Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other

Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other is a unifying program in which artists and citizens join forces to collaborate in the creation of a work. It thus forges ties between artists and the public in the City of Montréal and other municipalities in the Greater Montréal area.

Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other

Introduction

Who is eligible to apply?

This program is intended for professional artists, artists’ collectives and non-profit organizations.

What are the program objectives?
  • foster the development of artistic projects by artists from the Island of Montréal in the Greater Montréal area’s partner municipalities (the cities of Laval, Longueuil, Terrebonne and the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges) and to foster the development of artistic projects by artists from these partner municipalities on the Island of Montréal
  • support the professional artistic work of artists from the Greater Montréal area and increase exchanges between different arts communities
  • encourage the participation and artistic expression of citizens through co-creation projects with artists, professional arts organizations or collectives

Support

What type of assistance is provided?

Selected projects will receive a production grant not exceeding $20,000 from partner arts councils and municipalities.

What is the duration of the support?

This is a one-time, non-recurring grant.

Projects must be created over a period of five to eight weeks between January 1, 2022, and August 30, 2022. The final presentations of these projects will take place in the fall of 2022.

What do the partners provide?

For 2021–2022, the Conseil’s partner municipalities are Laval, Longueuil, Terrebonne and the municipalities of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

The Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other program was created by the Conseil des arts de Montréal in collaboration with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Longueuil, the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and the cities of Laval, Longueuil and Terrebonne.

If the selected artist, collective or organization is from Montréal:

  • The Conseil will provide a grant equal to the amount requested (budget portion of the application) up to a maximum of $15,000. This grant will pay artists and offset the costs associated with production (such as transportation and per diems) and presentation of the completed work.
  • The Greater Montréal area partner municipality will be responsible for hosting the Montréal-based artist, collective or organization for a maximum of eight weeks. The hosting may include a workspace, technical equipment required for the project, logistical support, insurance, equipment transportation and communications services.
  • The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec will provide a grant equal to the amount requested (budget portion of the application) up to a maximum of $5,000 for artistic fees related to the development of the work.
  • The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership will provide the coordination and infrastructure necessary for the final presentation of all co-creation projects in fall 2022.

If the selected artist, collective or organization is from a Greater Montréal area partner municipality:

  • The partner municipality will award the artist, collective or organization from their municipality a grant equal to the amount requested (budget portion of the request) up to a maximum of $15,000. This grant will pay artists and offset the costs associated with production (such as transportation and per diems) and presentation of the completed work on the Island of Montréal.
  • The borough or designated city will be responsible for hosting the artist, collective or organization from the Greater Montréal area municipality for a maximum of eight weeks. This hosting may include a workspace, technical equipment required for the project, logistical support, insurance, equipment transportation and communications services.
  • The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec will provide a grant equal to the amount requested (budget portion of the application) up to a maximum of $5,000 for artistic fees related to the development of the work.
  • The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership will provide the coordination and infrastructure necessary for the final presentation of all co-creation projects in fall 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: This program requires a high level of availability from selected artists, collectives and organizations due to the extensive coordination required (calls to citizens, meetings, planning with host city coordinators, etc.).

 

Eligibility

What types of projects are eligible?

Professional artists, collectives and arts organizations working in creation and production.

What are the general eligibility criteria?

Status and conditions

Individual artists:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have resided in one of the partner cities for at least one year
  • be recognized as a professional artist
  • have presented at least one artistic work in a professional context

Artists’ collectives:

  • have a designated member responsible for the application
  • be a group of artists, regardless of the number (minimum of two)
  • two thirds of its members must be artists with Canadian citizenship or permanent residence; the proportion of members of the collective residing outside Canada may not exceed one third
  • the majority of the collective’s members (50% +1) must reside in one of the partnership cities, including the person responsible for the application
  • be composed of professional artists

Incorporated non-profit organizations on the Island of Montréal:

  • be a non-profit organization or artists’ cooperative that pays no dividends
  • be headquartered in one of the partner cities
  • have a Board of Directors composed mainly of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • have the mandate to create, produce or disseminate art works

Professional requirements

  • possess a level of recognized and demonstrable competence
  • be managed by qualified individuals
  • have stable artistic leadership
  • have presented activities of a recognized artistic quality
  • be staffed by professional artists and/or cultural workers
Are there any special eligibility criteria?

Montréal artists, collectives and professional arts organizations must reside or be headquartered on the Island of Montréal.

Greater Montréal area artists, collectives and professional arts organizations must reside or be headquartered in the partner municipality.

What types of projects are eligible?

Co-creation projects that demonstrate artistic quality and the ability to connect with the community.

By “co-creation,” we mean an artistic process that involves the public at the conception or production stages of the work. The artistic works created are the result of a collaboration between one or more artists and the public. Co-creation support strategies will encourage diversity in both forms of cultural expression and participation in cultural life. This allows local residents to experience the creative process with the artist.

When must the project be carried out?

Projects must be carried out over a period of five to eight weeks, between January 1, 2022, and August 30, 2022. The final presentations of these projects will take place in the fall of 2022.

How many applications will be accepted?

A maximum of four grants will be awarded.

Who is ineligible to apply?

Ineligible applicants

  • artists, collectives and organizations that do not meet the general conditions for eligibility
  • artists that are incorporated as for-profit or not-for-profit organizations
  • incorporated for-profit organizations
  • organizations not involved in creation/production
  • public or para-public organizations representing governments or municipal corporations
  • organizations dedicated to teaching, education, and professional training

Projects

  • projects completed before receiving the Conseil’s response
  • sound recording projects (albums)
  • projects that are essentially promotional
  • capital projects or projects to acquire specialized equipment

Activity sectors

  • organizations working exclusively in variety arts or comedy
  • applicants working exclusively in cultural mediation

Applications

  • incomplete applications
  • applications received after the deadline

Ineligible applications will not be considered by the evaluation committee.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary

Accessibility

Can specific populations receive additional financial support to submit their application or complete their project (accessibility costs)?

Yes. Accessibility costs refer to costs that certain individuals, particularly those who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability, must pay to take advantage, in the same way as others do, of the services and programs offered by an institution to create, produce or disseminate their art. Reimbursement of part of these costs by the Conseil des arts de Montréal may offset the financial disadvantage.

The Support Fund for Accessibility Costs is a financial assistance measure that complements the Conseil’s other programs. The deadline to apply for support for accessibility costs is the same as that for the program being applied to.

Artists, collectives or organizations that have obtained financial assistance from the Conseil to carry out a project can also file an application for accessibility cost support up to three months after the decisions related to the successful project have been sent out, provided the project is not completed before the deadline to send out decisions for accessibility cost support applications.

Support is divided into three components:

  • financial support to submit a grant application
  • financial support for accessibility costs for a funded project
  • financial support for presenting organizations to welcome audience members who are D/deaf and/or living with disabilities

Applications

Can I submit more than one application in the same year?

Only one application per year can be submitted for this program.

Who should submit the application?

for collectives: the person designated by the collective

for organizations: a duly authorized representative

What information and documents must I include in my application?
  • curriculum vitaes of artists participating in the project
  • a letter of interest from the host location. This letter must state that the host partner undertakes to support the artist, organization or collective and that it fully understands the need for expertise in citizen participation (e.g., recruiting residents)
  • the project budget
  • a project timeline
  • a list of Internet links (YouTube, Vimeo, website, etc.) showing previous creations is required

Only required documentation will be sent to evaluation committee members

How can I submit an application?

Most of the applications to the Conseil des Arts de Montréal will progressively be submitted through the ORORA online application portal.

Evaluation

How are applications evaluated?

The Conseil receives applications and manages the grant programs. It shares its expertise in evaluating artistic projects and awarding grants based on artistic merit.

What are the evaluation criteria?

Projects will be evaluated based on the following weighting and criteria:

Artistic quality: 45%

  • artistic quality and merit of the co-creation project
  • quality of the artistic work of the artist, collective or arts organization

Citizen co-creation: 35%

  • appeal and accessibility of the co-creation project
  • quality of support activities offered to citizens in the creative process
  • ability of the project to forge ties with the community

Project management and financial stability: 20%

  • feasibility of the project and soundness of the proposal
  • realistic budget forecasts
  • ability of the artist, collective or arts organization to complete the project
What is the response time?

The names of the successful applicants will be announced during the third week of December 2021.

How will I be informed of the decision?

The representative for the organization or collective will receive an email invitation to view the results on the ORORA platform. No decisions will be communicated by phone.

Can I appeal the decision?

The Conseil’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal. However, Conseil staff are available to answer any questions regarding decisions.

Applicants agree not to communicate with members of the evaluation committee or the Conseil’s Board of Directors about the management or evaluation of their application, or about decisions related to their application.

Payment

How will the grant be paid?

The grant awarded will be paid in several instalments:

  • Maximum of $5,000 paid by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • A maximum of $15,000 paid by the Conseil des arts de Montréal or the partner municipalities, with payments spread out depending on the amount awarded.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership will provide the coordination and infrastructure necessary for the presentation of all co-creation projects, subject to a pre-approved budget.

Obligations

Commitments

Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the artist, collective or organization, an undertaking to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions.

The artist, collective or organization agrees to:

  • carry out the project as planned
  • notify the Conseil as soon as possible if unable to carry out the project in the fiscal year for which the grant was awarded; depending on the situation, a full or partial refund may be requested
  • if requested, submit activity and financial statements or reports at the required times
  • if applicable, include in its report photographs, videos or any other relevant, royalty-free visuals that the Conseil may use for promotional or archival purposes

Visibility Standards and Logos

Arts organizations, collectives or individual receiving grant from the Conseil must mention this funding in their information, promotional, or advertising material.

Need more information?
Karine Gariépy
Karine Gariépy
Project Manager - Local and international initiatives

514 280-0540

karine.gariepy@montreal.ca