The Canada Arts Council International Circulation and Touring Grant funds activities linked to artistic exchange and networking for Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants help build international exposure and increase the visibility of Canadian artists and their works abroad. International presenters, partners or host organizations must pay performance or exhibition fees to the presented artists, groups or organizations.

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.


To be eligible for this grant:

  • Circulation or touring of artists, exhibitions, or artistic works must be to 1 or more international locations
  • Cross-border Canada/United States tours must have a majority of events in the US

International presenters, partners or host organizations must contribute financially to the tour. This can include the payment of performance or exhibition fees, providing a share of the admission fees or box office sales and, in exceptional circumstances, a contribution to accommodation or other touring costs.

Projects that are self-presented or self-promoted are NOT eligible.

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, and Canadian and international visual arts 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.