Community Cares
Emergency Response Fund for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Individuals Working in the Arts

The Indigenous arts and culture community recognizes the extraordinary and devastating impact that COVID-19 is having on our sector. Our thoughts go out to you and your loved ones, as the health and livelihood of so many people around the world are directly affected by this pandemic.

The Canada Council for the Arts, the Aboriginal Curatorial CollectiveIndigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Indigenous Screen Office, and the Inuit Art Foundation are uniting to deliver an emergency response fund to First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals working in the arts and culture sector, with the exceptional financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Access to this funding will not impact eligibility to regular programs of the Canada Council for the Arts.

First Nations, Inuit or Métis artists and cultural workers who have lost income due to COVID -19 may apply to the fund. Loss of income may be due to self-isolation, postponement or cancellation of travel, events or market access, reduced sales of work, or due to caring for family members or children, as well as other disruptions caused by the pandemic. 

The funding envelope has been allocated.


Application Limits
Applicants were only able to apply once. 

This fund was only available to Indigenous individuals.

The Community Cares initiative is now closed. We thank everyone who has applied to this initiative, the response was overwhelming. Results will be sent to individual applicants in the coming days.

Thank you once again, and we wish all Indigenous artists and cultural workers a safe and healthy summer.