Canada Council for the Arts – Translation Component of Arts Abroad


The Translation component of Arts Abroad funds the translation of Canadian literary works or dramatic works for international presentation or publication.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a grant of up to $20,000 for each translation.

Application Assistance funding is available for persons who are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:

  • an artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness;
  • a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.


Applicants must be:

  • international literary publishers and theatre organizations,
  • theatre and multidisciplinary groups and collectives,
  • theatre companies and dramaturgical organizations,
  • multidisciplinary organizations.

Theatre organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants can apply to this component. Other organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants cannot apply

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must provide:

  1. Information about their project and its potential impact, and their budget,
  2. Information about their promotion plan, for literary translations,
  3. A copy of the original book or script,
  4. The translator’s biography,
  5. and for literary works a signed copy of a contract with the Canadian publisher, author, literary agent or translation rights holder.

Other Things to Note:

Application limits – One can receive grants for up to 2 translations per year (1 March – 28/29 February).

Program Contact:


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