Creative Export Canada (CEC) – Up to $2.5M in Export Funding

The federal government’s Creative Export Strategy has three main goals: boost export funding in existing Canadian Heritage programs, increase and enhance the international presence of Canada’s creative industries, and establish a new creative export funding program and build relationships needed to make business deals.

As part of this overall strategy, the Creative Export Canada (CEC) program was developed to grow creative industries by funding export-ready projects. This government funding program offers support for projects that generate export revenues and help Canadian creative industries reach more people around the world.

Via Creative Export Canada, successful applicants may receive up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $2.5M in Canadian government funding.

There is an upcoming deadline of March 11, 2020. This article dives deeper into the eligibility criteria specified by the program. Do you have projects that align with the required guidelines? Please contact Mentor Works and we’d be happy to discuss your government funding potential.

Funding Snapshot: Creative Export Canada (CEC)

The Creative Export Canada program supports projects that ultimately aim to increase export profitability for Canada’s creative industries.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, applicants are to express the following:

  • For-profit or not-for-profit organizations (federal program);
  • Maximum of $500M in annual revenues;
  • Minimum of one full-time employee; and
  • Canadian-owned and controlled.

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible for Creative Export Canada must:

  • Expect to generate new export revenues;
  • Have a minimum total cost of $300,000;
  • Be export-ready (content is ready to be marketed, export research/plan is fully developed). Applicant must hold the intellectual property rights for content; and
  • Support one or more of the following creative industries:
    • Audiovisual
    • Music
    • Performing Arts
    • Publishing
    • Visual Art
    • Design (limited to exhibit design, fashion design, artistic product design, public art design, urban design)
    • Interactive Digital Media (in combination with one of the industries listed above).

Eligible Expenses

These project expenses are eligible to be covered under Canadian government funding support:

  • Marketing expenses;
  • Acquisition of digital or other technologies;
  • Professional services or internal labour related to the project;
  • Travel (projects that only consist of travel are unlikely to be competitive);
  • Administrative costs (limited to 15%); and
  • Translation and interpretation expenses (limited to 10%).

Do You Qualify? Apply for Creative Export Canada

The deadline to apply for Creative Export Canada (CEC) is March 11, 2020. Projects must start between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 and can be up to 24 months in length, but end no later than March 31, 2022.

If your organization is interested in Creative Export Canada and your project meets the above eligibility criteria, please contact Mentor Works so we can set up a Funding Discovery Session!

Apply for Canadian Government Funding

Update: Mentor Works is no longer accepting clients for the March 11 intake – we will still gladly answer any questions you may have. This page will be updated if a future deadline is announced.

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As Marketing Coordinator at Mentor Works, an organization that helps optimize the funding discovery and application process, Myra educates and inspires leaders on ways to enhance their business’ growth projects through blog and web publication, social media, and event management. To read more of Myra’s government funding content, view Mentor Works’ blog.

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