Digital Originals is a new initiative to help artists, arts groups, and organizations pivot their work for online sharing.

Artists, groups or organizations can either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Originals offers a $5,000 micro innovation grant from the Canada Council.

Funded projects will be housed on a dedicated CBC/Radio-Canada website. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada will feature selected projects for showcase on at least one of its digital CBC/Radio-Canada platforms.

Selected projects for the curated CBC-Radio/Canada showcase will receive a supplemental amount of $1000.

With the sponsorship of the RBC Foundation, as part of their ongoing activities to support youth in Canada, $150,000 in Digital Originals funding is available for new and early career artists.

What activities can you apply for?

You can apply for costs to develop, create, and share a new or adapted work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic. These micro innovation grants allow you to work quickly to either adapt your existing work or create a new work for sharing online.

As projects must respect public health guidelines, we strongly encourage inventive “do-it-yourself” solutions. Eligible projects must:

  • respect all government public health restrictions put in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including recommendations for social distancing and limits on public gatherings
  • ensure that you and other participating artists are properly remunerated based on relevant industry standards (which may vary by field of practice)
  • ensure that you have appropriate written permission for any third-party content that was not created by you.

While work can be disseminated on any digital platform, applicants will have the option of indicating that they would like to take advantage of the Council’s partnership with CBC/Radio-Canada to amplify the dissemination of their project.

You can’t apply for activities that occur before your application submission date or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Applications are accepted anytime until June 15, 2020, or until the funding envelope has been allocated. 



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