March 31 2020

COVID-19: Acceleration of Grant Payments

Information note : March 31, 2020

To begin, I would like to extend both mine and the entire Conseil team’s assurances to all organizations and collectives that the community has our full support during these uncertain times.

We understand that the precarious conditions brought on by the COVID-19 crisis have created a strong sense of helplessness. Our teams have received numerous calls and emails from many of you explaining the impacts on your creative, production and broadcasting teams.

Mindful of these disruptions and the extremely fragile state of Montréal’s creative heart, our board of directors approved the measures I share with you today without delay.

Acceleration of Grant Payments
The Conseil will speed up $13 million in funding payments, or 76% of the grants planned for 2020 for several of its programs. This means that the regular terms of payments are cancelled and subsequently amended. We are immediately going ahead with direct deposit payments, which will be made by mid-April at the latest. In making this decision, we are aware the community is under significant financial pressure and we encourage organizations, where possible, to meet the commitments signed with artists under our programs. We understand that organizations have governance bodies to set their priorities and decide on the feasibility of these choices independently.

The grants will be paid exceptionally in the following order over the next two weeks:

General Funding Program

  • The total amount of four-year operating grants (FQUAD) due in 2020 followed by two-year operating grants (FBIS).
  • The balances (10%) of FQUAD and FBIS 2020 operating grants.

Conseil des arts de Montréal Touring Program

  • Grant balances for the 2019–2020 season will be paid despite the cancellation of a number of performances.
  • Seventy percent of subsidies for the 2020–2021 season will be paid given the hardship faced by organizations and collectives.

City of Montréal 2020 visual arts and crafts subsidies program

  • Grants will be paid to applicants on all applications filed with the City of Montréal as of March 31, 2020. 

Fiscal Sponsorship

  • Organizations in the fiscal sponsorship program will be able to modify the fundraising and artistic activities in their agreements as long as these activities meet the program criteria and are approved by the Arts-Philanthropy Project Manager.
  • These organizations will also be able to extend the duration of sponsorship agreements ending in June 2020 through to September 2020. Organizations will need to apply for this extension. Please note, the extended period may last beyond September if required.

You will receive an official letter shortly, and our team members will be in contact with the organizations and collectives involved.

Rest assured we have done everything possible so that our teams can support you from wherever they are working during this trying time. I am positive we will get through the weeks ahead.

Please take care of yourselves, your families and your teams.

Nathalie Maillé
Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal