FUNDING OF UP TO $6,000,000 TO SUPPORT artists in Canada!

The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) supports arts training in Canada. The CATF provides financial support for the ongoing operations of Canadian arts organizations that specialize in training artists for professional national or international artistic careers, at the highest levels.

Funding overview 

The total financial assistance received from the Canada Arts Training Fund and other levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 90% of the total project expenditures.

Get funded up to 70% of eligible expenses or up to a maximum of $6,000,000 per fiscal year. Indigenous and ethnocultural arts training institutions, get funded up to 80% of eligible expenses or up to a maximum of $6,000,000 per fiscal year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • be incorporated in Canada as a non-profit organization;
  • exist primarily to provide professional arts training, or have established professional arts training as an integral component of your overall activities;
  • offer training activities in Canada that clearly align with program objectives;
  • demonstrate that the training for which funding is requested is not funded as a provincial post-secondary education activity. For example, arts organizations who operate independently from a provincial / territorial educational program, are governed by their own Board of directors and administer their own budget;
  • receive support for at least 30% of costs related to the training work, from sources other than the Canada Arts Training Fund, such as tuition, other levels of government, fundraising (20% for Indigenous and ethnocultural organizations);
  • be directed by recognized professionals in the discipline in which training is provided. While you may operate other concurrent activities for different purposes, the training program should be staffed with professionals from that artistic discipline;
  • have sufficient administrative capacity to support organizational objectives and to comply with funding conditions;
  • have delivered for a minimum of three consecutive years the professional training program and have maintained full time administrative operations in support of the training program;
  • have a track record of significant artistic achievement at the national level, with graduates having a national impact and achieving wide recognition in their discipline; often in a leadership capacity within their artistic field, for example a principal dancer, choreographer, artistic director, lead actor, musician, circus artists, playwright, composer, visual artists;
  • be accessible to Canadians through a national, competitive admission process available in both of Canada's official languages, including a bilingual website and information material, and a bilingual audition process. An exception will be made for training programs in a language-specific art form such as theatre. Exceptions may also be made for training programs involving students aged 10 to 19 years, where the accompanying academic education is offered in only one language; and
  • have a national student body with at least 20% of its student body from regions outside the training area.

Eligible Activities

  • artistic and administrative salaries, fees and benefits;
  • curriculum development and training delivery;
  • student support;
  • audition fees;
  • travel (in accordance with the National Joint Council’s Travel Directive);
  • marketing and publicity;
  • fundraising;
  • administrative expenses;
  • facility costs such as rent/mortgage;
  • maintenance costs;
  • office supplies; and
  • professional development for staff.


June 30, 2023

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