Financial Assistance

The calculation methods to determine which fees may be reimbursed can be found below. Educational and cultural partners may be asked for a list of expenses to justify the lodging and travel expenses, the costs of materials and the administrative costs.

Eligible expenses

The fees paid by cultural partners, including the taxes to which they may be subject, are completely reimbursed. Financial aid awarded for other fees can cover up to 75% of eligible expenses. The school must plan to make the necessary funds available to cover the 25% of expenses not reimbursed by the program.

It should be noted that, for private educational institutions, the financial assistance granted for a project could be limited to $10 000, depending on the overall budget.


Cultural partners’ fees are reimbursed to a maximum of $1000 per week per artist or writer, and up to $3000 per week for groups of artists or writers.

Lodging and travel expenses

The cultural partners’ lodging and travel expenses are reimbursed to a maximum of $375 per week for all of the participating partners. The following expenses are eligible:

  • Meal costs for lunch (if the departure from the main office or residence occurs before 11:30 a.m. and the return to the main office or residence occurs after 1:30 p.m.): maximum of $14.30, including taxes and tip
  • Public transportation
  • Car rental
  • Parking fees
  • Reimbursement for the use of a personal vehicle: $0.48 per kilometre or a flat fee of $12 for any round-trip of less than 25 kilometres

The costs may include expenses incurred during planning and coordination meetings. To be considered eligible, these expenses must represent the most economical choices and be necessary for carrying out the project. They must also be approved in advance by the educational institution.

If other travel fees and accommodation costs, including lodging, costs for lunches and dinners, and travel by plane or train, must be incurred due to specific conditions, justification and a list of expenses must be provided when the project is submitted.

Specialized materials and equipment rentals

Fees for the purchase of perishable or non-reusable materials or equipment rentals may be reimbursed to a maximum of $425 per week. To be considered reimbursable, these expenses must be reasonable and necessary for carrying out the artistic experimentation work of students or the personal creative work of the artist or writer and must also be approved in advance by the educational institution.

Administrative costs

Administrative expenses incurred by the school or school board, including the cost of release time for teachers to plan and follow up on the project, are set at a maximum of $175 per week.

Administrative costs associated exclusively with a project and assumed by a cultural organization are set at a maximum of $35 per week. The organization’s general operating expenses are not allowable.

Ineligible expenses

  • show tickets or entrance fees at cultural or other venues
  • fees and expenses related to the presentation of a professional or amateur show at the school or at a cultural venue
  • the purchase of permanent equipment such as:
    • stage equipment
    • computer hardware
    • musical instruments and music stands
    • photographic equipment or video cameras
  • professional development costs for teaching staff and cultural partners
  • publishing costs
  • costs of reproducing the final work (in the case of book publishing projects, a few reproductions are nonetheless authorized for participating classes)
  • fees for professionals (computer graphics artist, videographer, editor, reviser, etc.) who have not contributed personal creative work to the project
  • expenses associated with the participation of a cultural mediator

Contact us

Public schools:

Private schools:

Artists and cultural organizations:
Contact the regional representative of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications in your area  

Contact the l’Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ).


The deadline for receipt of applications has passed for the 2020-2021 school year.

Announcement of results: Early December

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