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Canadian Stage Microgranting Program

About the Canadian Stage Microgranting Program

The Canadian Stage Microgranting Program seeks to invest financial resources in the live performance artistic community to help shape the future of the performing arts.

What are we looking for?

The microgranting program will fund projects that have a performative outcome or just pure research. We have conceived it to be flexible and open to the individual needs and curiosities of live performance creators. However, Canadian Stage is particularly interested in proposals that are investigating four areas: 1) Anti-oppressive/Decolonized artistic practices; 2) Intersections with Communities; 3) New Forms of Collaborations, and; 4) New Technologies. You can find more details about this below.

Microgrant Streams

Applicants can choose to apply for either a Project based Microgrant or a Research Based Microgrant.



Grants for live performance creators, artists, choreographers or makers to investigate a specific creation project. These grants can include work on a specific, script, choreographic proposal or performance work. These grants are designed for live performance artists to engage in pure research. This can include cross disciplinary experimentation, exploring new modalities of liveness in a socially distant society, public art, performance archiving. This research does not need to be attached to a specific project with a performance outcome.


Canadian Stage is particularly interested in:


These grants are for artists who wish to explicitly address and explore Anti-Racist and decolonized approaches to live art creation, performance, and content. These grants can explore Indigenous, Black and People of Colour led and centred approaches, intercultural exchanges and practices, Indigenous sovereignty in performance practice, intersectional narrative creation and collaboration, exploring accessibility in arts, art as a tool of fighting white supremacy, and more.


These grants are for Artists interested in learning about how to reach out to communities, how to work within communities in ways that are engaged, respectful, and centre a community’s holistic good health and well-being.


These grants are designed for artists who are seeking to build community with their practice in times of isolation. These grants can be used to build new creative collaborations between artists, including short mentorships between emerging and established artists. These grants can also be used to build stronger collaborative relationships between colleagues: choreographers and dancers, directors and designers, playwrights, and dramaturges, and more.


These grants are for artists with a creation and performance practice who are interested in emerging technologies and performance and how liveness could intersect with digital performance. These can include multimedia performance, live streaming, digital media, augmented reality or virtual reality performance and more.



  • Artist is based in Canada
  • Artist self-defines as a Professional Artist* From the Ontario Arts Council: The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for their work and actively practices their art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.

Application Requirements

The CS Microgrant program is for exploration, learning, and concentrated time to deeply investigate a project or research question. Timelines of project can vary depending on individual project needs. As a guideline, all CS Microgrants are in the amount of $2000. At $25/hr, this represents 80 hours of work for one individual artist. CS Recommends following this approximate guideline for all proposed Projects and Research applications.

Deadline: October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm

  • A Letter of Interest (Max 2 pages) Describe the Project/Research to be undertaken with the Microgrant, articulate the questions and curiosities that you are exploring, describe the process that you wish to undertake.
  • A resume or CV

Please contact Mel Hague (Associate AD, Canadian Stage) if you have any questions about the program or require support on your application. This can include artistic questions or access needs.

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Selection Process

All applications will be read by the selection committee from Canadian Stage, which includes Brendan Healy (Artistic Director), Mel Hague (Associate Artistic Director), Tawiah M’Carthy (Artist Outreach and Development Coordinator), Lynanne Sparrow (Producer) Augusto Bitter (Artistic Producer Intern) Kalale Dalton–Lutale (Artistic Producing Intern).



Canadian Stage encourages submissions from all individuals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion and diversification. We will make every effort to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion within all aspects of the selection process by making decisions and communicating without regard to ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, colour, disability, national origin, family or marital status, language, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, or any other characteristics that make our communities and individuals unique.

If you need any access support in filling out the form below, or have questions regarding this form, please contact Associate Artistic Director Mel Hague mhague@canadianstage.com.


About Canadian Stage


Canadian Stage's mission is to be the leading contemporary performing arts organization in the country. A collision of disciplines and cultures, Canadian Stage reflects the dynamism and complexity of Canada and is a vital artistic force locally, nationally, and internationally.


Creativity: We inspire, cultivate, and advocate for the creativity that is inherent in all people.
Empathy: We are a space for people to develop their understanding of themselves and the other.
Excellence: We deliver exceptional experiences to our artists, audiences, donors, staff members, and volunteers.
Collaboration: We encourage partnerships and exchange between artists, communities, art disciplines, sectors, and organizations.
nclusivity: We are inclusive in all aspects of our organization.
Community: We take responsibility for how we contribute socially, economically, and educationally to our communities and we hold ourselves accountable to them.