Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of work does the Fund invest in?

    The National Creation Fund invests in projects that 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 committed 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.
  • How do I submit a proposal to the National Creation Fund?

    Guidelines for how to submit a proposal may be found here.

  • Can I submit, or be associated with, more than one project?

    Yes. While it is unlikely that we would invest in more than one project by an artist or arts organization in any given year, we know that artists may be associated with multiple projects in development, and that some organizations might partner as co-producers or presenters on multiple projects – that’s how bold, ambitious work gets made.

  • What are the deadlines for submissions and when should I submit?

    There are currently no fixed deadlines for submissions – send us your proposal when you and your project are ready.

    The Fund invests in projects that have an extended development process, and we want to receive your submission in time for our investment to have a significant impact.  However, we need to be able 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.

  • Are there upper and lower limits to your investments?

    We invest up to $3 million in 15 to 20 projects each year, and these investments range from many tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our intent is not to invest small amounts of money in many projects. The National Creation Fund was created to address the funding gap that bold, ambitious projects too often face, by making select significant, game-changing investments in a small number of projects.

  • Can non-Canadian artists and arts organizations receive funding for projects? What if some members of the creative team, or producing partners, are non-Canadian?

    The Fund does not invest in projects from outside Canada. Our goal is to help develop great work by Canadian artists that will go on to stages at home and abroad. However, we are open to projects that include international artists as members of the creative team, and to international partnerships and co-productions.

  • How are decisions made?

    The National Creation Fund selects projects based on a curatorial process led by the Fund’s Artistic Producer and a small group at the NAC. We evaluate projects in three phases. First, they must meet the Fund’s investment criteria. The most compelling of these projects go through a second phase of consideration that involves conversations with the artists as well as more detailed artistic and financial information. Finally, we make investment decisions from among the very best of these projects.

  • When will I know if my proposal is successful?

    We review proposals as we receive them. You’ll hear from us in four to six weeks whether your project will move forward to the second phase of consideration.  Note that this is an extremely competitive process. If your project doesn’t meet our criteria, or is not as strong as other submissions, we’ll let you know then.

    If your project makes it past this initial phase, we’ll need more information and 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.

    From there, timing will vary. If your plans are fairly advanced and your teams, partners, and funders are in place, we should be able to make a decision relatively quickly; if your plans are still evolving, so too will our conversations.  Should we decide not to invest in your project, we’ll let you know right away. 

  • If my project is not selected for investment, will I receive feedback as to why?

    Unfortunately we won’t be able to provide feedback on your project in the initial phase of consideration.

  • How does the Return on Investment work?

    While we recognize that the majority of projects will not have commercial aspirations, some will. For those that do go on to be commercially successful, we will be looking for a reasonable return on our investment, which will be used to support future Canadian creations.