Arts councils offer hundreds of funding programs supporting a variety of artistic disciplines. Explore the links below to gain a better understanding of how arts councils work and what they fund. Invest the time to understand what makes applications successful before applying for arts council support.

Please note that arts councils that provide funding are different from community arts councils (see Services for more info) that offers services and networking opportunities at a local or regional level.

Arts Nova Scotia
Arts Nova Scotia is the provincial funding agency that provides support to professional artists and arts organizations, arts education programs and a number of arts awards and prizes. Governed by an 11 member board of directors, Arts Nova Scotia is an arm’s length agency of the Nova Scotia Department of
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The BC Arts Council (BCAC) was created in 1995 as an agency of the Province of British Columbia under the Arts Council Act. The BCAC nurtures and supports arts and cultural activity in communities across British Columbia. From community arts in rural and urban centres, to individual artists, professional performing
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Canada Council for the Arts is the largest funding body for the arts in Canada, with $246 million in grants offered in 2018/2019 to 2,736 Canadian creatives. CCA offers grants and prizes to Canadians working in the arts, in the areas of creation, production, presenting, professional development, residency, travel, arts
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Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) supports, throughout Québec, creation, experimentation, production and dissemination in the realms of the visual arts, the arts and crafts, literature, the performing arts, the multidisciplinary arts, cinema and video, the digital arts and architectural research. CALQ also seeks to broaden the
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Edmonton Arts Council
The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life through activities that: Invest in Edmonton festivals, arts organizations and individual artists through
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First Peoples' Cultural Council
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Indigenous languages, arts, culture and heritage in British Columbia. We provide funding and resources to communities, monitor the status of First Nations languages and develop policy recommendations for First Nations leadership
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Kingston Arts Council
The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is the region’s primary resource for arts information and support.
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Manitoba Arts Council
The Manitoba Arts Council is an arm’s-length agency of the Province of Manitoba, established in 1965 “to promote the study, enjoyment, production and performance of works in the arts.” The Council makes awards to professional arts organizations and individuals in all art forms including theatre, literature, dance, music, painting, sculpture,
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The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) engages, connects, promotes, champions and helps develop opportunities for artists of all disciplines, ages and abilities from diverse communities to help grow the arts and culture sector in Mississauga. Since its inception in 1981, MAC facilitates partnerships, encourages collaboration and provides awards for healthy competition
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New Brunswick Arts Board
Established in 1991, the New Brunswick Arts Board is an independent, bilingual, arm’s length organization composed of nine board members balancing gender, the five regions of the province, the various linguistic and First Nations communities, as well as the many artistic disciplines.
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Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
ArtsNL is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional
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NWT Arts Council
The NWT Arts Council was established August 1985, as an advisory board to the GNWT. The mandate of the NWT Arts Council is to promote the arts in the Northwest Territories. The Arts Council provides recommendations to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment on financial awards for creative artistic
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Ottawa Arts Council
The Ottawa Arts Council is a bilingual service organization that advances, promotes and advocates for the arts in Ottawa.
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Saskatchewan Arts Board
Established in 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, now operating as SK Arts, is the oldest public arts funder in North America, and second oldest in the world after the Arts Council of Great Britain. Governed by The Arts Board Act, 1997, we provide grants, programs, and services to individuals and
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Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has played a major role in the city’s cultural industries by supporting a very broad range of artistic activity. From the emerging artist to the most established, from celebrated institutions to
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Winnipeg Arts Council
The Winnipeg Arts Council Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation with charitable status, charged by the City of Winnipeg to distribute funding to arts organizations and artists, to manage the City’s Public Art Policy, and to champion development of the arts for the people of Winnipeg. As a pre-eminent city-building organization, the
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