Support for professional artists and curators to travel within Québec, within Canada and internationally to accept invitations that will contribute to their career development.
The Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice. Mon Dossier CALQThis link will open in a new window is the favoured channel for transmitting an application and for finding out the status of your file.
The project start date cannot be earlier than the date the application is filed.
Warning! This program has changed.
Projects for the presentation of works must be submitted in the "Circulation of Works within Quebec" or "Circulation of Works Outside Quebec" sections.
Structured around nine components, the program offers financial support for a wide range of activities in all disciplines.
You can submit your application by accessing Mon Dossier CALQThis link will open in a new window and filling out the online form.
To find out more about the grant program, please visit the dedicated page on the CALQ website at:
Travel, at a glance
The CALQ supports the participation of artists and curators across Québec, in Canada and internationally in activities that promote their career development and exposure.
It also encourages searches for partners and new networks, including as part of symposiums, conferences and relevant artistic and literary events,
to support market development efforts and encourage new forms of artistic cooperation, in particular through coproduction and reciprocity agreements.
For your project to be eligible, your application must be submitted at least four weeks before the start of the project and be accompanied by a letter of invitation, a contract or confirmation of your participation in the activity or a meeting.
Maximum amount: None
Submit an application
Access Mon Dossier CALQThis link will open in a new window and complete the grant application online.
Before submitting an application, please read the program carefully. If you have questions or would like clarifications after reading it, you may contact the person responsible for the program by email or phone for information and advice on how to present your project and what to include in your application.
Target applicants and eligibility
If you meet the eligibility criteria in one discipline, you may present a project in any of the disciplines supported by the CALQ.
This program is for professional artists from all disciplines supported by the CALQ This link will open in a new window and independent curators recognized in the disciplines of visual arts, arts and crafts, architectural research, digital arts, and film and video art.
In keeping with the Act respecting the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, only individuals who carry out on their own an activity covered by this program are eligible for financial aid. If you are a shareholder of a corporation or a partnership or if you are employed by a non-profit organization, you may apply only for personal projects that are not part of the activities of the company or the organization in question.
If you have already submitted a grant application to the CALQ, and it has been found eligible, you are automatically eligible for this program.
If this is your first application to the CALQ, please ensure you meet one of the following conditions:
- have participated in at least one production independent of or subsequent to your education, presented in a context recognized by peers in circus arts, multidisciplinary arts, popular song, film and video art, storytelling, spoken word creation in the literary domain, dance, music or theatre.
- have disseminated a work or body of work publicly at sites or in a context recognized by peers in digital arts, visual arts (including comic strips) and arts and crafts, or have publicly disseminated a work in architectural research. These works must have been produced independent of or subsequent to your training.
- have published, in a context recognized by peers, at least one book or three texts in a literary genre eligible for the CALQ. Electronic publications and self-published works are also eligible. A context recognized by peers does not include the university research and academic publishing milieus.
Exceptionally, in the context of the post-COVID-19 relaunch, graduates students from art schools from post-secondary institutions who specialize in art are eligible in the discipline in which they studied, even if they do not meet all the eligibility criteria.
To be eligible, you must be a professional artist and have minimal experience in one of the disciplines supported by the CALQ. The CALQ considers professional artists those who:
- declare themselves to be professional artists;
- produce works or practice an art on their own behalf or offer services for payment, as creators or performers, in disciplines within the CALQ’s jurisdiction;
- have been recognized by their peers;
- publicly present or perform works at sites or in a context recognized by their peers.
For the purposes of this program, the term “artist” also includes writers, storytellers, architects and craftspersons.
To be recognized as an independent curator in the disciplines of visual arts, arts and crafts, architectural research, digital arts, and film and video art, you must:
- have produced independent projects;
- have to your credit at least one public presentation and have published at least one critical text in a professional context;
- have professional experience in organizing artistic projects;
- not be employed full time as a curator in an arts organization.
The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant as contemplated in section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In both instances they must 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.
These rules govern all CALQ grant programs.
You can submit up to five separate applications and receive a maximum of five grants per CALQ fiscal year, from April 1st to March 31st. All applications submitted, including those deemed ineligible, are counted in the annual maximum.
Applications with a fixed date:
The fiscal year a grant application falls under is indicated under the application date for each program in the ''Presentation of the application'' section. You can only submit one application per registration.
Apply any time:
Travel, Circulation of Works Within Québec, Circulation of Works Outside Québec:
Applications submitted between March 1st and 31st inclusively are counted for the following fiscal year.
Applications received between February 24 and March 31st inclusively will be recorded in the following fiscal year.
You may not have more than three projects being considered, supported or under way at the same time.
If you have received financial support from one of the CALQ’s grant programs, you must produce a Grant Use Report within three months after the completion of the project. To be eligible to submit a new application, you must have submitted Grant Use Reports for all projects that have reached their end, and these reports must be approved by the CALQ. The official end date for the project is the date you set when applying.
Failure to meet deadlines for the submission of projects will render your application ineligible.
Deadline to submit an application
You must submit your application at least four weeks before the project start date for the project to be eligible. Your departure date is the start date for your project.
- Participation as a resource person in a conference or symposium.
- Attendance for the public presentation of one’s work.
- Prospecting activities supported by a schedule of meetings and appointments.
- Participation in an audition or competition.
Please attach to your application a letter of invitation, a contract or a confirmation of your participation in the activity or a meeting.
In addition to items presented in the General list of ineligible projects This link will open in a new window , certain restrictions apply :
- Projects to disseminate works. These are eligible for the Circulation of Works Within or Outside Québec component.
- Projects with no overnight stay.
- Projects not accompanied by a letter of invitation or a confirmation of the artist’s participation in the activity or a meeting.
- Participation in training and professional development workshops.
- Artist residency projects, unless they are part of a selection process and living and production expenses are fully funded by the host organization. Other types of residency projects are eligible for Research and Exploration or Creation components, depending on the nature of the project.
- Projects for which departures are from abroad.
Visual arts, arts and crafts, architectural research, digital arts, film and video art
- Travel to dismantle and return the works.
- Shipping for works only.
For applications to take part in book fairs, priority will be given to projects that involve a program of presentation activities.
You can apply for financial aid from the CALQ for the following expenses:
- Living expenses: maximum of $125 per day per participant in Canada and $200 per day per participant outside of Canada.
- Travel expenses.
- Travel-related expenses, such as vaccinations, visas, and insurance.
- Fees to translate excerpts of works.
- Expenses to ship equipment required for the project.
- Remuneration and professional fees.
- Production, presentation and administration expenses.
- Transportation and crating fees for works.
- Registration or presentation expenses for a promotional presentation or conference.
- Travel and living expenses already covered by aid from public or private organizations or other sources of financing.
Financial support is available for artists with disabilities with a view to ensuring access to CALQ's services. Please complete the relevant section of your official form if you would like to submit an application.
Presentation of the application
At any time
You must submit your application at least four weeks before the beginning of the project for it to be eligible. Your departure date is the start date for your project.
The date for online submission or the postmark is proof of the submission date for the application.
The CALQ will email you an acknowledgement of receipt. Registering for Mon Dossier CALQ enables you to track the processing of your application in your online file.
Content of the application file
The required file contents are detailed on the application form. Letters of recommendation are not submitted to the jury.
Subject to the provisions of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the Conseil respects the confidentiality of the documents and information in its possession and of those sent to it.
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Québec offices abroad
If you are planning professional travel abroad, please contact the team for the Québec office abroad (delegation, bureau or trade office) in the territory to which you are travelling to take advantage of the office’s resources, whether or not you have received financial aid for your travel. Contact information for Québec offices abroad can be found on the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie website: www.mrif.gouv.qc.ca This link will open in a new window.
It is your responsibility to obtain all documents required for your travel abroad, including visas if required by the destination country.
Evaluation of applications
Two sets of criteria will be considered in evaluating your application. The first set concerns the nature of the project and its artistic interest and will be reflected by a score. The second relates to how you will manage the project and will be reflected by one rating from the following: Excellent – Very good – Satisfactory – With reservations – Weak.
1. Évaluation artistique du projet : 100 %
Quality of artistic work (40%)
- Quality of past work of the candidate and the main participating artists.
Interest and relevance of the project (60%)
- Interest and impact of the project on the candidate’s career development and the influence of their work.
- Value and suitability of the host organization or event.
- Quality of the host organization’s commitment to the project.
2. Évaluation administrative du projet
To receive financial aid, you must have a rating of at least “Satisfactory” for this criterion.
- Feasibility of the travel plan.
- Feasibility of the budget.
- Financial participation of the host organization or other partners in the project, if any.
Applications are evaluated based on merit, according to the objectives and evaluation criteria of the program. The selection process takes into account both the relative value of projects and available funding.
As needed, the CALQ uses assessors who issue an opinion at the request of the department that makes the final decision.
Assessors are chosen according to the CALQ’s Policy concerning juries, committees and assessorsThis link will open in a new window. Assessors are recognized for their expertise in the discipline in question.
Decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
Board members, employees and members of juries and committees of the CALQ are subject toCodes of ethics and professional conduct This link will open in a new window. All must act in good faith in performing their duties and refrain from taking part in any discussion concerning a grant application that risks creating a conflict of interest. Confidential or privileged information transmitted to them may not be used for personal reasons.
The CALQ will inform you of the decision about your application approximately eight weeks after its submission date.
If you register for Mon Dossier CALQ, you will receive an email informing you to check your online file for the decision.
If your application is accepted, with the confirmation letter you will receive a document that outlines terms and conditions for the use of the grant.
If your application is declined and you have not registered for Mon Dossier CALQ, the CALQ will communicate its decision in writing.
After receiving results, you may receive, upon request, the general ratings for your project made by the selection committee for each of the evaluation criteria.
The Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice. Mon Dossier CALQ This link will open in a new window is the favoured channel for transmitting an application.
If this transmission mode is not available for the present programme or if you cannot use it, the Conseil will receive the application file by WeTransfer. Instructions for sending are provided on the Application form – Proposal description.
- Grant application form:
Application form - Project description (Word) (54 KB)
Application form - Project description (pdf) (457 KB)
Application form - Personal information (Word) (48 KB)
Application form - Personal information (pdf) (502 KB)
Guide for grant recipients
As a CALQ grant recipient, you must comply with the standards and terms of the allocation of grants described in the Guide for grant recipients This link will open in a new window, which presents:
- The terms for the payment of the grant.
- The requirement for artists to declare the amount of the grant, pursuant to tax laws in effect.
- The obligation for the artist to product a report on the use of a grant once the project is complete.
- Visibility standards governing the mention of the CALQ’s contribution in promotional material associated with the grant.
- Frequently Asked Questions This link will open in a new window
- Code of ethics and professional conduct governing jury and committee members and assessors hired by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (65 KB)
- Glossary This link will open in a new window
- Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information This link will open in a new window
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Act This link will open in a new window
- Act respecting the professional status and conditions of engagement of performing, recording and film artists This link will open in a new window
- Act respecting the professional status of artists in the visual arts, arts and crafts and literature, and their contracts with promoters This link will open in a new window
- Policy governing juries, committees and assessors (365 KB)