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COVID-19 : Information and support for the arts sector
Please note, the Digital Strategy Fund is now closed for applications. For related funding see the Innovation Grants.
As part of its 2016-21 strategic plan, the Canada Council for the Arts committed to advancing the digital transformation of the arts sector with a Digital Strategy Fund.
While the Digital Strategy Fund is now closed, as part of the 2021-26 strategic plan, two new funding initiatives to support digital capacity building and transformation are being introduced. These will open in September 2021:
The Digital Strategy Fund grants helped Canadian artists, groups, and arts organizations understand the digital world, engage with it, and respond to the cultural and social changes it has produced.
The Canada Council continues to encourage strategic initiatives that share the values and principles of the digital world, including:
Between 2017 and 2021, the Canada Council invested $88.5M through this Fund.
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Project grants to support the arts sector in building digital knowledge, skills and capacity. It supports Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in their efforts to respond more effectively to the challenges, issues and opportunities of the digital era, develop and broaden their strategic digital thinking, and strengthen their ability to translate that thinking into sustainable, concrete actions.
Project grants to support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations to improve the public’s access, engagement and participation in the arts through digital means. It supports innovative digital initiatives that enhance the artistic experience of diverse publics, encourage the participation and engagement of citizens with the art, and increase discoverability and access to the works of Canadian artists, both at home and abroad.
Project grants to support the exploration, development, implementation or optimization of existing digital initiatives in order to help arts organizations transform the way they work in order to address challenges, seize opportunities and adapt to a networked and connected environment.
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You may have only just started your digital journey, and you’re unsure where to go next. Or you may have a digital opportunity or challenge in mind that you want to explore further.
Your digital initiative can have a long-lasting impact when you enable your community to build their digital capacity out of your work. What’s the best way to do that?
The digital world is full of new and exciting opportunities—but with all of these opportunities comes a lot of decision making. How will you and your collaborators know how to make a decision with your digital challenge or opportunity?
Digital transformation is happening so quickly that many find themselves at the beginning of mastering a digital vocabulary and mindset (aka digital literacy). Some feel they don’t even know what they don’t know.
Artists, groups and organizations engage in a breadth of activities – both intimate and large-scale – funded by the Canada Council. Discover some of their stories.
Thanks to the Digital Strategy Fund, Wonderbolt Productions is offering the circus arts sector an online tool to support collaboration and expertise-sharing.
With support from the Digital Strategy Fund, the Pinnguaq Association is developing a digital platform to distribute Inuit artwork.
The Digital Strategy Fund’s Public Access to the Arts and Citizen Engagement component supports the launch of digital tools for sustainable development.
With financial support from the Digital Strategy Fund, Nimbus Publishing is creating an online platform for young readers in the Atlantic provinces.
With support from the Digital Strategy Fund’s Transformation of Organizational Models component, RADARTS is developing a new online portal for Francophone performing arts.
Thanks to the Digital Strategy Fund, Alberta’s Indefinite Arts Centre is creating an online showcase for artists with disabilities.
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