Other support for artists and the creative community

Visual and media artists

Canada Council for the Arts

This is Canada's national arts funding agency. Its website provides information about the council's grants to media artists, including travel grants, and grants available to Aboriginal media artists. The council also administers a number of important awards and prizes.

Community Arts Councils

Arts councils in a number of municipalities and regions in Ontario are encouraging and promoting local arts and cultural activities and funding local organizations. Some offer grants or awards for artists. All have information of interest to local artists.

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery's Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research fellowships for art historians, critics, curators and writers in the field of Canadian Art. Some visual artists could find that their qualifications match the intent of the program.

Film and television

Cultural Human Resources Council

This organization offers a comprehensive guide of the most important awards and prizes, including for artists working in film and television, given by Canadian organizations.

Performing arts

Actors' Fund of Canada

The Actors' Fund of Canada is a charity, established in 1958, that provides financial assistance to performing arts and entertainment industry professionals who are in crisis.

Music sector organizations and agencies

Organizations and agencies that provide funding for artists in the music sector, including funding for domestic and international tours, recording, domestic and international showcase events, demos, videos, marketing and promotion include:

Theatre Ontario

This site offers a comprehensive guide of Ontario grants, prizes and awards for artists working in theatre and performing arts.

New media

Canadian New Media Awards

Canadian New Media Awards recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of individuals and companies in the Canadian new media industry.

Independent Media Arts Alliance

This national association of 82 artist-run organizations across Canada represents more than 12,000 artists and other cultural workers. Its website has a comprehensive list of public sector, private sector and broadcaster-related sources of funding for digital media productions.


Canadian Writers Foundation

Founded in 1931, the foundation helps writers when they fall on hard times and are in extreme financial distress.

Scotiabank Giller Prize

This is a literary prize of $50,000 awarded to a Canadian author of a novel or short story fiction collection published in English (including translation) the previous year, after an annual juried competition between publishers who submit entries. Of this, $40,000 is presented to the winning author and $2,500 each for the other four shortlisted nominees.

Crafts and design

Fusion: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

The FUSION Scholarship Endowment Fund provides assistance to worthy members in financial need who wish to continue their studies in the field of ceramics or glass.

Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts

This fund helps non-profit organizations undertake projects that contribute to the advancement of the crafts in Canada. It also helps Canadian visual arts organizations undertake projects that contribute to the advancement and understanding of the fine crafts in Canada. Individual fine crafts professionals can apply for support from the Research and Policy Development Assistance component of the program.

Ontario Crafts Council

The council offers student and craft professional members approximately $15,000 though an annual program of awards, scholarships and supply grants. It organizes its grants into scholarships, grants for excellence in any craft discipline and grants for specific craft disciplines.

Ontario Handweavers and Spinners

This organization has a number of scholarships and awards available annually.

Saidye Bronfman Award

This is Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the fine crafts. The $25,000 prize is awarded annually to an exceptional craftsperson. In addition, works by the recipient are acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization for its permanent collection. As of March 2007 the Saidye Bronfman Award will become an eighth Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, reserved exclusively for fine craft artists.

Winifred Shantz Award

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo assists those in the field of contemporary ceramics by awarding $10,000 annually to a potter or clay sculptor for innovative professional development.