, collectives and organizations.

Organizations presently receiving core grants are eligible to apply to this initiative.

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 the project.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must provide:

  1. 1
    information about their project and its potential impact, their timeline, and their budget,
  2. 2
    information about the proposed consultant, expert, or training provider, or information about how they plan to identify and select an appropriate service provider.

Other Things to Note:

Application limits:

  1. 1
    One can receive a maximum of 1 grant from this stream. 
  2. 2
    One can apply to this stream twice in one year (1 March – 28/29 February). However, applicants can only submit a new application once they have received the results for their previous application.
  3. 3
    Applications to this initiative do not count towards the maximum number of applications that can be submitted to the Canada Council each year (from 1 March – 28/29 February).
  4. 4
    This grant does not count towards the number of project grants needed to be eligible for a Canada Council core or composite grant.

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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