Type of Program:



The Cultivate component of the five-year Strategic Innovation Fund (2021-2026) provides project grants to implement, pilot and protype innovation projects that address systemic issues and benefit the broader arts sector.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a grant of up to $250,000.

When It Ends:

Intake opens in February 2022


May 11, 2022
November 16, 2022


Applicants must:

  • be artists and arts professionals, 
  • be cultural connectors,
  • be artistic groups and collectives,
  • be artistic organizations,
  • be First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, arts/cultural professionals, cultural carriers, groups, collectives, and organizations,
  • have a partner.

Organizations presently receiving core grants are eligible to 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 during the intake period, before the application deadline.

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified. Check their website for the program guidelines.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Applications will be accepted as of February 2022 through the Council’s funding portal.
    Apply by May 11, 2022 for a decision by the end of September 2022.
    Apply by November 16, 2022 for a decision by the end of March 2023.
  2. 2
    The five-year Strategic Innovation Fund aims to strengthen and transform the arts sector. The Fund supports rebuilding and transformation projects and partnerships that contribute to a more resilient, sustainable, connected, accessible, and equitable arts sector. 
  3. 3
    The Fund includes three main components to help seed, cultivate and grow your idea.
  4. 4
    From 2021 to 2026, the Council will invest $200+ million in an innovative rebuilding of the arts sector. Our Strategic Innovation Fund will offer you access to grants, partnerships, outreach events and resources. The aim is to build the capacity of artists, arts professionals, arts groups, collectives and organizations to try new ideas, share knowledge, find networks, create prototypes and scale up ambitious solutions.

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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