Frequently Asked Questions
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec has thoroughly redesigned its Grant program for artists in order to better meet their needs. Organized into nine sections, the new Grant program offers financial support for a wide range of activities in all disciplines.
IMPORTANT NOTICE :
About current applications
I started a draft in the old program on My CALQ file. What do I need to do?
Your draft is saved in your file. As of February 24th, you will be able to paste your text into a new application, made under the the section corresponding to your project. Please note, however, that our online services will be interrupted for a maintenance operation between February 21, 6 pm and February 24, 1 pm.
I recently submitted an application in the old program. Can I withdraw it to create a new one when the new program is online?
Yes, it is possible to cancel your application unless a decision has been made by the CALQ. You must notify the program officer in charge of your file at the CALQ, who will proceed with the cancellation.
Is it possible to make changes to an application already filed in the old program to benefit from the conditions of the new program?
No, it is not possible to make changes to an application that has already been filed. However, it is possible to cancel this application and submit a new one. Please contact the program officer in charge of your file who will proceed with the cancellation.
I have submitted an application that was denied in the old program. Will I be able to submit the same project in the new program?
No. A project that has already been evaluated by a CALQ jury may not be evaluated a second time, unless it has been substantially modified.
About curators and groups
I am an independent curator. Can I continue to apply to the Manifestation et présentation publique program*?
All applications from individuals, artists or curators must be forwarded to the new program. With its nine sections, this program covers all the activities previously covered in various programs and offers even more opportunities.
*This question also applies to the following programs: Diffusion d’œuvres au Québec et à l’extérieur du Québec, Accueil d’œuvres de l’extérieur du Québec, Prospection et Publication.
Are performing arts groups eligible for the grant program or must they continue to apply to the Production et reprise program, which is intended for organizations?
From now on, all applications from individuals must be submitted under the grant program for artists, including those for a group project.
Whether it is a collective or an individual project, a single person must assume responsibility for the management of the project and the grant, if applicable. The other persons involved in the project are considered either as participating artists or as collaborators, if they are not artists.
Experience and disciplines
Why did you abolish the “emerging artist” category?
The categories of artists based on experience were abolished to be fairer to all applicants. Under the old grant program, emerging artists were only allowed to apply to one section per fiscal year and the maximum amount was limited to $15,000. From now on, emerging artists will benefit from the same maximum amounts and the same conditions as other artists, i.e., the possibility of submitting up to five applications per year.
I wish to submit a project in a discipline other than the one in which I usually work. Is this possible?
Yes, once you qualify in a discipline, you can apply in any of the disciplines supported by the CALQ.
I wish to submit a project in a discipline other than the one in which I usually work. In which discipline will my project be evaluated?
The project will be evaluated among the applications of the discipline in which you are submitting your project.
I wish to present a project that involves several artistic disciplines. In which discipline will my project be evaluated?
For this type of project, as for all applications, it is now possible to request an evaluation by a multidisciplinary jury. To do so, you must check the corresponding box in the application form.
About the budgets
Do you have new funding to meet the increase in the amounts requested or will the number of awarded grants decrease?
The CALQ received an increase in its budget when the action plan for Québec’s new cultural policy (Politique culturelle du Québec – Partout, la culture). An additional $1,375,000 per year will be devoted to this new grant program, in particular to support cultural entrepreneurship and improve the socio-economic conditions of artists.
Will the maximum amounts for specific programs such as Vivacité or the territorial agreement programs be increased?
For now, the increase in the maximum amounts applies only to the new grant program for artists and writers. Artists and writers representative of cultural diversity and from all regions of Québec are encouraged to apply to this program. By bringing together jury members who are representative of the diversity of Québec’s population, the CALQ ensures a diverse view of grant applications and thus a fair distribution of funds.
Why aren’t the maximum amounts increased for film and video?
The maximum amounts for film and video and digital arts were the first to be increased when the Politique québécoise du cinéma et de la production audiovisuelle was updated. The CALQ now wishes to harmonize the maximum amounts for all disciplines.
How is remuneration determined? Are there pre-established amounts?
It is up to the applicant to explain on what basis(s) he or she has established his or her own remuneration and that of participating artists.
The CALQ makes it a priority to improve artists’ remuneration and conditions of practice. As such, it is important that the remuneration provided in the context of the project be fair and equitable, reflecting the talent, skills and number of hours worked by the participating artists, including the applicant.
How do I find out what eligible expenses are specific to my discipline?
Eligible expenses are presented in each of the program sections and are the same for all disciplines.
What are the amounts of the financial envelopes dedicated to each discipline?
The program does not operate with discipline-specific envelopes, but with an overall envelope. Financial resources are allocated equitably based on the needs expressed by applicants, taking into account disciplines, socio-demographic factors, experience and territory (regions).
About the sections
What happens if I apply for funding in the wrong section?
If your application has been submitted in the wrong section, the program officer responsible for your file will contact you to inform you of this fact and tell you how to proceed. You will have to cancel your application and submit a new application in the correct section. Applications cannot be transferred from one section to another, as the requirements are specific to each section.
Is it possible to submit applications in several sections at the same time?
Yes, it is possible to submit applications in several sections at the same time, but keep in mind that the CALQ cannot support the same expenses twice and that you cannot have more than three supported or in progress projects under analysis at the same time. The same project can be supported at different stages. The CALQ gives the artist the latitude to submit his or her applications when he or she deems it appropriate, within the following rules :
– You may submit up to five separate applications and receive a maximum of five grants per CALQ fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
– All applications submitted, including those found to be ineligible, are counted towards the annual maximum.
Research and Exploration, Creation, and Public Presentation
Is it still possible to apply for a grant for a commissioned work project?
Yes. Although commissioned work projects are no longer the subject of a section per se, they are eligible for the Creation section in all disciplines. Commissioned work projects must include a letter from the partner committing to participate financially in the creation and dissemination of the work.
I have submitted an application in the Production et reprise arts organizations program. May I transfer it to the new grant program?
It is not possible to transfer an application that has already been submitted, regardless of the program. There is no financial benefit to applying to either program.
However, it is possible to cancel this application and submit a new one. Please note that it is no longer possible for an individual to submit an application in the Production et reprise program.
I have a research project that includes a public laboratory, do I have to apply for a Research and Exploration, Creation or Public Presentation grant?
The nature of your project will determine the section in which you can submit your application. If you are working on a research project that includes a public experimentation workshop, your application should be submitted under the Research and Exploration stream. If your project involves the pre-production of a performance, for instance, your application should be submitted under the Creation section, where you will have the opportunity to present excerpts from the work before a test audience. The Public Presentation section is intended for works that are ready for public presentation.
For my production project, I work with a company funded by SODEC or an organization funded by the CALQ. Is my project eligible?
Yes, the project is eligible. On the application form you can specify the co-producer’s contribution. More specifically, in the fields of popular song and music, the CALQ intends to complement SODEC’s activities. Thus, assistance for the production of a show is aimed more specifically at entrepreneurial artists, whether they act independently or in co-production.
Why does the CALQ give priority to public presentation projects carried out with a recognized distribution partner?
The CALQ believes that reaching the public is facilitated when artists work in collaboration with an organization or individual with experience in the dissemination of works in his or her disciplinary sector, who contributes money or services to the project, thereby increasing its impact.
Are showcase projects eligible under the Public Presentation section?
No, but showcase projects at markets, fairs or exhibitions are generally eligible for the Circulation of Works (within or outside Québec) sections.
Travel / Circulation of Works Within or Outside Québec
I run my own company and would need financial support for a show tour. Do I have to submit my project to the Artists’ grant program or the Organizations grant programs?
If you are running a non-profit organization, you must apply to the Organizations grant programs. Only applications from individuals (acting in their capacity as individuals, not legal entities) are eligible for the Artists’ grant program.
I have the opportunity to present my work abroad. Can I apply to the Travel section?
No. The presentation of works on tour is no longer eligible for the Travel section. All applications must be submitted under Circulation of Works Within Québec or Circulation of Works Outside Québec, depending on the venue.
I have a project to present or circulate a work. Will my project be evaluated along those of organizations?
No, artists’ grant applications will be evaluated together, separately from those of organizations.
I have been selected for a residency abroad. I have to pay registration and stay fees. Am I eligible for the Travel section?
No. Under the new grant program, this project, like all residency projects, must be submitted to the Research and Exploration or Creation sections, depending on its nature.
I have been selected for a residency, and the partner organization will cover the costs of my stay and production costs. Am I eligible for the Travel section?
Yes, you are eligible for financial assistance for expenses not covered by the partner. Eligible expenses are as follows:
– Transportation costs.
– Expenses related to travel such as vaccination, visa, insurance, etc.
– Costs related to the translation of excerpts from works.
– Transportation costs for supplies needed for the project.
Our group would like to tour abroad. Is a group eligible for the Circulation of Works Outside Québec section?
Yes, if the group is not legally incorporated as a for-profit or non-profit organization, including a general partnership. The application must be submitted by only one artist who will assume responsibility for managing the project and the grant, if applicable.
An organization located in Québec invites me to present a body of work and I need financial assistance for the transportation of my work as well as for my travel and living expenses. Am I eligible for the Travel section?
No, but you can submit an application under the Circulation of Works Within Québec section if your project requires a minimum of five nights or three performances outside your place of residence.
I am invited to circulate my work abroad or in Québec, and I need financial assistance to cover the artists’ fees. Are these expenses eligible under the Circulation of Works Within Québec and Circulation of Works Outside Québec sections?
No, it is up to the presenter to cover the artists’ fees. Eligible costs for the Circulation of Works sections essentially cover transportation and accommodation.
I am invited to present an exhibition abroad that requires international material transportation logistics. Am I eligible for the Travel section?
No, but the project is eligible under Circulation of Works Outside Québec. You may then apply for assistance from the CALQ for the following expenses:
– Travel and related expenses such as vaccination or visa fees;
– Living expenses (maximum of $140 per day);
– Transportation costs for equipment or works, including insurance and customs;
– Equipment rental fees;
– Promotional and advertising costs not covered by the host organization;
– Agency fees;
– Administrative costs up to 10% of the total project cost.
I would like to travel abroad to carry out a research or creation stage for an artistic project. Am I eligible for the Travel section?
No, the project must be submitted to the Research and Exploration or Creation section, depending on the nature of the project.
I have an artistic project that requires me to travel abroad to meet with partners or collaborators to finalize a stage of the project. Am I eligible for the Travel section?
Yes, you must submit a schedule and confirmation of the planned meetings.
Can I apply to the Travel section for financial assistance for the transportation of materials?
Yes, if the materials are necessary for the project. Examples of such costs include excess baggage when an artist is transporting material for a conference, or the cost of transporting the instrument of a musician participating in an international competition. These cannot be costs related to the transportation of works, sets, costumes, etc.; those may be included in the Circulation of Works sections.
Professional Development, Strategic Opportunities and Career Plan
Have the conditions for the Professional Development section changed?
The Professional Development section remains similar to the old one. However, the CALQ now accepts development projects related to project management. Also, the maximum amount has been increased.
What happened to the Career Grants previously awarded by the CALQ?
Career Grants supported projects that were spread over a long period of time, non-standard projects, requiring a larger budget than regular grants. Artists who wish to present these types of projects can now do so through the Strategic Opportunities and Career Plan section, which provides support of up to $100,000 per year.
I have a work plan that includes several activities to be carried out over a fairly long period of time; can I apply for my entire work plan?
Yes, you can apply to the Strategic Opportunities and Career Plan section, through which the CALQ offers artists flexible financial assistance to support atypical projects that promote career planning and development as well as the exploitation of their work. A project may involve several activities and take place over a long period of time. To be eligible, however, it must not be eligible under the other sections of the program.
I am being presented with an exceptional opportunity that I cannot refuse and must respond quickly; can I apply to the Strategic Opportunities and Career Plan section?
Yes, this section allows applications to be submitted at any time before the project starts, without delay between the application date and the completion date. The purpose of this section is to enable artists to seize an important opportunity for the development of their career or the exploitation of their work.
Any other questions?
Who may I contact if I have questions about the new grant program?
You may contact the program officer in charge of your discipline whose name you will find under the Direction du soutien aux artistes, aux communautés et à l’action régionale section of the staff and contact information.
In the meantime, you can view this table, which highlights the main changes to the program.