$25,000 to Black Professional Artists and Writers for Artistic and Literary Projects

Grants of up to $25,000 to Quebec professional artists and writers, as well as groups of artists and writers, for artistic and literary projects. Grantees must either be immigrants or be part of at least one minority community, i.e. of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, or mixed racial heritage.

Artists may work in the following artistic fields: circus arts, digital arts, cinema and video, multidisciplinary arts, visual arts, popular song, storytelling, dance, literature, arts and crafts, music, architectural research, and theatre.

Projects submitted must fulfill at least one of the following objectives:

1. Support artistic projects that contribute to the professional development of artists who are recent immigrants or are members of a visible minority community.

2. Encourage efforts to achieve full participation in Québec’s professional artistic and literary sectors, taking integration barriers into account.

3. Encourage the realization of projects that foster access for Quebeckers to artistic works and productions from professional artists and writers representative of cultural diversity.

Eligible projects and expenses can be found at: 

Eligibility is restricted to professional artists and writers representative of cultural diversity working in the following artistic fields: circus arts, digital arts, cinema and video, multidisciplinary arts, visual arts, popular song, storytelling, dance, literature, arts and crafts, music, architectural research and theatre.

To be eligible, the applicant must:
– Be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant as contemplated in section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, normally reside in Québec, and have resided there for at least the preceding 12 months.
– Applicants who have resided outside Québec for two or more years are considered ineligible for the Conseil’s programs, unless they have maintained their status as a Québec resident. In this instance, it is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate his eligibility by submitting proof of participation in Québec’s health insurance plan, as administered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

He must also satisfy either of the following criteria:
– Be a professional immigrant artist or writer and have been born outside Québec and Canada.
– Be a member of a visible minority community, i.e. of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American or mixed racial heritage. Mixed racial heritage means belonging to one or more of the above groups.

Moreover, to be eligible, applicants must satisfy either of the following criteria:
– Have participated in at least one production outside of his training, in a context recognized by his peers.
– Have produced and disseminated at least one work of art publicly in a place and/or context recognized by his peers outside of his training.

Ineligibility:
– Candidates who fail to submit a grant report for more than three months following project completion.
– Legally incorporated groups.
– Project already completed.
– Projects that have already been rejected by the Conseil.
– Incomplete applications.

Apply anytime. An application must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the project start date to be deemed eligible. The date of submission online or the postmark is deemed to be the date of receipt of the application.

The Conseil will inform the applicant of its decision approximately three months after the application deadline or submission date. If the application is unsuccessful and the applicant is not registered for Mon Dossier CALQ, the Conseil will communicate its decision in writing.

If you have any questions after reading the program or if there is anything else you would like to clarify, please email or phone the program manager. The manager can also provide information and advice on how to present your project and what to include in your application.

An application from a group of artists or writers to undertake a common project must be submitted by a single artist applicant. The artist applicant must satisfy the program’s conditions for eligibility. If the application is successful, the grant will be disbursed to the artist applicant who, as the grant recipient and the group representative, will be responsible for project management and budget oversight.

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