Acquisition and marketing

Application deadline: Anytime

Support for the acquisition and development of tools or equipment for creation, promotion and distribution.

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      • Grants for artists and writers
      • Dissemination and promotion
      • Research, creation, exploration and production
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      • Individuals
      • Artist or Writer
  • Discipline concerned
    • Visual arts
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  • Artist or Writer
  • Development or Mid-career
  • Visual arts
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  • Introduction


    As staff are teleworking, the Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice.

    Mon Dossier CALQ 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.

    For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this table takes precedence over this program’s text.

    Go to  Mon Dossier CALQ and complete your grant application online.

    Before submitting an application, artists are advised to read the program over carefully. 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.


    This program, management of which was transferred from the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Conseil), aims to assist professional visual artists to acquire and develop tools or equipment required for creation, promotion and distribution.


    • To improve and consolidate production conditions for artists through the acquisition of tools and equipment adapted for their artistic practice, including digital technologies.
    • To contribute to the improvement of workshop working conditions through the acquisition of health and safety related equipment.
    • To foster the integration of artists into professional networks for the dissemination of contemporary art.
    • To cultivate the cultural influence of artists as well as the promotion and sale of their works.

    Target applicants

    This grant category is intended for visual artists with more than three years of professional artistic practice in Québec or elsewhere who satisfy the General criteria and conditions for eligibility.

    This support is also intended for Inuit artists and artists belonging to the First Nations of Canada who conform to the program’s definition of an Inuit and First Nations artist.

    Maximum amount


    The maximum amount of support cannot exceed $10,000 per year per artist, which can represent no more than 50% of the project’s eligible costs.

    Note that taxes (GST and QST) cannot be included in the eligible expenses and must be deleted from the detailed budget attached with your application.

    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.
  • Eligibility

    General criteria

    To be eligible, the applicant in visual arts must:

    • Have disseminated a work or a body of works publicly, in venues and/or a context recognized by his peers. These works must have been produced independently of his training or subsequent to it.
    • Commit to invest an amount matching or exceeding the support to be received for the project.

    The visual arts encompass painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, drawing, illustration, mixed techniques, installations, comic strips, performance, textile arts, video art or any other form of related expression.



    Artists must have at least three years of professional artistic practice in Québec or elsewhere.

    The number of years of professional artistic practice is determined taking into account the applicant’s overall career and includes the number of years of practice in another discipline.

    Professional artist

    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.

    Inuit and First Nations artist

    • Eligible artists include the Inuit and members of Canada’s First Nations residing in Québec.
    • Artists must be continuously engaged in their artistic practice and must have received recognition from their community or on their territory as practitioners of their art form, whether traditional or contemporary.
    • For the purposes of the CALQ’s programs, the term “artist” also includes writers, storytellers and artisans/creators.

    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.

    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.

    Others :

    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.


    • Projects carried out under the supervision of an educational program are ineligible.
    • A project that has already been rejected by the Conseil is ineligible for this program.
    • A group legally constituted as a not-for-profit or profit-making company or general partnership is ineligible for this program.
    • Incomplete applications.

    Eligible projects and expenses

    • The purchase and upgrading of tools and equipment related to the production of artworks.
    • The integration of new technologies.
    • The purchase and installation of health and safety related equipment (ventilation, dust extractor, etc.)
    • The design and realization of promotional and marketing tools (publications and promotional pamphlets, websites, professional photography services, etc.)
    • The acquisition of digital equipment and software for promotional purposes.

    The CALQ encourages artists to use equipment that meets environmental standards and to dispose of obsolete equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. For more information, go to :

    Ineligible projects and expenses

    • Candidate’s remuneration.
    • Research and creation activities.
    • Training and professional development activities.
    • The purchase of basic materials and supplies.
    • Property expenses (rental improvements, rental, maintenance, heating, etc.)
    • Monographs and catalogues written by an art critic or curator.
    • Travel within Québec and outside Québec.
    • Artists’ residencies.
    • Salaries other than professional honoraria paid to a supplier of goods or services.
    • Expenses related to participation in an event (trade fair, salon, etc.)
    • Portfolios.
    • Expenses related to the mounting of an exhibition.
  • Evaluation of applications

    Evaluation criteria

    • Artistic quality of the work
    • Interest and relevance of the acquisition or marketing project
    • Soundness of budget


    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 assessors. Assessors are recognized for their expertise in the discipline in question.

    Upon conclusion of their work, the assessors submits recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval.

    Decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

    Board members, employees and members of juries and committees of the CALQ are subject to Codes of ethics and professional conduct. 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 Conseil will informs the applicant of its decision approximately four months after the application deadline or submission date.

    An applicant registered for Mon Dossier CALQ will receive an email inviting him to consult his online file to find out the result.

    If the application is successful, along with the announcement letter the applicant will receive a document describing the terms and conditions governing the use of the grant.

    If the application is unsuccessful and the applicant is not registered for Mon Dossier CALQ, the Conseil will communicate its decision in writing.

    After receiving the results, the applicant may request the jury’s or the evaluator’s general rankings of the project for each evaluation criterion.

    The CALQ wishes to reiterate that its decisions are final and without appeal. No form of verbal abuse, harassment or intimidation towards its team after a decision is rendered, nor at any point in the application process, is tolerated.

  • Presentation of the application


    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 CALQ sends an email acknowledgement of receipt. Applicants registered for Mon Dossier CALQ can track the progress of their grant application file’s processing directly in their online file.

    Contents 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.

  • Obligations and reports

    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, 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 produce 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.
  • Tools and references



    As staff are teleworking, the Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice. Mon Dossier CALQ 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, exceptionally, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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)

    Application form – Project description (pdf)

    Application form – Personal information (Word)

    Application form – Personal information (pdf)

Development or Mid-career

Artists : at least 2 years of professional artistic practice. Writers : at least 2 books or a minimum of 5 different texts. Storytellers and spoken word artists : at least one solo creation.