Short-Term Projects Grants for Indigenous Artists fund First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional and aspiring artists, cultural carriers, arts/cultural professionals, groups, collectives and arts/culture organizations. Grants provide support for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities for projects lasting up to 12 months.

There are 4 due dates each year for applications for this type of grant (March, June, September, and December). Successful applicants will be notified in July/August (fort he March deadline), October (for the June deadline), January/February (for the September deadline), and April (for the December deadline).

Eligible artists and organizations can apply for this grant, up to $100,000.


Activities must be led by eligible First Nations, Inuit or Métis artists, cultural carriers or arts/cultural professionals. Activities may include participation of or collaboration with non-Indigenous artists.

You can apply for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities lasting up to 12 months, including but not limited to:

  • Creating– research; creation; production; critical discourse (including research or writing); residencies; collaborations
  • Knowing– mentorships; artistic training; community-based initiatives to engage young people through artistic practices; language preservation through artistic practices; intergenerational transmission of artistic knowledge; preservation of traditional knowledge through artistic practice; development of administrative, artistic, cultural or organizational capacity; research; collaborations
  • Sharing– local, regional, national or international exhibitions; implementation of dissemination strategy and organizational objectives; publishing activities; gathering events involving artistic practices; collaborations; marketing and publicity; presentations, festivals and showcase events; networking events involving artistic practices; outreach activities

If your application is for touring existing work, you must apply to the Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring or Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring components. You can’t apply for activities that occur before the deadline date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program component or those on the general list of ineligible activities.


The following people and organizations are eligible for this funding:

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis aspiring artists working under the mentorship of a professional artist
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts/cultural professionals
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural carriers
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis for-profit organizations that have been in operation for at least 2 years
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis not-for-profit organizations

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal. Organizations presently receiving core grants can apply to the Short-Term Project component for exceptional, non-recurring projects that fall outside of the type or scope of activities usually undertaken by the organization. You must have prior written approval from a Program Officer to apply.

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.