The Canada Arts Council Circulation and Touring Grant funds touring and exhibition activities of Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants support the presentation and exhibition of performances and works by Canadian artists which build national exposure and reach Canadian audiences.

You can apply for this funding at any point before the start of your project, but there are cut-off dates in May, September, and December each year for consideration for funding. Successful applicants will be notified in September (for the May cut-off), January (for the September cut-off), and April (for the December cut-off). Eligible artists, individuals, and organizations can apply to have 50% of applicable costs covered, up to a maximum of $200,000.


Destinations must be at least 250 kilometers from your place of departure for:

  • the circulation or touring of artists, exhibitions or artistic works to 3 or more Canadian destinations (art exhibitions must include at least 2 destinations outside your home province or territory)
  • cross-border Canada/United States tours with the majority of events in Canada
  • self-presentation and/or circulation and touring to fewer than 3 Canadian destinations, if you provide a strong market development rationale or outreach strategy

You can’t apply for activities that occur before the deadline date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Artists and curators, artistic groups and collectives, artistic organizations, First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists, groups, collectives and not-for-profit organizations, media arts distribution centres and festivals are all eligible for this funding. Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants CAN apply to this component.

How to Apply

Applications are made directly through the Canada Council Website, but PLEASE NOTE: you will need to create an account and submit one or more profile(s) for validation at least 30 days before you want to apply.