Support – Launch of Cultural Property Projects

Do you need professional expertise to help you carry out a cultural property project currently in the review, development or restructuring phase? Your project could be selected to receive assistance from a Montréal-based technical resource group (TRG) over several months.

Support – Launch of Cultural Property Projects

Financing a cultural real estate project

The Conseil has set up a wide range of resources designed to support artists and artistic organizations regarding the challenges of precariousness and preservation of artists’ workshops in our metropolis.


Who is this program for?

This program is for artists, artist collectives and cultural organizations with a property project under study.

What are its objectives?

The program helps artists, artist collectives and cultural organizations develop and ensure the sustainability of their creative spaces.


What assistance is provided?

Your project will receive support from a Montréal-based technical resource group (TRG*) for several months.

Here are a few examples of what a TRG can do for a cultural organization’s property project:

  • Assistance in defining the project
  • Financing and viability study
  • Search for a building or section of a building suited to the group’s needs
  • Search for financing
  • Assistance with legal issues related to a building project (governance structure, tenure type)
  • Project execution (coordinating project professionals during work, accounting, permit applications, etc.)

Examples of services a TRG cannot provide:

  • Support for artistic project governance
  • Developing a business model for cultural organization operations
How long does the support last?

The duration varies, depending on project needs.


What are the general eligibility criteria?

To apply, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The property must be held collectively. Sole proprietors and individual projects are not eligible
  • The project must be for professional artists living in Montréal
  • The project must not be residential in nature
  • The project must be located on the Island of Montréal
  • The project must not receive a City of Montréal subsidy under the first component of the support program for the renovation of buildings housing artists’ studios

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


How to apply?

1. Describe your group and your project in a maximum of four pages (letter format, not handwritten, in a PDF file), specifically detailing:

  • The artistic disciplines in question
  • The project proponents: Describe yourself in a few lines. For example, are you an informal group of professional artists, a professional cultural organization or a collective representing several organizations?
  • The project: Present it by answering the following questions:
    • Who is it for?
    • What need(s) does it meet?
    • What are its main objectives?
    • Have you found a building?
    • If so, what are its main characteristics?
  • Your project timeline: Outline the steps you have already taken. For example, creating a committee, holding working meetings, establishing contacts, drafting supporting documents, developing a business plan, etc.
  • The type of support sought: Specify which category your project falls under (start-up or development).

2. Indicate your objectives and expectations in regard to real estate expertise and any specific needs already identified.

What kind of support do you want from a TRG (building project structuring and governance, property search, viability studies)? You may refer to previously mentioned information or to points presented in the pilot project summary document.

What documents and information must be provided with your application?

In PDF format only:

  • Presentation of the project proponent (CV of the group members if the proponent is not an incorporated organization)
  • Relevant supporting documentation, such as a draft agreement with an owner, offer to purchase, working meeting minutes, etc.
Where to submit an application?

The application, joined with the requested documents and information, must be sent by email to Mélanie Courtois at 

Special conditions?

This support process is documented by the participating groups for the purpose of sharing expertise. Selected collectives will be required to submit a written report of their experience and give their consent for key insights and issues encountered during the support process to be anonymously included in a report that may be made public.


Funding for this support is entirely and directly provided by the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Each selected group will receive $2,000 to offset reporting costs.

Need more information?
Mélanie Courtois
Cultural Planning Consultant