Announcement: Review of the Flying Squad Program, Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council today announced that the October 2012 competition of the Flying Squad program will be suspended while the program undergoes a comprehensive review. The Flying Squad offers grants up to a maximum of $10,000 to arts organizations for organizational or skills development projects.

“The Flying Squad was innovative in its design and intent when it was created in the 1990s and it has had a very positive impact on the milieu. We know, however, that the context for arts organizations has evolved,” said Director and CEO Robert Sirman. “This review is an opportunity to chart a future course that retains the best successes and learnings of the program. Our objective is to benefit the arts sector with a well integrated approach to organizational support.”

“With our financial situation stable for the next three years, we can move forward with this review as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure our programs continue to be relevant, cost-effective and responsive to the changing needs of the community.”

Applications submitted to the April 2012 program deadline will follow the normal assessment process and successful applicants will be funded from the existing budget.

For more information: Caroline Lussier, Head, Dance Section, Arts Disciplines Division at caroline.lussier@canadacouncil.ca

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