Type of Program:



The Research and Creation component of Explore and Create supports the initial stages of the creative process. Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations can apply to develop and make creative works. Grants provide support for creative research, creation and project development.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a grant of up to $25 000 per year, to a maximum of $50 000 over 2 years.
Most grants are no more than $25 000. Higher amounts are exceptionally awarded to projects that extend beyond 12 months.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • be artists, curators and writers,
  • be artistic groups and collectives,
  • be artistic organizations
  • apply for support for:
  • creative research,
  • creation,
  • project development, including residencies.

Those who currently hold a Concept to Realization composite grant, cannot apply for a Research and Creation project that overlaps in time with the composite grant.

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, artist fees and safe working conditions, the timeline, the budget and about the partners or host organizations (for residencies),
  2. 2
    a recent sample of previous work(s) or the work-in-progress, if applicable,
  3. 3
    biographies and letters of confirmation from collaborators, if any.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Application limits – one can apply to this component twice per year (1 March – 28/29 February).
  2. 2
    The Council is injecting an additional $66 million (new funding allocated by the government) in the Research and Creation and Concept to Realization components.

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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