Government of Canada – Programming: Presenter Support Organizations – Canada Arts Presentation Fund (2022)


The Presenter Support Organizations sub-component provides financial assistance to organizations that offer activities and services to arts presenters (professional arts festivals and performing arts series presenters) in order to strengthen the arts presentation sector.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 25% of eligible expenses or a maximum of $100,000 per fiscal year in the case of grants or $200,000 per year in the case of contributions.

On rare occasions, for projects offered in communities facing unusual barriers that cannot be overcome without substantial assistance, or for artistic disciplines that are underserved, funding can go up to 50% of eligible expenses.

The average level of support ranges from 7% to 17% of eligible expenses, depending on the region.
Total government funding cannot exceed 90% of the total project-related costs.


The applicant must be:

  • be a not-for-profit organization incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act or the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (or under corresponding provincial or territorial legislation),
  • be a provincial, territorial or municipal institution (including agencies and public educational institutions that organize presentation activities for the public), or
  • be an Indigenous peoples institution or organization (Indigenous peoples include Inuit, Métis, Status and Non Status people),
  • have been in existence for at least one year and have as their core focus the strengthening of arts presentation in Canada,
  • offer activities and services that meet the following goals:
  • provide arts presenters with access to a variety of artistic choices;
  • provide artists with access to arts presenters (specialized and multidisciplinary);
  • reinforce the Canadian arts presentation circuits; and
  • further practical arts presentation knowledge.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit a complete application package, including

  1. the General Application Form,
  2. a Budget Template: Revenues and Expenses,
  3. sample professional artist contract or letter of agreement used by their organization,
  4. promotional materials (brochures, programs or reports of past events),
  5. the organizational chart including a list of permanent employees,
  6. the list of board members, their professional occupations and the list of volunteer committees,
  7. current planning documents, if available,
  8. a board resolution authorizing this application and designating the person with signing authority (duly signed by the board chair or president of your organization),
  9. the curriculum vitae of the executive director,
  10. copy of the letters of patent and their amendments or the corporate charter,
  11. the most recent financial statements (audited financial statements for organizations having previously received a contribution from the CAPF in the amount of $250,000 or more; or new applicants with an operating budget greater than $500,000, and non-audited financial statements for organizations having previously received a contribution from the CAPF in the amount of less than $250,000; or new applicants with an operating budget of $500,000 or less),
  12. the completed Schedule of Completed Activities/Service and Actual Results, only for first-time applicants,
  13. a one-page history of their organization, only for first-time applicants.

Other Things to Note:

  1. The CAPF has two main components – Programming and Development. The CAPF Programming component has two streams: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters; and Presenter Support Organizations.
  2. Application deadline: April 1st for projects which will occur after April 1st of the following year. When an application falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

Program Contact:

Programming: Presenter Support Organizations – Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Application Guidelines – Programming: Presenter Support Organizations

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