Canada Arts Council Travel Grants fund activities linked to Canadian presentation, exhibition, artistic collaboration, networking and building market opportunities for Canadian artists, arts professionals, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants provide support to participate in significant events, build a national presence and for festivals and presenters to conduct research for Canadian artistic programming.

You can apply for this funding at any point before the start of your project. Successful applicants will be notified usually within 3 months of submitting an application. Eligible artists, individuals, and organizations are able to receive up to $30,000 in Canada Council Travel Grants each year (March 1st – February 28th/29th).


Travel within Canada must be at least 300 kilometers from your place of departure, and by invitation.

Travel from an international departure to a Canadian destination must also be by invitation.

You can apply for single or several destinations within 1 trip to/for:

  • develop markets and networks (including participation in official showcases)
  • present artistic work
  • explore future artistic collaborations
  • build on an existing tour (for a single representative of a group or organization)
  • prospection for exhibition tours (directors and curators only)
  • participate in significant events
  • research artistic content for programming in Canadian festivals, exhibitions or presentations (does not require an invitation)

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


Artists and curators, arts professionals, cultural connectors and sector builders (Equity arts sector), artistic groups and collectives, artistic organizations, festivals, presenters and touring networks are all eligible to apply for Canada Council Travel Grants. 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.