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Ongoing Submissions: The National Arts Centre – National Creation Fund

National Arts Centre
March 1, 2019
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Deadline: Ongoing

Our aim is to keep this as simple as possible: we’re asking you to outline your project, how it meets our criteria, and how the National Creation Fund will make your project even better.

In this initial phase we are not asking for detailed budgets, extensive documentation, or samples of work – we simply need enough information to determine whether your project meets our criteria and stands out as the kind of compelling, ambitious project the Fund might be interested in.

We’re asking you to provide the following information:

  • Your project: Excite us about your artistic vision, and tell us about the technical and production plans. Is it a multimedia work for a large traditional performance space with a cast of 20? An intimate, immersive solo piece? We are open to all types of work, but we need a clear understanding of your project.
  • Your artistic team: Who are the key creators? Outline their experience and list their notable projects.
  • Your producing and presenting partners: We are investing in projects that we expect will have a future life. Who are the companies or organizations committed to putting your work on the stage? Are they confirmed or pending?
  • Your development plans and timeline: We expect that most successful projects will be in development for several years.  Tell us how the work will be created, and over what period – research, residencies, workshops, work-in-progress presentations, premiere(s) and touring plans. Please outline your full development and touring plan, even if certain portions are not yet confirmed.
  • National Creation Fund investment: How much are you looking for, how will the Fund’s investment enhance your development process, and how will our investment make your project better? What will the Fund allow you to do that otherwise wouldn’t be possible? Please be as specific as possible.
  • Your budget: We only need a high-level budget at this stage. Include the anticipated development costs (including expenses you have already incurred) and presentation costs for the premiere.  List each of your sources of revenue, and indicate whether funding is confirmed.


To be considered, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • They are led by Canadian creators in theatre, dance, music and/or inter-disciplinary performing arts;
  • They are artistically ambitious and compelling;
  • They have a strong artistic team and strong producing and presenting partners;
  • They are likely to have a national or international impact; and
  • They articulate how the Fund’s investment would enhance the project’s development process and elevate the project to a new level.


There are no fixed deadlines for submissions. You can send us your proposal when you and your project are ready. The Fund is working to pave the way for a new model for creation, one that involves long-term, extended development processes. We expect that projects that are successful will be in development for several years. We want to receive your submission early enough so that our investment has time to make a serious impact on your process. However, your project should be at a point where we can see a clear trajectory for the work, with both confirmed and potential artists, presenters and funders. Please contact us if you would like to speak with us specifically about your project.

We will review proposals as we receive them. In Phase One, we will let you know in four to six weeks if your project will be moving to the next phase of consideration. If your project doesn’t meet our criteria, or is not as strong as other submissions, we’ll let you know then. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide feedback at this time.

If your project is advanced to Phase Two, we will be in touch to start a conversation. We’re looking to build a relationship with a project and its creators, so we’ll want to get to know you and the work better.

The timing of our final decision will vary depending on whether your plans are fairly advanced, or are still evolving.

Submit your proposal

You can now submit your proposal following these four steps:

  1. Make sure your project meets our criteria.
  2. Review the Fund’s official Terms and Conditions
  3. Download the proposal form (102 Kb Microsoft Word) and complete the six questions.
  4. Once you have completed the proposal form, create a profile and submit your proposal.

We will send you a confirmation email when your proposal has been received.
Please do not send us proposals by e-mail or regular mail.
We also do not require support materials (audio, video, etc.) at this time.


The National Arts Centre is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. Information which you submit to the National Arts Centre in support of your proposal will be handled in accordance with the provisions of these Acts and in accordance with the applicable policies of the National Arts Centre. For more information: Access to Information  |  Privacy

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