Creative Catalyst Program

In August 2023, Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Council voted unanimously in favor of a proposal spearheaded by local arts professionals. The proposal outlined a program to support the creation and presentation of artistic works within the CBRM, with small awards acting as a catalyst for artist development in the community.

The program will administer non-repayable awards of $500-$2500. Artists will receive their award following their attestation of the terms and conditions, and be expected to complete a final report upon completion of the project. Projects will assessed by a panel of arts professionals based on a series of criteria set by the program administrator. Successful applications will demonstrate a combination of artistic merit, quality of work, feasibility, and artistic growth of the applicant.

Artists of all skill levels and all mediums who meet eligibility criteria are welcome to apply. Consideration will be made for projects created by marginalized or under-represented populations, new or emerging artists, and artists living with self defined barriers, and for projects created or presented outside of urban areas of the CBRM.


Please read the program guide to ensure eligibility for you and your project. Any questions regarding the program or the application may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program Guide

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