Type of Program:



The Grow component of the five-year Strategic Innovation Fund (2021-2026) provides multi-year support for a limited number of longer-term, collaborative initiatives that propose sustainable solutions to sectoral or cross-sectoral issues and demonstrate strong potential to be scaled up for regional, national or international impact.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a grant of up to $1,000,000.

When It Ends:



April 13, 2022


Applicants must:

  • be artistic organizations,
  • be First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations,
  • have a partner.

The lead applicant must be a Canadian organization and eligible to apply to the Fund, as determined by their validated profile created in the portal. Project partners do not require a Canada Council profile. Organizations presently receiving core grants are eligible to apply to this component.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


submit their proposal through a call for Expression of Interest on or before the deadline date (Stage 1),


fully develop their proposal, formally apply through the Council’s portal, and participate in an interview with the evaluation committee, if invited to (Stage 2).

Documentation Needed:

Applicants invited to submit Stage 2 applications, need to provide the following:

  1. 1
    Information about the lead applicant, including:
  • mandate and relevant experience,
  • the key people leading the project.
  1. 2
    Information about their partners, including:
  • relevant experience,
  • governance model for the project,
  • letters of agreement.
  1. 3
    Information about their project, including:
  • potential beneficiaries,
  • short, medium, and long-term outcomes with key performance indicators,
  • your timeline,
  • service providers, if relevant,
  • executive summaries or recommendations from relevant research or reports (feasibility studies, needs analysis, survey results, etc.) that help outline the problem and their proposed solution.
  1. 4
    Their proposed business model and budget:
  • their project budget,
  • their business model for ensuing long-term sustainability,
  • their confirmed and anticipated sources of private or public financial support.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    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.
  2. 2
    The Fund includes three main components to help seed, cultivate and grow your idea.
  3. 3
    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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