Canada Arts Training Fund

The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders by supporting the training of artists with high potential through organizations that offer training of the highest calibre. The CATF supports the ongoing operational activities of professional training programs offered by independent, not-for-profit, incorporated Canadian organizations. Funding is delivered on an annual or multi-year basis but does not apply towards capital infrastructure.

Eligibility details

In order to be eligible for funding through the CATF, applicant organizations must:

  • be incorporated in Canada as a not-for-profit organization;
  • demonstrate that the training for which funding is requested is not funded as a provincial post-secondary education activity and that it does not result in the granting in that province of a post-secondary qualification such as a diploma, certificate or degree;
  • receive support for at least 30% of costs related to training work from sources other than this program (for example: tuition, other levels of government, fundraising, etc.). Total support from all levels of government cannot exceed 90% of the activity costs;
  • be directed by recognized professionals with a background in the discipline in which training is provided and that training should be staffed with professionals from that artistic discipline;
  • have sufficient administrative capacity to support organizational objectives;
  • have delivered the professional training program and have had year-round administrative operations in support of the program for a minimum of three years;
  • have a track record of significant artistic achievement at the national level, with graduates having a national impact and achieving wide recognition in their discipline;
  • be accessible to Canadians through a national competitive admission process available in both of Canada's official languages, including a bilingual website and information material, and a bilingual audition process (training programs in an Aboriginal or ethnocultural  art form and training programs involving students aged 10 to 19 years where the accompanying academic education is offered in only one language may be considered as exceptions); and
  • have a national student body. It is expected that a national organization would draw at least 20% of its student body from regions outside the training area.

Application deadline

The deadline for submitting an application for funding is June 30 of each year.

What you need before you start

Meeting the CATF eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding. Whether from a first-time applicant or from an organization that has previously received funding from the CATF, the National Review Committee and the Department of Canadian Heritage evaluates all applications in consideration of the assessment criteria and based on the information presented by the applicant.

Organizations that offer training related to Aboriginal arts or to artistic practices based on ethnocultural traditions should consult a CATF program officer to determine eligibility.

You must download and carefully read the Application Guidelines and all the budget templates before completing an application for funding.

Contact us

By phone:
Toll freeFootnote *: 1-866-811-0055
TTYFootnote ** (toll free): 1-888-997-3123
By email:
By mail:
Department of Canadian Heritage
Arts Policy Branch
Canada Arts Training Fund
25 Eddy Street, 13th floor
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M5
By fax:


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